Archive for Jul, 2012

Pomo chickens?

Yolk within white within shell is a social construct. Pomo chicken transcends it.



Garden: late July


There’s not much going on in the garden: the blueberries seem to be getting ready for a big spring, and the garlic is looking nice, but the clear champions are the broad beans. They have survived much frost and manhandling-I’ve bent them through this lattice a number of times-and they’re still the healthiest looking things in the garden. We’ve also planted peas where the bean curtain from last year grew too, but no sign of seedlings yet. Stay tuned: more winter garden pics soon.

Bake me some pie

After a rather gruesome week I had 10 pairs of chicken breasts and little energy or inspiration so it’s pie! Seared the breasts whole (I just couldn’t be bothered cutting them up) and simmered them in a stock made from 5 roasted carcasses and the remnants from a roast supermarket turkey hindquarter. Once cooked I chopped up the meat and reduced the stock. The pastry is a shortcrust of butter, flour and milk.



I got 6 dinner sized pies out of this batch: 9 of the chickens were bantam australorp cockerels which had relatively large breasts for their size but still small by shop standards.
I love making shortcrust pastry; not only because raw it’s the favorite food of our 3 year old (besides chicken liver), but because it’s really hard to buy good pastry, but easy to make it. Butter and flour goes in the food processor, process and adjust by adding more of one or the other till you have something like wet sand. Add a small amount of milk, or an egg, and a wee bit of baking powder, mix, and chill for 20 mins. The only caveat is that you mustn’t overheat or overwork the dough: that would make it tough.

Yup, it works


Omg its brilliant! One rise, 20 mins in the oven.

Bread developments



Exciting news, readers: for those not keen to make paneer at home in order to make whey for amazing bread, it looks like two spoons of sour cream will do the trick. These puppies are riding like the dead at zombie apocalypse. A little glutinous rice flour from your Asian grocer and a couple of handfuls of linseeds (flax seeds) also contribute to a dough of superior texture. Results to follow after baking is complete.

Winter Solstice 2012


From our solstice party a few weeks back.

Thanks, good guys and sharp


This is what a sharp inverter microwave looks like 15 days after purchase from the “good guys” Belconnen. Apparently they only replace items within 14 days and after that it’s repair only, regardless of your statutory rights (Australia). The lady at act office of regulatory services reckons this is ok but I haven’t run it past the accc. Meanwhile if you think that you deserve a microwave that lasts longer that 15 days at a time don’t make our mistake!

Edit: sharp, nor Samsung! Sincerest regrets etc.

And in today’s episode of Araucana Antics…

Today the chickens in the Araucana pen managed to knock their nesting box upside down trapping Hugh Grant (the rooster) inside it.  I feel there may be something to read into this, especially given that a couple of the girls are starting to lose some back feathers at the, ahem, mounting point.  Maybe they decided they’d had enough today and took matters into their ownhands (wings? claws? feet?  This cliche loses something when applied to chickens…)

The rooster trapping episode backfired a bit though; as soon as the nesting box was righted again there was an immediate squabble between Imogen and Tinsel for who got to use it first.  Looks like they’d been holding on all morning.

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