Thursday, March 28, 2019

A great new biscuit recipe - ginger biscuits

I have been cleaning out all sorts of things, one of them being my recipe book. If I haven't made it yet then there does not seem much point in keeping it. Two days ago I nearly got rid of this recipe and I now know that would have been a disaster. So so easy to make, no butter or diary, comes out looking like the magazine picture and totally delicious. The top is bits of preserved ginger.
This recipe was from a Good Magazine in the mid 2000. Sooo good. As a treat I'm going to make home made vanilla icecream and turn the biscuits into a ice cream sandwich as a sumptuous dessert.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Making Sausages

Delicious. Pork and Beef sausages, then Lamb and Pork and Ras el Hanout spice. 

Eli wanted to make sausages as he only likes homemade ones. Ever since his Aunty made sausages he can't face eating shop bought. So I put all the ingredients together and we headed to my sisters on a wet weekend day. Using the lamb from the one we slaughtered and beef from my sisters farm we made enough sausages for 16 (four person) meals.
All hands in to mix
The course grind

Monday, March 18, 2019

Working in the garden

This weekend I got quite a lot completed in the garden. Items I have procrastinated about for a long time. I am a doer and action person. So when tragedy hit our region in the form of a massacre one of the ways I deal with things is to keep active. The garden was the beneficiary.
I did not think of taking before photos until I was part way through. But I had cleaned up all this area and already installed the first sleeper you see on the left. Where the spade and bucked are is still a higher area due to having been the dumping ground for stuff from our other garden changes. The sleepers have been sitting there since January when I purchased them knowing what I wanted to do.
This is the finished area. I just couldn't handle having the ground at a different height, so as well as squaring the garden beds off I dug out the lawn and flattened it all. 

The piece on the right will be completed after I purchase more sleepers. Then there will only be one area left to complete (the side of the house). I'm really pleased as it now looks like a purposeful area outside. 
I also composted this garden and put in some more brassica's (tiny little bits of green down the left side). The ones I planted last month are now a good size. One of the four beds all tucked up for winter! 


A gorgeous break in Rarotonga

Woo hoo, A holiday with no kids for 11 days. Bliss, relaxing and warm! BTW it was an early 20th wedding anniversary present to ourselves....