Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mum and Dads chorizos

Got a phone call from Dad, he needed some help to tie the pork sausages up. These are not any ordinary sausages, they are mum and dads spanish chorizos. 

We have grown up with them, my son loves them, Isabel loves them, everybody loves them. The mince is mixed with paprika, garlic, salt and white wine, left overnight and then put into the casings.

Mum was in bed, she didn't get much sleep and had to work later that day, and the chorizos needed tying and hanging up. We were half way through eating our lunch at home when he rang, so we progressed our lunch to dads shed.


After a long working life, Dads hands aren't the best at tying fiddly string, he sections up the sausages and I tie string, lots of string! I really enjoyed spending time with him, he reminisced about doing this with his mother in Spain when he was a kid. Now he has retired we see a lot more of him, and I loved that my girls were there too, participating in a family tradition.

Brett is still on time off work, and he came half way through to help. It took us nearly three hours. They will hang here to dry out a bit, and Dad will put them in the smoke house for a couple of days.







This is a pork leg in salt, a familiar sight from my childhood too, only on a smaller scale. Dad used to have an old bath full of salt in his shed for salting pork. This will end up delicious proscuitto, Mum has some pancetta on the go too.



I brought home one sausage and some loose mince. We were having chicken wings for tea, so I stuffed some of them with the mince. I hung up the lone sausage in the kitchen to dry out and froze the rest. The flavour was amazing with the chicken. I freakin love the taste of this stuff, I wish you could smell it, taste it even, it really is the best!



Do you have favourite food traditions in your family? I'd love to hear about them.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Sweet Potato Pie


I have too many sweet potatoes, Brett bought more from the Harndorf fruit and veggie market on his way home from Adelaide and I already had some. I've been using them to make baby food, but Summer is eating a lot of the stuff we do now so I went looking for a recipe. I found this one and it's delicious. 



Sweet Potato Pie
500g sweet potato
125g butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla essence
Shortcrust pastry

Boil whole sweet potatoes until cooked through, strain off water and remove the skin. 
Mash with butter until smooth. Add remainder of ingredients and mix.
Place shortcrust pastry into a pie dish, pour mixture in and bake at 175 degrees for 50 minutes to an hour.

I used margarine instead of butter, and all spice instead of cinnamon and nutmeg. I used the same pastry recipe as in my asparagus quiche, but you can use the frozen stuff. It kinda reminds me of custard tart, but with a veggie flavour.




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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Open Garden #3


I planted about 8 garlic cloves two weeks ago that had started sprouting in the kitchen. They have just started to poke up through the soil. They belong to the species Allium, garlic being Allium sativum. Chives are included in this species as well.

cute aren't they? :)
Peas, beans, cabbage and strawberries don't like growing anywhere it, but roses, tomatoes, apples and peaches will appreciate its presence, to keep the nasties away.

Look what I bought at Woolies, $14 marked down to $5.50, aren't they gorgeous. There is six bulbs all together, thats less than a dollar a bulb! Bargain! They are looking pretty on the table near the front door for now, before I find a spot for them.


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Friday, July 27, 2012

Purple and White


The innocence of white,
pure and elegant



The royalty of purple,
 dignified and proud




peaceful

majestic





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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cake, tea cups and feathers

Not the best of days, Isabel was naughty central ALL day, mainly giving her sister the shits, which in turn gave me the shits. I did get a fair bit done, despite her pushing me just about every second of my day, the naughty chair got a work out. I had tears at one point, and the little bugger brought me a tissue, redeemed herself with a  heart melt moment.


I baked.
Complete with finger holes, Isabel climbed onto the bench while I was hanging out washing


 Boiled Chocolate Cake

 120gr butter
   3/4 cup sugar 
1 cup water 
   1/2 tsp bicarb soda
3 Tbsp cocoa
 1 1/2 cups SR Flour
2 eggs, beaten

Boil butter, sugar, bicarb, water and cocoa for 2 minutes. Let cool.
Add flour, then egg.
Bake in a moderate oven for 45 mins.

I fixed up an old chook house.



My dad got it at a clearance sale, he frequents them a lot since he retired a couple of years ago. He bought it for mum, she didn't want it, along with half the crap stuff he comes home with. Most of it is actually good, I love this picture he got with a bulk lot, it's hanging in my kitchen, I like tea cups.


I'd been thinking about chooks for a while, so after I finished patching up holes in the wire, we went and picked up two chooks from this old fella round the corner. Isabel was very excited, and has exclaimed since to everyone we have seen, "We got CHOOKS!". Funny. She loves to feed her uncles chooks and collect the eggs, now we have our own, yet to be named girls. I'm thinking Henny Penny and Chicken Licken.



Look what I found in the morning!!!

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