Sunday, 4 September 2016

A little bit of everything.

Isn't it lovely to see the changing seasons?  I love the country I live in.  There is a definite move from one season to another and with it brings new things.  Moving into our smallholding has shown us new seasonal sights, especially harvest.  Every day I look over to the fields around us and see the farmers hard at work, the roads have the tell tale bits of straw which have escaped when being transported, lined up along their sides and every few days we see bales of hay and straw piling up at random points along the horizon. 

For us personally, moving into Autumn is the shift from summer eating to slightly more Autumnal dishes, slowly introducing the slow cooker again, eating basic staples like mashed potatoes with beef gravy (yum) and my mind turns to making things like soup again.  I know you can make soup in the summer but it's not something I enjoy eating during the warmest months and I enjoy the process more in the Autumn and especially the Winter.  One of my favourite soups is anything with sweet potatoes, squashes and pumpkins.  Speaking of which, I've been growing pumpkins this year and one of them is enormous!  It probably won't taste very nice with it being so big, but I have decided to enter it into a local show on 17th September.  It's our first ever show, first ever pumpkin actually, so I though let's go have some fun.

Over the last couple of weeks, I'm thrilled to say my daughter has followed in my footsteps with regards to enjoying cooking and has started making some of our meals.  She's 9 and I am extremely proud of her.  Here she is knocking up some apricot and pumpkin seed flapjacks for our packed lunches.  They were so delicious, I didn't get to take a photo of the end result!
The new company that we're using for the veg box scheme are called Riverford and so far I am really pleased with them.  Their veg is so fresh and tasty and the milk has a good date one it.  Here's the last order that came. 
 But what on earth do I do with tomatillos?!

I bought some granola to get an idea of what to include if I made my own.  It wasn't cheap, £4 for this little tub, so I won't be ordering it frequently, but hopefully I'll like it and make my own as I'm struggling with what healthy breakfasts I can have.
Our girls have been producing eggs left, right and centre.  We've had about 120 eggs spare at any one time so if anyone has any ideas of what to make with eggs apart from frittatas, quiches, cakes, eggs on toast etc then I would appreciate them! Some of the eggs have been huge over the last couple of weeks.  The one of the left is a hen egg next to a duck egg (second from left) and 2 standard hen eggs on the right.
Whilst we were off we took our metal detector into the field as it used to be a medieval settlement so we hoped to find some exciting hints into what happened there in the past.  We were told it was a graveyard but looking at it from an aerial view you can see the outlines where the houses/rooms/foundations were.  On this photo we're in the right hand side.  It's all changed since the photo was taken and the big farm has been split into 3 but we an see our fields on here.  It's really interesting and I think I will see what I can find out about its past.  We managed to dig up 2 horse shoes and some parts of a rusty old gate.
 
In the garden, I've cleared out the veg beds that had finished producing and that don't come back next year.  I noticed we have some raspberries coming from the same canes that produced around 4/5 weeks ago.  Should that be happening and are they summer fruiting or autumn (I realise this is a silly question to some!)?






We really have had a lovely summer holiday, there's nothing as fabulous as family time in a place you love.  I'll wrap up now as I will be wittering on all night otherwise.  Back to normal now :)


12 comments:

  1. My raspberries have fruited for a second time, mine are summer canes.

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  2. I am just getting raspberries now. I hope the rain we had last night will help swell the berries.

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    1. Are yours summer ones do you know, they must be as it's not Autumn yet, surely? ;|

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  3. Fab photos. I love posts like this, a bit of everything. Your pumpkin is awesome!I have a couple of squaash growing but not sure how they will do before the end of grwowing time. Have you thought of pickling some of the eggs? We haven't tried the ones I have done yet, waiting for a chippy tea to have them with!I have to admit I am loking forward to clearing a couple of places to make a fresh start and hopefully do better next year.xx

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    1. I know you said about pickling eggs and it totally slipped my mind so I am going to put it to the top of my list! I've just ordered a couple of things to get in the ground now - will post more soon x

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  4. You could freeze some packs of beaten eggs. They scramble, make omelettes and cakes just fine.

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  5. Like Jo I was going to say mix eggs singularly and freeze. we do this is silicon fairy cake moulds then you know the how much to use in backing or scrambled eggs. You could also make meringues, keep them in an air tight container they will last for weeks.

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    1. I NEED to make meringues! Thanks for the tip too, good idea or I'd lose count.

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  6. Batter mixes freeze well, I was also going to say that eggs can be frozen singularly in cake moulds, just break an egg into it and once frozen they can be taken out and packed into bags and stored in containers.

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  7. Well I've never heard of it until just now! Thanks for the batter mix tip too.

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