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May 2018 Farm Round Up
An amazing turnaround on the weather front - May was one of the hottest on record and everything is growing so fast, you can almost see it! The spring mornings here on the farm are stunning - they have still been quite chilly with very heavy dew but once the sun starts to climb up above the ridge, there is real warmth in it - picture perfect.Hedgerows are bursting with the fresh new foliage, almost lime green in colour, and the grass (and weeds) are rapidly repairing the muddy patches of winter. In fact, and yes, I can't believe I am...
Two fabulous easy sauces to serve with BBQs or Slow Roasts
They work well together or apart! Robert's BBQ Sauce (followed by Cool Coriander Sauce)Ingredients: (all measures dessert spoons)15 dsp cider vinegar10 dsp brown sugar3 dsp Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce2 dsp tomato ketchup3 dsp tomato pureeWhole head garlic, peeled and finely choppedChilli sauce or finely chopped chilli, to tasteSalt to tasteMethod:Warm the vinegar and sugar in a stainless steel or enamel pan (non-reactive) to a gentle simmer and stir until the sugar melts. Add the chopped garlic and simmer for 1 minute, then remove from the heat.Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well mixed. Return to the heat and bring back to the simmer,...
April 2018 Farm Round up
Phew - at last, winter seems to have left us! The Beast from the East was followed by a mini-heatwave - one week I was breaking ice on water troughs, the following week I was tipping bucket after bucket of water into wallows for the pigs to cool down. Fun Fact: pigs can't sweat so need wallows to keep cool in hot weather. And they are still all sporting their winter coats so they really needed those wallows :-) Quick video opportunity of our lovely curly coated Mangalitzas - before and after the wallowing!! Sorry the end of the video is...