Saturday, March 12, 2011

Random Thoughts On Doing It Yourself

I've always been a firm adherent of a kind of do-it-yourself, make-it-yourself, grow-it-yourself kind of philosophy as far as is humanly possible. I think that is why I am really attracted to the idea of making my living totally from what I can create with my own hands.

I am fairly anti fast food and I try not to buy much food that comes from a long way away. Having said that, I am not obssessed to the idea of total prohibition - I just like to keep my consumption as local as possible and as home-grown as possible. In the past I have kept goats (for meat, milk and hair), sheep (for meat and wool), chickens and ducks (for eggs) and may do so again in future, but at the moment we are growing a good array of vegetables in our home garden. I love being able to pile a plate up with home-grown goodies, that I know have had no pesticides or other nasties applied to them and which have been grown using only organic fertilizers. I also bake......bread, biscuits (the cookie kind) cakes etc.

Together, we also like to make things for our house ourselves from soft furnishings to furniture and we generate much of our electricity from a roof-installed solar collection panels - we have six and we will, in future, add six more. We also heat our hot water with a solar system.
Next plan is to start collecting rainwater.

At the moment, after an unusually wet summer, I am eyeing off the mini-plague of plump little bunnies that are hopping around our yard as bold as brass - a few of those in the freezer might be nice! (To my sensitive overseas readers, you need to understand that rabbits are an introduced pest species in Australia and eradicating them is actually a good thing, even though they are mighty cute!) They are safe at the moment - I have no means of catching them ;-)

OK - long story short - I have three days at home by myself and I decided to try and buy almost nothing and only eat what was fresh in the garden as a little challenge. Here's what I cooked up for myself last night for dinner - all screaming fresh from the garden. It was heavenly, flavoured with fresh herbs and I didn't miss having a hunk of meat on the plate - I think I could almost live without it, actually (bunnies notwithstanding!)

8 comments:

Jo in TAS said...

Tha plate would have been oozing with flavour unlike the goods that have been in coldstore for years! Delicious!!

Susie McMahon said...

Sure was Jo! I'm about to have a fossick in the garden to see what I can cook up for myself tonight....I dreaming of roasted beetroot and parsnips and pink fir potatoes with a creamed spinach and garlic sauce. Better stop.....I'm drooling on the keyboard!! ;-P

Marisa Stein said...

that's a great idea, I think I'll try to eat locally too.

Susie McMahon said...

It just makes so much sense, Marisa, when you consider the energy (and resultant carbon pollution) required to transport out-of-season vegetables and fruit vast distances, even between continents. We have got ourselves just too accustomed to having whatever we want whenever we want it whatever the season. Local fruit and veges usually taste much better, and if you can source organic, so much the better. But best of all in the taste and nutrition race is home grown!!

flyingbeader said...

OMg that looks so delicious! I so miss having something from our garden even though it is small & sometimes & dogs get in there & trample down stuff. I"m waiting for the steer I bought with my brother is ready then fresh grass fed beef & I always get my chicken from a place near by that only buys Ohio produce. But there are times living here in the big city that I have to just indulge.

Never ate rabbit myself, but my Dad always said they were good eating.

Susie McMahon said...

Rabbit is under-rated as a first class low fat meat, Dot. I think there is a stigma attached to it from the Great Depression days. Makes an excellent stew or casserole. Grass fed beef sounds good - my neighbour's cows got in here a week ago and started to eat some of our corn - demolished a row of it in a very short time - fortunately Bob put in plenty. But I think the neighbours owe us some CORN-fed beef next time they prepare a beast!

Janine said...

It looks like a gourmet meal to me!

Sue said...

That looks so good! Can't wait until we have a garden going again. Spring isn't quite here yet in Michigan. There's nothing like going outside and picking dinner from the garden, especially with all the crazy things they do to food these days.

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