Home Made Bread

Bread….it’s delicious, but I can’t have too much of it. I do worry about the preservatives in it, and have tried my hand sparodically making it in a breadmaker ive had for a few years.

I have discovered the perfect recipe as of yesterday.

And just let me add, it smells delicious, and is light and fluffy.

I think doing it this way would have a lesser impact on the environment. No plastic as well, which is what I am into at the moment. Just taking small steps, in hopes of putting it out there , setting and example to my kids, and hoping that others will follow.

So, here is my very simple recipe for making a delicious white bread. I have done a bulk order for some unbleached, and also whole meal bread, so I will see how it goes with those two.

Loaf

2 1/2 cups 00 flour

1 1/2 teaspoons yeast

big pinch ascorbic acid (vitamin c found in a packet at the chemist)

Pinch salt

Teaspoon of sugar

tablespoon of olive oil

1/3 cup coconut cream/milk

190 mls water

Pop all in the bread maker and switch on. Mine is the first setting and it takes about 3 and a half hours to cook.

Once it has stopped mixing and it’s in for its final bake, with mine it’s when it has about an hour to go, I gently painted on an egg white and sprinkled the top with a mix of chips seeds, sesame seeds and pepitas.

And that’s it.

Delicious home made bread without preservatives to go with the pumpkin Soup I will be making for dinner tonight.

Now, one little slice won’t be too dreadful for me. ūüėČ

Here it is in the bread maker.


Any questions about making this…..just ask.

Do YOU make homemade bread. Would love to hear about it and what you use in your ingredients.

Until next time

Lots of it

Mandy

Xxx

Refurbished Furniture

There is nothing like the rewarding feeling when you have worked hard and made something g beautiful.

Recently, I got a chest of drawers from a pay it forward site. I actually passed on a bundle of clothing, so the site works well and really makes you think about what you have in your home and could anything you have in your home get better use by someone else…..anyway…


This chest of drawers was a little worse for ware, with many scratches and it looked loved , that’s for sure, but also looked like it could use a little more love.

So, sanding back and beeswaxing made this a little beauty. The woman that we picked it up off actually told me that it used to be her mothers, and this lady was a tad older than me,  so we are talking beautiful vintage chest of drawers. I feel so lucky to have these now sitting in my bedroom.


It’s amazing what a little hard work can do.

And not a cent was exchanged, nor anything thrown out. Yippee!!!


Recycle and reuse.

Saving the planet one little step at a time.

Until next time.

Lots of it.

Mandy

Xxx

Curing Olives

Well…I have an amazing tree. It was planted about 9 years ago. It’s so pretty, even if it is growing on an angle, and it has only produced 8 fruit in all that time. My olive tree has given me 6 fruits this year and two last year.


So, I am thankful for my crop swapping page on Facebook. I swapped 2.5 kilos of mixed olives for some grape vine cuttings and some lemons and limes. If you don’t already, start to grow some of your own food. It’s so incredibly rewarding.

I have done lots of reading and seemed advice from others who have done it, but here’s how I have, and they taste delicious.

Marinated Olives Black/Greenblack

Olives (pick out soft, bruised or damaged ones)

I used spring water in a ten litre bottle

Red/white wine vinegar (I had no red so used apple cider vinegar. I hope it works out ok)

Sea salt (don’t use anything with anticaking agents or iodisedsalt)

Herbs

Garlic

Olive oil

So, you cut a slit on each side of the olive and try hard not to reach the seed. This helps the water get into the olive to soften the bitterness of the olive.

Find yourself a clean container, and pop the olives in.

Fill to the top with the water.

I had some popping up above the water line so I used an old ten litre water bottle and cut a piece that fit on the top of the olives. I pushed it below the water line and it kept them down.


I did ¬†his for 13 Days…make sure you change the water every day. I generally did it in the morning.

I drained the water on the 13th day, rinsed them, and then added the brine.

1 litre of spring water

Half cup sea salt(mix that in until dissolved, or almost dissolved)

1 cup red  wine vinegar for the dark olives and

Half cup white wine vinegar for the green/black olives

I threw some bay leaves, rosemary and garlic into the bottle and poured the brine over the olives.

pour some olive oil over the top of it all. I put about half an inch in.

Make sure the  olives and herbs are under the brine (this is where I used the plastic cut out to push them down)

Store in a dark cool place for a month. They should be ready by then.

Apparently they can keep for up to a year. It haven’t tested the theory out, but once I start using them I will leave them in the fridge.


I am trying to get my hands on more olives at the moment to do some more.

Until next time

Lots of it

Mandy

Xxx

Seeds

I have a bit of a passion at the moment. Well, I have always had it. I am a bit of a closet hippie. But what I really mean is, I love to do lots of arty crafty things, I am loving growing my own food and sharing it, and I am trying to lesson our family’s environmental impact and on our gorgeous planet. Trying to recycle as much as I can, preserve food and I have even started up an excess produce swap group. And to make me even more alternative, I homeschool.

And I absolutely love it all. 
Now, onto the seeds.
Yesterday I made pumpkin Soup for dinner, and decided to save the seeds and hopefully I will be able to plant some and also grow some seedlings to swap with others.
What you need to do is, wash the pulp away from the seeds, and spread out to dry. Leave them for about a week to dry out. I will store them in a brown paper bag and pop them with all my other seeds. They are due for planting in September, October, November and December. So I have a bit of a wait.

Here is the process in photos.




Still a few days before I can pop them into an envelope. 

Here are some other seeds i used the same process with.

Capsicum


And Eggplant


Here’s hoping they work.

Only had one swap this week, but it was for a lovely kiwi fruit cutting. 

It will pop it up onto the frames I made a month or so ago.

Always trying to make a difference. We throw out so many seeds each day. Maybe you could give it a try? Would love to hear of your successes and what you have learned from trying to grow from seeds.

Until next time

Lots of it

Mandy

Xxx