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In My Kitchen

April 8, 2015
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I’m so excited to be doing my very first IMK link up post.
Our kitchen in the homestead is always a pretty busy place.  Aside from the normal day-to-day meals there is usually some kind of fermenting going on,  maybe some preserving or even some cheese making.
Fermenting is such a rewarding thing to do, making something different and oh so good for you. Turning sweet tea into a fizzy tonic (kombucha), flour and water into a bowl of wild yeast starter, even milk into a drink packed with probiotic goodness or just good old yogurt.

You can have all sorts of tools to help with these things or just the kitchen basics.  My new tool this month is a Komo grain mill , perfect for grinding fresh organic grains for the sourdough starter.

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Such a beautiful machine it is and such a pleasure to use.  Below is a very bubbly bowl of gluten-free sourdough starter using freshly ground brown rice flour.

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Our pantry is filling up nicely this month with preserves. Family favourites include these gorgeous bottles of black doris plums. And this year I have the pleasure of trying out Quinces for the first time, picked from the gnarly ancient tree behind our house. My favourite way to eat them so far, is to lightly poach them in syrup then to top them with fresh homemade yogurt. One word, yummy.
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Autumn is also a time to harvest honey, so this last week we visited our lovely bees. We only take a little leaving plenty for the bees over winter. We use the crush and strain method from our naturally drawn combs, which gets us a bit of propolis and pollen too.
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Well that’s a snap shot of some of what’s going on in our kitchen this month.
Thanks to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial  for the link up.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2015 10:55 pm

    What an amazing life you live!! For a city girl like myself, I can’t even begin to imagine pressing your own honey! Have you got a recipe for the GF starter? Lots of IMK people have been after a good one! Big welcome to IMK and thanks for the look around!

    • April 12, 2015 4:03 pm

      Selma. Thanks for visiting, we do have a great life. Fresh honey is beautiful. I do have a recipe for the gluten free sourdough starter, I will post it in the next blog post.

  2. April 9, 2015 5:57 pm

    Wow! A grain mill, looks beautiful. If I bought one it would probably just be a beautiful ornament!

  3. April 10, 2015 5:03 pm

    such a thing of beauty is that grain mill. and your honey! just gorgeous. welcome to IMK.

  4. April 12, 2015 4:33 am

    I’ve always loved the idea of having bees but my husband quite rightly points out it’d be like a kid having a pet, he’d end up being the one that did all the looking after!!!
    Your honey looks so good though!
    Kavey (fellow IMKer)

    • April 12, 2015 3:59 pm

      Kavey. To be honest my husband does most of the caring of the bees, I assist, although I do have my own small hive. The honey is fabulous.

  5. Ania @ Milk, Toast and Honey permalink
    April 13, 2015 4:06 am

    Wow, that honey! Yum! It all looks amazing, what a wonderful IMK!

  6. April 14, 2015 3:38 am

    Hi Sandy, welcome to IMK! The honey looks great! We wanted to start a hive out back but town ordinance said otherwise.

  7. April 14, 2015 9:03 pm

    I really *love* that grain mill Sandy! How much does it grind?

  8. April 15, 2015 10:47 am

    Beautiful honey! I’m looking forward to the recipe for GF starter. Welcome to IMK.

  9. April 17, 2015 12:04 pm

    Welcome to IMK. Very interested in your GF sourdough starter. I’m drooling just looking at that beautiful honeycomb!

  10. April 29, 2015 1:52 pm

    Wow, what a great post! A GF starter AND backyard honey! Thanks for playing! 🙂

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