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Turnbull

Living on the farm we have many animals (mainly calves and lambs) to rescue and raise. Most times we are successful other times we are not. There are reasons why some animals do not mother with their children, they must know they are born unable to survive. If we find them we take them into the animals Nursery.

No such problem with the bull “turn”as he was named came in September and took to drinking from the bottle quickly and confidently, he was soon joined by Johnny and Coco the merino lambs from the city. They bonded together and became a clan. Turnbull drinking in August, joined with the lambs in September watched by our Goldie.

The lambs have moved into a mob of sheep and I couldn’t cope with the constant pooh at the door and the flies they were bringing into the house every time a back door opened so they are living well together in the shearing shed in the next paddock behind the house.

Turnbull is a very quiet Angus calf, except when he hears the shower turn on so he comes to the window and bellows for his food (milk) and boy has he grown. He waits for me at the end of the carport and comes up for a face rub with or without a bucket of milk. I am still wary of him – he will grow to be approx 1000 kilos or more and he is now at underarm height and I laugh as he walks besides me on the way to his milk feeder. I think how ridiculous it must look to strangers to see this middle aged woman carrying a silver bucket of milk in one hand with a Golden retriever walking along and on the other side Turnbull is trotting and pushing into me, so I have to direct him with my hand.

I still don’t trust him enough to walk behind him I am now at good knee capping height as that will be where he would kick back, straight into my knee cap. No thanks. Having the sunshine back has been great for everyone, including the farmer and animals.

 

 

Monday Meal Time

sausages

Monday time to be thinking of dinner? How about something simple one to end the first day of the week?

if you have kids, get them to assist. Look at having a “hotdog” or sausage in bread or even a wrap for those that don’t like bread. Get the size rolls you want and break them open, use butter if you like, it depends on your preference, if you use wraps open them.

Cut some onions, push them apart to be rings,  if you are not about to cook them put them in a bowl with some oil until you are ready to place them on the fry pan or BBQ.

Salad is great in any weather, make sure you have one ready, wash the items, like tomato, lettuce, cucumber, pickle and anything else. Pick your own dressing

Nothing like ketchup or home made tomato sauce and or mustard to give it flavour.

Quick and easy We have gluten free, real lamb or beef sausages.

Nothing is bad if eaten in moderation.

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Leaving the Cattle yards

Leaving the cattle yards can sometimes be akin to leaving home, not all animals that come to a farm, leave the farm for the markets, become food  or to breed on other peoples farm. I have hand reared many an animal over the last few years and these ones have brought more satisfaction than most. It was at a time when I was struggling to understand why I was still here.

If it were not for the fact I was asked to help preserve these beautiful creatures, bottle feed them and care for them during drought and a very cold winter I couldn’t justify mentally why I was here. They will still come up and give me a lick when they see me or come within smelling distance.

I helped the farmer today separate them from the mobs they went to and they re met up with Annie and baby Jeremy, it was a sight to see and unfortunately I did not have my camera. When Annie smelt them she rubbed her head on each of them in recognition and they back, much like cousins or sisters do when they haven’t seen each other for a while. It was Annie and Jeremy’s fault they wander off and joined with the big girls now they are back with each other with a bull to start the breeding process, they are all 18 months old now. Jeremy would be almost 12 months and had a ring placed on his testicles so that he can not breed, he will become a steer and join the big boys later down the track.

No: 11 is Abby born on my birthday and our cousin Abby’s birthday, No 15 is Hope, No 6 is Delilah. Josie is the lamb and No2 is Rosie. This was when we were moving them to separate them.

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Finding the Next New food trend.

I returned this week from Singapore and was taken to the Adelaide Central Market by the farmer for some lunch and a coffee. he really wanted a neck massage – as he finds this very helpful to ease the stress from his farming work load and driving over 300 kms to collect me from the airport.

I was lucky enough to get invited to a South Australian Government Delegation to Singapore where I have met some fantastic people and potential business opportunities. This has inspired me to keep going with looking to other markets for our grass fed, clean and green meat products. It is about time we promote what we are doing and share it with pride.

My husband loves what he does and the mark of any person is how they treat animals and each other. His whole focus since he was old enough to walk and talk has been farming and this shows in the quality of the farming enterprise we now have, one he built up with his father.

I love the Adelaide Central market and we spend time there most times we head to the city, it is a fantastic collection of local South Australian produced food and produce. Wednesday we had lunch and a walk around and cam across a new stall there. I must admit I love reality cooking shows I don’t know why but I like the challenges and when there are South Australian contestants I want them to win. This year in Masterchef we had the lovely Heather Day and she made it through to the top ten.

We walk up the aisle and there she is, standing behind the counter selling her butter she came out as we approached and stopped to talk with us. She asked us to try her products which is a range of beautiful South Australian Butters made from a South Australian dairy farm Fleurieu Milks within our state region. We loved it and bought one Miso to try, well it lasted for 2 nights worth of dinner.

I did a porterhouse steak with a Miso butter mushroom sauce, with Miso butter mash potato and vegetables, then I made a Miso, red wine gravy for the lamb the following night and it’s all but gone. well then I went to find her on Facebook and saw she has a pozible campaign so I read the options and thought long and hard and selected the create your own flavour option.How exciting is that , we not only get to help a young lady create her dreams but work with her to develop a flavour for our brand (limited time available).

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Since we have committed to doing his, the farmer has come up with 3 different recipes, we have only chosen the one option but may well have to do the second one and is very supportive in getting this across the line. If anyone wants to help set the new trend in food – this is it. Taken from Adelaide Central Market News:  Created by Heather Day, Hey Day Butter uses cream from local grass-fed Fleurieu Milk Company cows to create pristine quality hand-churned butter, including cinnamon and currant, organic miso and River Murray salted flavours.

Get on to her campaign and support her, this will be the next big Paleo option.

Heather Day Butter

(Picture taken from Adelaide Central Market news)

 

 

Paleo

Paleo is the new modern word for eating, though it does mean ancient or olden times and yet here we are adopting this for it’s health benefits. It gives us an indication of what to eat and what to avoid, I am yet to adopt in full but we are moving over to it. I think if I am honest I need to cut down the alcohol and go to a glass of wine on the weekend rather than nightly.

One of the things I love about Paleo is it’s sensibility on lean Meats , and push towards grass- fed meats. we are lucky in that we do produce or own on the farm and sell direct into our closest city and looking to branch further in to kitchens and fridges.

We love a great Lamb, Beef or Chicken Roast on our house, nothing smells nicer than it cooking slowly in the oven, but sometimes it’s hard to even think about getting dinner. By the time we’ve done a days work and come in, the place can be cold, having a freezer full of meat is no comfort either.

So I like meals I call “quick and dirty” though I love cooking shows you can see the times allocated and those chefs produce fantastic meals in 2 hours – I don’t want to spend time away from family and sometimes getting meals is plain boring.

On a quick night – as I am an unprepared cook, I will pull meat out of the freezer and start the defrost option. We live a good distance away from shops so defrosted is only when i bring it home ready to be packaged and placed into the freezer. They are easy meals, with lamb, I’ll grab some loin chops or a shoulder roast, with beef it’s t-bone steak and when we get chicken it’s always a roast.

I’d love to read what you are doing with your meats, but here is a chart I found on the internet that tells us the Paleo way. I’ll do more research into what is healthy fats and get back to you all.

Okay To Eat Avoid
Fruits Dairy
Vegetables Grains
Lean Meats Processed Food & Sugars
Seafood Legumes
Nuts & Seeds Starches
Healthy Fats Alcohol

Sunday day of rest?

sunday rest day

Sometimes these sayings make us smile with irony don’t they. Sunday back to school tomorrow or Tuesday in South Australia so parent swill be running around getting things ready for the beginning of the week. School bags may be being cleaned out of last terms rubbish,  notes and in some cases mouldy lunches in lunch boxes.

Are you planning lunches or playing it by chance, went shopping yesterday for the required items? what do you send? If anyone has any great suggestions send them in and we’ll publish them. My daughter didn’t like to eat so she in primary school had lettuce sandwiches, they consisted of 2 pieces of white bread, margarine, cut up lettuce and that was all. She never ate vegemite spread so that made simple sandwiches hard.

Sunday night dinner? that’s always a rush as well, for going back to school one can’t go past a good hearty spaghetti bolognaise, most of you would have a great recipe. You can use beef, lamb or pork mince, head to the butcher in your area even in the supermarket the quality of these meats in Australia is great. We love our beef mince here, it’s grass-fed, healthy and gluten free.

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The pasta is great for kids and for those scared of carbs, you only need 100 grams per serve, add the sauce and sprinkle with parmesan. To get the kids involved in helping , do some garlic bread, cut a long french stick or small rolls or even sliced bread, place some soft butter or margarine in a bowl with some minced garlic, spread the butter on both sides of the bread or rolls wrap in al foil and place in oven for 30 minutes. With sliced bread I place it directly on the grill plate and grill each side rather than bake. Cut and serve.

Do you buy in bulk or do you buy in standard cuts?

How do you shop? is it a thing to think about on a daily basis? do you plan daily meals at meal times and stand at the fridge door like me, are you budget and weight conscious and plan and make meals on your spare days so the family know what to get out and assist you with if you are a working person?

It is a known fact that people who plan and cook meals weekly lose weight and maintain a high level of health, as these people are disciplined enough to carry through plans and not buy out of the budget and meal options. Taking fully prepared lunch to work or school is also the sign of an organised person who is not only budget aware but health aware, one never sees someone bring in hot chips and gravy to reheat in the microwave or do you?

The idea is to plan your meals, write your shopping list and set about creating your new healthy organised self. Plan the meat meals and decide what you are buying, red meat, beef, lamb, kangaroo, pink meat pork and white meat, chicken and fish. It is not necessary to buy and precook veg’s these can be done daily if you need to shop, but never shop when you are hungry as you make bad choices. Put down the oven pizza or frozen / non frozen burger and buy the grass fed, organic steak or hamburgers. The fat content is less and you will feel much more satisfied with the dinner you are preparing for yourself and family.

Here is the healthy option always try and buy local – ask if you are unsure where the meat comes from, most supermarkets have in-house butchers in Australia. If it reads 100% grass fed or organic pay the extra it will be worth it for the health benefits of having the producer who worked hard to bring the best possible meat to your plate. Look for ours, we are proud of our meat.

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Do you buy the cuts or in bulk so that you have options for more than 1 meal ? Of the eight main sections, or primal cuts, of a steer, seven—the chuck (shoulder), the rib (rib section), the plate and flank (underbelly), the short loin (back section), the sirloin (hip), and the round (hindquarter)—yield individual cuts that are tender enough to be sold as steaks. The rib, short loin, and sirloin are the source of most premium steak house cuts, but tender and flavorful steaks also come from other parts of the steer; the chuck, in particular, is the source of a number of excellent, and inexpensive, steaks.

Tell me do you prepare daily or weekly menu’s? I do daily and perhaps I need to set about and do weekly meal planner and see how much I can save with time, effort and satisfaction.