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Baling hay

I do find things on the farm that are interesting and though many people think having a big tractor can do anything (well I use to) but the tractor is only a tool to get things done, it lifts, pulls, drives, tows and lifts to name a few. But in order to get things done you need the attachments much like a mix master to have a complete system.

We don’t have a baler, we employ sub contractors in to do this. They work hard, sitting and driving for hours and hours while the moisture is good to bale the hay that was raked and is lying on the ground. They can do 20 hours days if the weather conditions are right and they have job after job to do.

He came all day and left after we went to bed, we helped him move his Ute so that when he finished he didn’t have a 10 kilometre walk back to his Ute to go home in when he moved paddocks after dark. we bale the hay so that we can keep it and feed it out to our stock to align with our farming practices, which is to keep everything as natural as possible.

Farming for us is a whole of life from birth to death for our animals, the farm has been developed to consider nature, the environment and the animals. This makes it a business enterprise that is sustainable, clean and green. Our meat reflects the care and planning the farmer does with all the decisions that he makes.

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.

spaghetti bol

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.

Roasting Beef

Are you like us? Grass-fed beef in the freezer or should I know say Paleo approved food source sits ready waiting for one of us to cook. It is mainly me in the house that cooks and it’s so boring sometimes I have to stretch my brain to think what it is I

a) feel like eating

b) feel like cooking

3) have a taste sensation for.

To me planning is an effort, once I know what I want to cook and eat then I’m fine and perhaps in writing this it is all about the planning. getting up one day of the week and writing down the cuts of meat we have and the meals I am going to cook with them. I wonder if there is any statistics in the world that tells you doing this is not only great for the mind, it’s great to help stimulate the waist line to be smaller? I do wonder perhaps if I know what I’m cooking and getting it organised early this will stop the 4pm open the fridge and hoover in all of the foods you know you shouldn’t have. A piece of cheese here, some crisps in the pantry there and generally not focusing on what I’m doing other than eating unnecessarily.

Here I am using google to look for a recipe in the Paleo Offering for tonight and I have come across Salisbury Steaks, never have I heard of this cut so I naturally click it open. Imagine my surprise when it’s really minced meat dressed up with a fancy name and a fancy recipe. I can happily and quickly make up the onion gravy – but I’ll have to give thought to the mince burger / Salisbury steak.

Looks like I’ll pull out a roast and do that with onion gravy.

Roast Per 500 grams

Cuts: Rib Eye / Scotch Fillet, Rump, Sirloin, Fillet/tenderloin, Standing Rib Roast, Rolled Rib Beef Roast

Temp: 200 C

Rare  15 -20 mins

Medium: 20-25 mins

Well Done: 25-30 mins

Cuts: Silverside (uncorned), Blade, Round, Topside, Eye Round, Oyster blade

Temp: 160 C

Rare: 20-25 mins

Medium: 25-30 mins

Well Done: 30-35 mins

Roast Beef