Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lentil Burgers

Hmm, well the mobile phone pic just doesn't do them justice, they are really yummy.

I really love lentil burgers. Tonight is lentil burgers and salad and thought I'd share the recipe.

Fry in fry pan:
1 onion chopped finely
2 carrots grated

Add 1 cup washed red split lentils, add water to cover.
1 teaspoon coriander and simmer all for about 15 mins till soft.

Drain and mix 1 cup bread crumbs and 2 tablespoon peanut butter (optional) and 1 egg.
Mix and form patties. Coat in flour if you want.

Fry up on bbq to save doing a zillion loads in the fry pan!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A few hours old, Lucy Lamb

Isn't this the tiniest lamb. Her mum didn't want any thing to do with her so we are her new parents.
She has survived 48 hours so we are hopeful :o)

UPDATE: 1 week old! She is doing well, fatter and very vigorous! She loves her bottles. I must say she has caused a budget blow out though! Expensive stuff that milk powder. She had better trade me some fleece for my craft later on ;o)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sour Dough Starter -the beginning

Meet festering Fern!

I've been waiting for the weather to warm to get a new sour dough starter going.
Here she is in the garden, under some flowering rocket to pick up the wild yeasts.

I've used 1 cup organic rye flour and 1 1/2 cups blood warm water (we have tank water). Mixed with a plastic or wooden spoon in a ceramic bowl. No metal! I have then sat it covered with a wet tea towel in the garden on a baking tray, I thought this might stop the snails that some times climb up!
Everything is sterilised with boiling water of course.

I will bring Fern in each night and pop her in a warm spot above the stove. Each day I'll give her a new sterilised bowl and a cup of flour and water. In 7 days she is done and will live in our refrigerator, then will be the mother to all our loaves :o) At this time she will only get a new bowl each month.

I'll let you know how Fern goes.

UPDATE: Fern is festering away beautifully. She is growing and smelling very nice. I have changed her bowl each day, boiled every thing, given her a clean tea towel. When I pour her into the new bowl the smell is a pleasant yeasty odor.

1st successful off spring!

This loaf is not as big as I thought it would be but the taste is amazing! It has a really hard crunchy, hold on to your fillings style crust and a soft but denser than I'd like middle.

I really like John Downes 'Natural Tucker Bread Book' for various bread types. Good recipes and excellent information. Off to investigate why it's not as fluffy as it should be ;o)