The Golden Hour

Spent a few days with my wonderful family last week in East Gippsland. On Thursday I skipped a sleep in and headed to Nungurner for the sunrise. (Victoria, Australia)

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Homesteading

For quite  while now I’ve been interested in homesteading. Learning how to do more things for myself and as such relying less on corporate companies like supermarkets. I buy most of my meat from my local butchers and a lovely little greengrocer has recently opened up so I no longer have to drive about half an hour to get my fruit and vegetables.

I have been making some of my own cleaning products and been more careful about what I purchase and what I throw away (be it rubbish, recycle or donate to the local opp shops).

I’ve always enjoyed cooking and baking so cooking more things from scratch was a natural progression. As was starting the kitchen garden, which is made particularly easy because I rent off my parents, I don’t have to worry about end of lease and losing my garden. I live by myself but I cook family size meals quite a lot and freeze in suitable size portions. Handy when you want lazy meals or you’re putting off going shopping. A couple of months ago I bought an electric cooker which I love. Pulled pork was amazing! Last week I also bought a bread maker and made my first loaf in it today. Pretty happy with that. Due to food intolerances in my family, if anyone can suggest recipes that are yeast and / or lactose free that would be greatly appreciated. I’m glad that I can feed myself and those I love healthy and nourishing food. Even better that I enjoy doing it.

Thinking about looking into a worm farm and / or a few chickens in the near future. And I’d like to buy a few things in bulk from my local green grocer and try my hand at preserving.

I also need to get back into my blogging (assuming the mac doesn’t freeze when I upload photos), and photography because I’ve been a recluse over winter. So I’m hoping to make this blog a bit more interesting by adding my homesteading interests with my love of photography and been in my kitchen. Hope a few of you enjoy it.

Happy weekend. Also, thinking of all those who have been affected or are in the deadly path of the destruction of hurricane Matthew.

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A Sunday Morning Stroll

An over cast Sunday Spring morning. Thought I’d take the camera up to the park. Turns out this park is called Phillips Garden and there were loads of beautifully coloured roses. 
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Lots of bees out collecting pollen. 
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These street lamps are everywhere in Maryborough (Victoria), and they always make me think of Narnia.
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This Nana brought her twin grandchildren out to feed the ducks some breadcrumbs. Needless to say, both children and ducks had a blast. 
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This gorgeous duck had something stuck in it’s feathers. When I was taking photos, I was hoping it was just a leaf. But when I got home and zoomed in on a photo it looks suspiciously synthetic. Hope the duck is ok!
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My Weekend Breakfast Wraps

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Ingredients

2 Mountain bread
Spinach & Rocket leaves
2 eggs, scrambled
Pepper & dried parsley
Splash of milk
1 bacon, or 2 rindless
Tomato
Onion

Method

I double layered 2 mountain bread because they can tear but feel free to use any wrap of your choice. On your wrap add a generous handful of spinach & rocket leaves.
Crack 2 eggs into a bowl adding pepper & parsley to taste then a splash of milk before whisking. Cut bacon into 2 or 3 pieces. Slice preferred amount of onion & about 3 think slices of tomato.
Heat the egg pan on a medium heat with a little oil and the bacon pan to about 3/4 heat. Add egg to the pan, mixing as it cooks. Add bacon to the other pan first, then lightly spray onion with oil before adding it in with the bacon.
Lightly spray the slices of tomato with oil and grind some pepper onto each. When the eggs are nearly done, turn the bacon & onion before moving the eggs to one side of the pan. Put the tomato slices in with the egg, oil side down, just to heat through. If you want to spray & pepper the other side of the tomato before turning over.
Now just add the bacon & onion on top of the spinach, then the eggs and tomato slice.