March Photo Challenge -26th

Lovely Photos was sent to me of my mom and as I am still running today as I have been for days. Lambing, Bird Sales, Company, Spring Yard Work and so much more.. I will be writing a backdated way, I have been taking photos and will need to get them uploaded and ready for the blog.1743439_897229096965297_3832608384778077097_nI am going to make todays March Photo Challenge, goes to those that took my moms photo in Alberta.. Good Job Ladies..

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Pork and Cabbage Soup Recipe

DSCN5150I had one small boneless porkchop leftover and wanted to stretch it into a good size pot of hot yummy soup..

  • Half a large onion, peeled, finely Diced
  • One Garlic clove, peeled finely diced
  • Quarter of a med size cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of tomato paste
  • One cut up boneless small porkchop
  • quarter cup of pot barley
  • quart and half of white broth or veggie broth
  • quarter cup of greens- dried or fresh

Add a touch of oil or fat, fry up your onion and garlic till clear and done, then add your broth, the barley, cabbage, tomato paste, and cabbage, cook till barley and cabbage is done, then add in your greens and wilt and or simmer for a min or two

If you do not want to add the barley, consider a small potato diced and cooked with or consider replacing the barley with one cup of canned pre-cooked Black Beans.


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March Photo Challenge -25th

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March 24th- The Canadian Wartime Recipe Challenge 2015

32There was some very cute in some cases recipes for Fruits, and in other, just a touch odd to me. Clearly there was regular picking and eating of fruit in season, there was also canning of fruit, jams and Jellies, and fruit based syrups.

Here is one of the earliest versions of this fruit-Marshmallow Salad.

It is listed as Raisin Fruit Salad

3 bananas, 3 oranges, 10 Marchmallows, half a cup of raisons, quarter cup of walnuts mix with a mayonnaise or cream dressing..

This recipes seems so very odd to me.. Banana and oranges.. these are NOT in anyway local fruits to either Canada or England.. and Marchmallows.. really.. as I said.. odd

Hmmm, lets switch this over to a more reasonable Canadian Recipes..


Honeyed Apples with Raisins

4 Large Apples, 2 tbsp. Tapioca, and pinch of salt, half a cup of raisins, 2 cups of water, with 4 tbsp. of honey.

Peel and core the apples, fill the centers with a mix of the raisins and honey, while these are baking, cook the remaining items in a double boiler until the tapioca is clear.. Pour this over the baked apples, and serve with a touch of rich milk or cream if you have it..


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Introducing Juno

Hi Folks, its been a busy couple days, today has a good number of things to it yet but getting blog caught up is high on the list, so if all goes well, a number of posts will be heading your way..

This one is short and sweet, provided all continues to go well, this sweet cross bred doe will continue to thrive with momma and at four months will be weaned and will be coming to my farm.. I am very excited I really like her momma Star and her  older sisters but I really wanted her mom crossed with a sannan buck, which my dear friend did last year and I was lucky enough to get juno in her set of twins.

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March Photo Challenge -24th PG- New Birthing Photo

As you can see in the photo, this is a very soon after birth photo, sorry about the bit graphic shot, as you can see momma has not finished passing and she did have a bit of tearing when she put out that BIG baby..  Great full bag up on the momma, lots of milk for sure and the baby nursed so hard it had a milk froth..

DSCN5141However I wanted to put this photo up for a different reason.. that color.. its a clear sign that this lamb was overdue, I thought that momma should have gone a day or two earlier and it looks like I was right. Birth fluid color can tell you a number of useful things if you watch for them. After its all cleaned up and fluffy and white, I will not be able to show off that late birth color..


Making a few more Knitted Sheep Collars these days, they work so well and they are so easy to make.. a few minutes and I have a custom thick, soft and wearing collar


I have a chocolate Hen, I have a blue hen coming from a friend and I am looking to add two more hens in the next month, my drakes are black, chocolate or blue, some bared some not..


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March 23th- The Canadian Wartime Recipe Challenge 2015


One of the things that was still available was beans.. It would have been a filling side dish, a way to get away from bread, a nice way to have a meal without a potato and always a great way to take a bit of bacon and make it stretch! Sugar wise, Molassis will work.

Baked Bean Soup

1 cup of Baked Beans, 1 slice of onion, 1 cup of tomato, 1 tbsp. of cornstarch, 3 cups of water, 1 tsp of salt, pepper to taste and 1 tbsp. of fat.

Put your beans through food chopper, melt fat, add cornstarch, water, beans tomato then season..

Farmgal note,  Mash the beans would replace the food chopper, Melt your fat, fry the onion, then add the mashed beans, water, tomato water and seasonings, cook together, keeping back one fourth of water.. mix it with the cornstarch and drizzle in stirring the whole time to thicken the soup.

Bean Sausages

Take one fourth cup of lima beans, soak them overnight and cook them til soft. Force them threw a food chopper or heavy coarse sieve. Add in half a cup of bread crumbs, pinch of salt and pinch of sage, pinch of pepper, 2 tbsp. of drippings, Shape, roll in more dry crumbs and bake in a greased pan.

I am honestly not sure why I am having a hard time finding a basic baked bean recipe, every where I turn, they open the beans from a can..

So here is a Farmgal homemade bean recipe.. this one is made with my homemade lamb bacon but it could be made without bacon, a tiny bit of pork bacon, or rabbit bacon or even a bit of fatty ham bits.

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I put some good olive oil in the bottom of the cast iron pot and simmered in two huge diced onions along with half a pd of diced lamb bacon..

I took my cooked beans, drain them and put them in that cast iron pan full of hot onion/lamb bacon, added one qts of homecanned crushed tomato’s, a pint of homemade Chili sauce, 1/4 a cup of molassies, some black pepper and some keens hot dried mustard powder to the mix, covered and baked, I baked for close to 3 hours and it was good and needed water added twice but it could have used another hour of cooking.. at a slow simmer in the oven till close to done, at which point, I uncovered it and gave it alittle extra brown time for another 15 min or so.

Now lets try that for folks that don’t home can

  • 6 cups of Navy Beans-Soaked and cooked, which will double to triple in size
  • One large can of V8 Tomato Juice
  • One can of Tomato Paste
  • One large onion diced fine
  • 1/4 cup of fancy Molassies
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar or maple syrup
  • half a pd of the best bacon you can get-cook, diced in peices, keep the fat in the beans.
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper and 1/2 tsp of dried hot keens mustard powder

Follow the directions listed above in the order and how to put it together.. Add a bit more tomato juice if you want more sauce.

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March Photo Challenge- 23rd

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New Birth and MIA-Sheep

I will be in the mood soon to write more on my March Challenges but if you do not hear more from today, its because I am not a happy camper today..

It is with a sad heart that I write this morning..  but its also with a flicker of anger as well.. Stress is eating at my gut at the moment.. Frustration has my face pulled in and frown on my mouth..

I should be happy sort of, (more on that later) but instead I am feeling all the above and more..


Morning farm chores and check, all was well on my little farm..

Lunch water and check, I had a calling mom but in truth I did not think it anything new, when the momma all run out when I call, sometimes it takes a trip back and forth to get the lambs up and down, sometimes they stand in the barn door way and call back and forth and the momma has to run back and get them.. O how I wish I had started looking at that time.. but I did not..

Late Afternoon-Evening Chores, we have a missing lamb.. my second oldest born, a lovely big ram lamb, already a month plus old, strong, healthy and already nibbling creep feed, hay and been out in the pasture with the flock and its mom for a couple weeks..

GONE, just GONE..  No signs, No blood, No Wool, nothing.. everything is a sheet of ice, hard packed snow, if the dog was tracking correctly, it jumped over my hotline topped sheep fence and trotted down my big pasture, and went back the same way it came.

I guess I should not be THAT surprised, first I have a issue with my ducks getting took, and I had to move them all into the outside pens and lock them down, then something came in and ripped into my rabbit hutch and took my rabbit, we did extra work on that and I thought I had it figured out, at least until I wanted to free range my birds

I guess if I took away the fowl and the rabbits, I should have thought, they will go after lamb next.. but the horses are very protective of the flock, and the hounds pee mark the fence line and I am home and in and out all day long..

NOPE, it came in broud daylight, despite it all and still GONE..  and its the gone that is driving me nuts..

As a farmer, If I do not know for sure how they did it, how can I fix it, how can prevent it again, what can I do different to protect the sheep and lambs better.. Its my job to keep them safe..

We locked them up last night but they needed to come out today, but I am going to let them feed, and be in and out a lot, they need a certain amount of time to eat the required amount of hay, some of it can be hauled to the barn but they need the sun, the fresh air and I want them to mainly pee and poo outside as well.

So on with the good news..  finally my jugged up expecting ewe had her baby, a massive single woolie lamb, truly this is a BIG baby..  Strong, active, nursing well and momma is doing well. Bonding with momma, given how big the bag is on momma sheep, I am hoping to do some milk sharing with her.

Back to my day..



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March 22th- The Canadian Wartime Recipe Challenge 2015

1 067We are going to talk Puddings today.. and as luck would have it, they did make a barley pudding, which means I can bring my own favorite Barley Pudding recipe and photo into play.

Recipe-Creamy Barley Pudding

This is best to make the day after you cook up a nice big pot of barley and have leftovers to use up, but if not, cook up a cup of Barley in six to eight cups of water for 30 to 45 min till its cooked though, it will still be chewy, you can save the water for use in soups/stews.

2 cups of whole milk-I have made it with Cow/Goat or Sheeps Milk, I have also make it with canned milk.

2 tbsp of Brown Sugar or Honey or Maple Syrup (I find I need an extra tbsp for the maple)

1/2 cup of dried Cranberries or any other dried fruit, (I really like black currents)

a pinch of salt,  I like to put a little homegrown Lemon Mint in a tea ball and soak it in the warm simmering milk/barley for about five min, This is a way to replace the typical lemon or orange zest, as these don’t grow locally.

So take above and gently simmer for ten min, then take an extra half cup of milk, blend it with one large duck egg or a large chicken egg or two med eggs, take pot off heat.. then slowly pour in while stirring to create a creamy texture, cook another one or two min (if needed) till the pudding thick’ns up, I find that the heat from the steel pots I cook in will do the job. Makes four big servings or six dessert servings.

This can be served warm as a filling breakfast meal or it can be served chilled as a dessert

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The second Pudding type that we are going to give on today is Dates.

1 cup flour, 2 tsp of baking powder, 1 tbsp. of fat, 1 cup of dates, 1 cup whole flour, 2 tbsp. of sugar, 1 egg and 3-4th milk. Stone out the dates, cut them up, bake in muffin tins, serve with a sauce.


Basic Date Cake FG style

Chop up about a cup of loosely packed Dates into peices, place in a bowl and just cover them with freshly boiled water (make yourself a cup a tea at the same time) then walk away, drink your tea and let the dates sit in the hot water for at least ten min.

This for me is a one bowl cake, so in goes the dates and water, a pinch of salt, two glugs of oil so about 1/4 cup, three big eggs (extra large chicken or two duck), beat togther with dates and water, I like to add 1/2 tsp of all-spice, sometimes ginger, sometimes I will even cut up dried ginger and add it to the dates to soak. Some folks like to add walnuts or any kind of chopped nuts if you do up to a cup, I often don’t.

Two half cups of flour, and a heaping tbsp of baking powder, just stirred like you would for a muffin, and into a 8 by 8 cake pan if you want it really nice and high, but I used a slightly bigger baking dish, bake at 350 for around 40 min or until a knife comes out mostly clean, the dates can leave on the knife but there should be no dough wet.

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This is a dense, moist o so flavorful filled cake, the batter could be used in muffin tins or a loaf pan, your choice on how to serve it.  It keeps well for a number of days and freeses like a dream.


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