Peripatetic philomaths…focusing on what's really important, eating ethically and cleanly, fermenting, foraging/wildcrafting, practicing herbalism, and being responsible stewards of our land. Sharing our photos, musings, and learnings. Still seeking our tribe.
We value roosters here – as flock protectors (though effectiveness varies by rooster), fertilizers of eggs, and, when we have too many, food. We’ve found, over time, that even roosters that may initially seem mild-mannered can become real jerks and we don’t brook jerks on the farm. They go to “freezer camp”.
While it’s not technically “Slow Cooking Month” anymore, I’m still making delicious meals in my slow cooker and will be for the remainder of the year! This time, I’ve adapted a stovetop recipe for one of my favorite Indian dishes, Palak Paneer, into a one bowl meal where tofu stands in for the traditional cheese.
This is, without a doubt, one of my ⭐️favorite⭐️ slow cooker dishes. Its flavors meld into a hearty, savory, utterly delightful one-pot meal. Even if you aren’t a big kale fan, you’ll appreciate this soup!
Happy National Slow Cooking Month! But why restrict it to a month? I say it should be the year of slow cooking! Using a slow cooker is about as easy as it gets, and cooking low and slow can transform mundane ingredients into culinary delights. Slow cookers really shine when making soups and stews, and I frequently make chili in mine. Recently, I ran across a recipe for a vegan Chana Masala, and had to try making it in my Crock Pot!
Food is often evocative of memories – and a hot, spicy bowl of mulligatawny stew will always remind me of my friend Sarah. We worked together and became fast friends, and she will always remain, in my memory, one of the kindest people I’ve known. From the first time I tried this dish, the assertiveness of curry juxtaposed with the sweetness of tart apple and raisins made it unforgettable.
We’ve survived another “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.”..those post-Thanksgiving events where retailers incite the masses into an insensate buying frenzy. I’ve already groused about disliking “Prime Day” for using similar techniques, but I do have items that I idly watch (in my cart) to see if they’re offered at a can’t-pass-it-up price. Finally, one was: an Instant Pot®. It was a “Deal of the Day” for $69.99 (regularly $139.95 on Amazon).
It’s snowing, a bitter wind is blowing…it just seems like cold weather and hearty soups are made to go together. And what’s better than a delicious, warming stew (made with in-season root veggies) that you can make in your slow cooker? Just toss in all the ingredients and leave it to work its magic! This recipe could easily be made with another protein, like chicken, but I think it’s one of the tastiest ways to prepare rabbit.
This is the time of year when hearty comfort foods like soups, stews, and chili are particularly appreciated: warming and filling, and so easy to make in the slow cooker. Chili on butternut squash (ubiquitous now, too) is a savory-spicy-and slightly sweet taste experience!
I love my slow cookers…and have finally gotten around to the project that prompted me to purchase what is arguably the cutest slow cooker ever: homemade beeswax candles. Why not enjoy the glow and delicate honey fragrance of an all-natural (and in this case, it actually means all natural, as in no unwelcome additives like artificial fragrances or colors in it) handcrafted beeswax candle during the darker months of the year?
With each chicken egg hatch, around half of the chicks will be males. What to do with all of those cockerels? As we mentioned in an earlier post, you must have a plan for them or it can get real, fast: when cockerels’ hormones kick in, they can become a handful.