That’s right, I managed to make yogurt without a starter, completely from scratch. That means no pre-done yogurt cultures were involved. No expensive heirloom cultures, no store bought yogurt, nothing of that sort, just milk and a very common plant from my garden. A few weeks ago I started wondering about the history of culturing yogurt. … More Yogurt Without a Starter
I have been so incredibly busy this week! Don’t even know where to start. This certainly has been a very productive vacation. I got to do some home renovation, food preservation, historical costume sewing and, most importantly, cheesemaking! I actually got to make some honest to goodness real feta cheese with goat milk! Can you … More Making Feta Cheese
My garden has been doing much better since the heat wave left. In August we got hit with 100 degree weather with 99% humidity – yikes! The plants didn’t like it at all. Watermelons developed black spot, pumpkin leaves got covered in powdery mildew, and tomatoes came down with blight looking disease that could have … More Quick Updates from My Garden
“Psychobbyist, are you nuts, what are you thinking? Millet is bird feed!” that is what’s probably going through your head right now. To this I reply, “Bacon!” Do I have your attention now?
I made some refrigerator pickles this week. Those are great if you want to add some zing to your basic cucumbers but don’t quite enjoy the full flavor of dill pickles. They are super mild, slightly salty, not at all vinegary and very refreshing. It’s also wonderful for those people who planted way too many … More Overnight Refrigerator Pickles
My husband built a fishing boat. He built it by himself, while I was quietly contemplating how to tell him he’s absolutely insane and needs counselling. Turns out he’s not. The boat floats! Maybe there’s something to those Greek fisherman genes after all? He plans to turn it into a sailboat by attaching a makeshift … More So My Husband Built a Boat!
I have not harvested anything but lettuce from my new vegetable garden yet; however, my planning for next season is in full swing! To be honest with you, whenever life gets too stressful, I retreat to my “happy place”, which happens to be among plants and growing things. This might be the biggest self-discovery of the … More Planning My Garden