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Andrew Cumberland
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  • McDowall, Brisbane, Queensland
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  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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Soaks and microgreens

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa 18 hours ago. 3 Replies

Facebook hasn't been sharing info very well lately.  Here's a little thing I put up over there: I said I’d give some information from the Speedy Veetable Garden by Mark Diacono (River Cottage fame)…Continue

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Needing someone to represent BLF on 31 May 2017

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa May 26. 8 Replies

I received this email and hoped that someone would like to represent Brisbane Local Food at these discussions.  I am looking for one volunteer for 31 May.   Dear Brisbane Local Food team, I am a…Continue

Let me explain Margot Zuckerman's visit

Started this discussion. Last reply by Margot Zuckerman Jun 16. 41 Replies

I received this message on the BLF facebook page from Margot: I am a student from Northwestern University in Illinois, USA. This summer, I'm conducting a 6-country research project on local food…Continue

Baked beans (American/Boston style).

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Apr 18. 12 Replies

This is the bean dish that I made using the dried madagascar beans that I grew at our Christmas gathering.  Feel free to play with the recipe, adding things like mushrooms etc.  You can take the meat…Continue

Tags: beans, baked, style, American

 

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I am interested in:
Aquaponics - I have a set-up that is going pretty nicely at the moment. It has two grow beds and produces quality Jade Perch.

Fowl - I keep four lovely chickens for eggs only and Japanese quail that breed.

Australian Native Bees - I have a hive and hope to be able to increase the numbers of these Ozzie treasures.

Distilling - I make a fair variety of spirits and liquors. I make rum for me and liquors for others/gifts. However, I'm moving to the stage where I don't want to use bought flavours any more. So, I've taught myself to make a rum from burned raw sugar and molasses. I've also made unflavoured rum by fermenting molasses. I've turned out iced peach tea, plum, strawberry, cumquat, and passionfruit liquors. My home grown cumquat liquor seemed to be a hit at the local garden visits. Lately, I've made a foray into ginger beer which was proved very successful, and some fruit based wines.

Beer - I've done a few batches of simple package based beers now.

Cheese making - I've done a lot of cheeses, including marinated fetas with herbs I grow. My most frequent is my Purple Onion Feta. My favourite cheese is my Brisbane Nutty Blue, modeled after a blue Jarlsberg. I also do a Glasshouse Blue which is mild and creamy. I've done Camembert, raw milk blue, cheddar and quite a few others. These days, I stick to my favourite few, unless I am teaching.

Sausage making: I've do a nice Middle Eastern lamb, Thai chicken and Kransky. Loving the smoked sausages.

Jams/Preserves/Chutney - I do kumquat marmalade (home grown), chili jam (home grown) and a lot of others. I'm my preserves have reached the stage where they are entirely driven by what I grow myself.

Crazy scrap reuse - I've managed to grow shallots from tails, sweet potato from tops and tails, and chopped up and recycled old potatoes. Ginger goes pretty well from off-cuts as well. Oh, and of course the other recycle is to compost kitchen waste. I've now cut my garbage output by half. I also have a worm farm and make compost tea.

I like to bake breads and cook, especially where I am using my own produce.

I teach photography and cheese making.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Information, Training and Consultancy
My website is:
http://www.photoslamour.com
What I am looking for:
Information, Products and/or Services, Events, Gardening Help
Location
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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It started when I made some chutney - or - what the hell is in my fridge?

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 22:10 0 Comments

I found some apples that weren't looking their best today.  After a bit or work, I ended up with three bottles of chutney.  One of these bottles went in the fridge - where I immediately bumped into an existing bottle of "paw paw, tomato, zucchini, and date chutney."  

"Oi Roz.  Where the hell did we get this paw paw chutney?" I yelled.

My Roz says, "Sophie made it.  You got it at Christmas."

"Oh, that explains the sauerkraut bottle beside it!"

Anyways, that got me…

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The tiny farm deli.

Posted on April 9, 2017 at 23:23 9 Comments

Expanding the deli here on the tiny farm.



None of you will be shocked by the fact that I like to make my own deli items. From cheese, sauces, pestos and sausages; it's all part of the deli fun. Well, I have decided to add a new item to the McDowall Manor deli. Home dry cured and smoked, nitrite-free bacon. I'll also try to whip out a smoked pork belly dinner, just to see what it's like. 



In other news, the farm flock has returned…

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A quail slaughter house?!

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 22:30 10 Comments

I worked out that many of my quails are 2 years old or more.  That's ancient for quail.  Rather than let the old birds die, I really should cull them while they can be eaten.  

In terms of my cages, two of the three whites are younger (1 boy and 1 girl) so I just need to cull the oldest female.  Second cage is the piebalds - both of those are old and should be culled.  Third cage - the male and a recent chick (from Darren) are okay.  Sadly, my old girlfriend needs to go.  She was one…

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What's going on at the Manor? Stardate: 20160822

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 22:17 5 Comments

I have a batch of 20 quail eggs in the incubator on day 15 now.  I took the egg rocker out today and laid them gently on the floor of what I am hoping will be their brooder soon.  What's the difference between an incubator and a brooder?  An egg rocker.  I use the same incubator for both purposes.  Real quail breeders have two separate bits of equipment.

The alcoholic ginger beer is ready to bottle tomorrow.   I'll try not to add too much sugar and avoid some beery explosions.…

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At 21:54 on June 19, 2017, Mrs Shirley Arnold said…
Thank you Andrew
At 21:26 on June 13, 2017, Doug Hanning said…

Thanks and glad to be here.

At 21:45 on June 4, 2017, Rhonda Jaunitis said…

thanks Andrew

At 17:52 on May 10, 2017, sevos kottaridis said…

Hi Andrew -

Would you know where I can buy and collect some  fresh Horseradish

thank you

Sevos

At 17:50 on May 10, 2017, sevos kottaridis said…

Thank you Andrew

for having me on board

Sev

At 13:12 on May 1, 2017, Susan Day said…
Thanks Andrew :)
At 8:56 on May 1, 2017, Wallace George Cook said…

Hi Andrew, thanks for reply, I am interested in obtaining a few Yacon tubers to grow as I have a diabetic wife. I saw these featured on the Garden Guru tv yesterday. Kind regards Wally

At 12:21 on April 30, 2017, Paul said…

thank you Andrew

At 6:46 on April 21, 2017, Wal Rutherford said…

Andrew, Thank you for the welcome, alcoholic ginger beer, brings back some memories. I see you are into recipes as well. We should have many conversations.

At 18:19 on April 14, 2017, Susan said…

Hi Andy,  I was wondering about the recipe for the baked madagascar bean/tomato dish that you had at the christmas garden visit.  I tried looking for it but couldn't find it.  Do you mind sharing??

Thanks :)

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