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Andrew Cumberland
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  • McDowall, Brisbane, Queensland
  • Australia
  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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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


Started this discussion. Last reply by Dianne Caswell Nov 24, 2016. 3 Replies

Spanakopita is a traditional Greek spinach or silver beet pie enveloped in crisp filo pastry.0:45To prep0:55To cook12IngredientsEASYDifficulty8Servings4.5Average rating(6 Members)AAustralian Good…Continue

Website Woes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Collings Oct 8, 2016. 15 Replies

According to the ning folks, our website should now be running properly.  I know it's been terrible for some of us for the last two weeks.   Can you please reply below if you are still having…Continue

Tags: issues, website, problems, BLF

Volunteer work at the Ekka for Gardening Displays/Groups

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Jun 27, 2016. 5 Replies

Here is some info for anyone who would be interested in working at the Ekka for a range of garden groups.  This is also the area in which our one page info sheet will be displayed, but you would not…Continue


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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 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.

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.
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Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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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…


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…


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.…


Andy's Regular Program - Garden Updates for August

Posted on August 6, 2016 at 21:34 39 Comments


Out the front:  the building patch is still doing bugger all, in fact, it's mostly ornamental now.  The Mulberry seems to be thriving (although not right now due to winter).  The blood orange is dead.  The sugar cane is a real standout which I didn't expect.  The cumquats are being wasted because I have no room to freeze them since I shut down the second fridge.  The roses are…


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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 :)

At 11:15 on April 9, 2017, Suzanne said…
Thank you , I will have a look and see what is about . We have some fruit trees and some raised garden beds , potatoes are in at the moment .
At 11:38 on March 26, 2017, Karmen said…

Thanks for your welcome, Andrew; 


At 20:21 on March 21, 2017, Melissa said…

Thanks Andrew!  I reckon I will love it here too. I am looking forward to wandering around the site and then getting involved in things.


At 19:41 on February 28, 2017, Julie Migliorisi said…

Thank You.  I am looking forward to meeting you all. 

At 6:04 on February 27, 2017, christopher zane hart said…

thank you for your welcome ,Andrew. The group has grown a lot.

At 22:25 on February 4, 2017, Cecilia Nunez said…

Thanks for your welcome, Andrew.  

At 17:08 on January 18, 2017, elizabeth shaw said…

oh, that is a shame, I had some notes, and blog posts that I was keen to refer back to. It is odd how most mentions of me and most of my comments on the blogs of others have disappeared too, but there are a few little ghost trails

At 15:39 on January 18, 2017, elizabeth shaw said…

Thank you Andrew, it is good to be back.

Do you know why my previous account was wiped? and if it is retrievable?


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