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Wow, what a crazy few months at work!

I'm so sorry I got so busy I couldn't spend time here. I'm back now, since my work has finished until the end of February (the painful part of being a casual academic! Work like a demon for 3 months, have three months without pay!) - it was great... very productive, but also very demanding.

Anyway, my garden has not had a single thing done in it. I feel horrible. I need to get into it in a bad way. I still have River Cottage fantasies! ;-) At least now I have time, which I'll divide between my desire to have an abundant garden, and my obsession for photography!

On the plus side, I have developed a keen interest in Charcuterie, since I bought a book on it. I intend to make my own bacon, various sausages, ham, and prosciutto. Yum yum yum....

I can't wait to talk to you all some more! :-)

Daniel.

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Comment by Daniel on January 16, 2011 at 16:46
Florence, I agree - a Qld version of gourmet farmer would be awesome! :-)
Comment by Florence on November 29, 2010 at 9:50
Welcome back Daniel :)
It's time to put in sweet corn, sweet potatoes, Water chestnuts, water spinach, snake beans and all those plants which loves heat !! I've put my water chestnuts in the ground this time, mine didn't do well in plastic containers last season ~~~ I wish they'd do a gourmet farmer kind of show in South East Queensland ....
Comment by Daniel on November 28, 2010 at 21:53
Talk about coincidence... I just looked on SBS... Gourmet Farmer is on this coming Thursday at 8pm. Yay!
Comment by Daniel on November 28, 2010 at 21:48
River Cottage is great, isn't it? I just wish Gourmet Farmer was back on. That is my favourite show on the planet, with River Cottage coming second. The only things I don't like about River Cottage are the spin-off shows showing parts of old episodes again and again, and the repeats (on Foxtel). Maybe I've just seen them all.

I think I'll get myself "Gourmet Farmer" on DVD for a present!
Comment by Vanessa Collier on November 28, 2010 at 19:42
Hi Daniel, I've just finished uni for the year also and I'm enjoying being back in the garden and starting to get some crops coming along. My sister introduced me to River Cottage and I've been watching it inside when it's too hot to be in the garden. I love it. My sister and I are interested in doing something like what Hugh's done some day too. Just have to pay off the current mortgage first!
Comment by Daniel on November 28, 2010 at 13:07
I couldn't agree more. I don't enjoy killing things, but I understand it's a normal part of life. I've decided that it's far better to give an animal a nice life - free-range, sunshine, grass under its feet, etc. - and then to kill it for food, rather than to buy factory crap from supermarkets. The only difference is that I'm not involved with the killing of the supermarket ones and they have horrible lives. I'd much rather see a pig romping around with a grin on its face on my land than one being put in a cage for its whole life.

Besides, it's much tastier! I'd probably get an abbatoir to kill them, since they are professionals and guarantee it's done right, and they can start the meat prep as well. Then I might get a butcher to turn it into proper cuts. All in all, I bet it's possible to get an entire, organic, free-range, happy, tasty pig for less than what the supermarkets charge for their chemical-laden crap.

Here's the charcuterie book I bought: http://www.amazon.com/Charcuterie-Craft-Salting-Smoking-Curing/dp/0...
Comment by Donna on November 28, 2010 at 12:49
If I lived on acreage, and could stand the thought of killing something (very much doubt it, I'm a softie and can barely pull out plants lol) I'd love to do something like that! The main reason for me is the amount of crap/ additives that gets put into any meat pretty much that you can buy. Would much rather make my own, or even buy from someone with the same views on what = crap lol. That's why I don't buy organic veggies, because I don't believe that what certified growers are using on their crops isn't bad for you - might be organic but pyrethrum, neem and others are still not healthy for human consumption!
Comment by Daniel on November 28, 2010 at 12:29
Hi Donna! Lovely to "see" you again!

I would LOVE to grow the meat... but I'm on less than a 1/4 of an acre on the south side... I'm with family, and my brother and sister have two dogs here.... two P.I.T.A. dogs... every living thing that moves inside the yard gets killed, and everything outside the yard gets barked at very severely. No animals for me at home.

I was thinking of buying chickens, ducks and a couple of pigs and putting them on someone's (big) property in exchange for a share of the meat. That would be fantastic, and my new charcuterie book would get a hell of a workout.

Either that, or I might consider finding a block of land to rent/buy and do it myself (which is ideal), but i think this is still a few years away.

Imagine - home-grown and home-cured prosciutto, pancetta, salami, sausages, bacon.... cooked and served with home-grown vegetables, followed by home-grown fruit-based desert. :-) Mmmmmm....
Comment by Donna on November 28, 2010 at 6:13
Glad to see you back, you should be able to get a lot done in three months! Look forward to hearing about your new endeavours - are you planning on growing the livestock as well or just buying the meat?

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