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 five lovely chickens for eggs only but these are new girls and haven't started to lay yet. I also keep Japanese quail that I breed and eat. I also eat their eggs. I am about to transition to jumbo Japs. Australian Native Bees - I have 3 hives 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 used to teach photography and cheese making.