Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Time I Hatched a Chicken in the Frying Pan



I remember well our first chickens. There were so many new experiences to be had - so much to learn! I laugh now at the many silly thoughts I had as a new chicken owner. When our trio of point-of-lay pullets produced their first egg, they made that wonderful sound that I now know is in celebration. At the time I thought they were telling me to go away.
I was also taken aback at the chicken's pecking-order, which was particularly strong as our hens all had Leghorn blood in them, which is a rather dominant breed. I even thought that the boss of the flock, Caroline, was sharpening her beak at one point. She seemed to really have something against poor Hilary. I later discovered, to my embarrassment, that she was in fact cleaning her beak! (I did apologise to Caroline.)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Knit It | Little Picnic Owl {new pattern}


Back at the beginning of winter, when I was wondering just what to cast on next, I realized it was time to create a new toy pattern. I wanted this next pattern to be sweet and quirky, and incorporate fabric as most of my other toy patterns do (because I think that just adds a modern touch, don't you?). It had to be something that was quick to knit, and fitted into the palm of your hand.

Little Picnic Owl was the answer, and I'm so happy to finally be sharing him with you. Now, you could read all of his details on his shop listing, or you can read on further (and see more adorable images!)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Recipe: 100% Spelt Sourdough Pancakes


If you'd offered me a sourdough pancake a few years ago, I've no doubt I would have had trouble composing my face (to not screw up my nose). I wouldn't have even wanted to try it. That was before I discovered sourdough itself, of course, and when I became hooked on the bread I've happily explored other options of sourdough baking. I think pancakes might have been one of the first "non-bread" foods I tried making with my sourdough starter.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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Friday, August 05, 2016

The Perfect Garlic Substitute: Garlic Chives


Garlic Chives are a handy little plant to have around - they also have a posher sounding name of Society Garlic. Whatever name you know them by, they’re delicious snipped up through a bean salad, added to scrambled eggs or sprinkled over steamed potatoes with butter.
They’re especially useful to have around at this time of the year when the Australian garlic suddenly becomes hard to get hold of in the shop.
© Say Little Hen
Maira Gall