Lately the mornings have been freezing, foggy and very beautiful. I'm up before the birds every day without fail since Bambi came home, so I get to enjoy watching the world wake up with a cup of tea in hand. We've just weaned the calf off Missy too, so now we're milking in the morning as well as evening. Missy likes to be milked early and it's the best way to start the day, I think.
Lately there has been a milk flood in the kitchen. We've made cheese and as a result there has also been a whey flood. We've been feeding the whey to the pigs, chickens and have been using a small amount in baking. I also used some the other day in my first attempt at lacto-fermented pickles.
Over the weekend we made two batches of Halloumi, another Pepato, and a batch of Fetta in which two blocks were left plain and the other two flavoured with cumin seeds. A few days before we'd made a big pot of whole milk Ricotta.
We're receiving 8-10 litres of milk a day at the moment. We've used 40 litres across 4 days purely in cheese making, and we've been drinking hot milk cocoas almost daily. The fridge is still stuffed with milk. I see another cheese making day coming up tomorrow.
I wanted to write a dairy filled In My Kitchen post this month but alas time escaped me and the cut off date has been and gone.
Lately I have struggled to keep things organised. I feel like the house is on the edge of chaos and everything is being held together by a tiny thin thread. I'm trying to find ways to keep things organised throughout this busy time of year.
Lately I've been spending lots of time in the veggie patch. The Zucchinis are blooming well, and all of the winter veg is beginning to take off. The potatoes and beetroots are looking particularly happy.
With this cool weather change I've stopped planting tomatoes and capsicums and started planting things like kale, cauliflowers, carrots and broad beans. I've never grow broad beans before but was intrigued to try them after seeing several people on Instagram growing them over summer. In our climate they are a strictly winter vegetable.
What have you been up to lately? Do share in the comments below.
Here's to a new week, I hope it is a good one for you!
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