Archive for April, 2012

Autumn is a time for flying kites

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Almost-3-year-old and I made and flew a kite yesterday: her first go and my first in years. The frame is a satay stick poked through a drinking straw with the point subsequently removed. The skin is baking paper stuck on with packing tape. Tail is a bit of streamer but a strip of baking paper would also do! I read it has to be about 1.5x the long axis of the kite but haven’t experimented. The string is overlocker thread wrapped around an old toilet paper tube.
Result: it actually flew! The wind was a bit too inconsistent for a real test though. Colouring in the baking paper should be the next job. And more test flights.

Laptop fixing

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My little laptop (eeepc 1005p) broke: when the screen was angled further back than 85 degrees it went black. Some googling later I suspected the video cable, which is nice and cheap but buried under pretty much everything else!
The disassembly went pretty well. My thanks to Binh Nguyen and others. My brother in california sent me the cable to avoid about$ 28 in postage. With everything screwed back together it works again!
Suburbanite farm is mainly about the farming but we really love the idea of repairing things and just having a go.

2011 olives finally in jars!

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It’s been a very busy year and that has meant that olives have had to take second place. Today, with the 2012 harvest ripening before our eyes, the 2011 crop had to be jarred to make room! 11 big jars, one very big one and a tiddler. Last year’s crop was very tasty indeed so I’m expecting great things! They’re desalting now in a weak vinegar solution. The pan in the background is the cooling brine for tomorrow’s harvest.

Liver again

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An update: chicken livers still a treat though I’m competing with almost-3-year-old for them now! We’re coating in seasoned flour and frying, adding a splash of red at the end. Had today’s batch on water crackers (which a3yo prefers) and crispy fried slices of jerusalem artichoke (which I enjoyed). I still can’t believe it when a3yo asks for “more chicken livers please”!

So livers has been a success, and the hearts go into the stock. The big next step will be gizzards. Anyone have any tips on preparation or recipes?

Jerusalem artichokes

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Easy to grow, delicious and filling, the only downside of jerusalem artichokes is… well… it relates to the downside. We harvested a plant today and it yielded about 2 meals worth. Combined with zucchini, tomatoes, chillies and silverbeet from the garden, these potato-like nuggets formed a very fine dinner. I roasted them with salt and butter until soft inside and brown outside.

When our noses recover i’ll harvest the 5 or so meals worth remaining in the garden!

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