Archive for December, 2012

Using the cheap cuts: trotters

We bought half a pig from friends who have a farm and received a bag of trotters as a bonus! I originally had visions of a hot dark Chinese stew but went with pea and ham soup instead. first I washed and salted the trotters, then smoked them on the bbq:

image

Then 2 days in the crockpot:

image

(that’s the before; didn’t manage an after)

Picked the bones out:

image

The pea part is mainly green split peas, with red lentils and urad for fun.

I’m trying a new trick from dal making: after frying the onions, I added some mostly cooked peas into the frying onions and cooked them up together. Apparently it adds a different flavour.

image

And here’s the finished product:

image

it still needs to simmer for a bit but it already smells good and the texture is amazing!

New vegetable garden

In about October, we built a new garden bed. It’s next to a public path but sheltered by trees.

image

We filled it with salad veg (rather than tomatoes or berries) because we figure if you encourage opportunistic dog walkers to pause and sample the produce, their dogs will leave their thanks by proxy. No one is going to stop for a silver beet snack!

image

Two months on and the bed is looking good! Lots of silver beet, which graces the table pretty much every day. But what has become of the kale?

image

Apparently caterpillars don’t like to eat stems! Does anyone have a preferred control method?

%d bloggers like this: