Apricot pie recipe

February 14, 2015

Apricot pie
Apricot pie was on the menu last night. It’s a resourceful way (and a good excuse) to use up the last of the apricots. There aren’t many left after a serious week of apricot jam making. http://thetassiefarm.com.au/apricot-jam-recipe

Due to an unexpectedly wet summer, it hasn’t been an abundant season for Tassie apricots. So, make sure you savour this apricot pie recipe! So, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on some or you’re struggling to eat all the apricots you have (Ha! Ha!), give our apricot pie recipe a try.

First up – make shortcrust pastry, or buy some if you don’t have the time.
Halve and remove the kernels from 1.5 kg of apricots. http://thetassiefarm.com.au/apricots-kernels
Add the juice of one lemon.
Add about 200g caster sugar (this will depend on how sweet your fruit is).
Scrape in a vanilla pod and cook the fruit until it softens. Allow to cool.
When cooled, spoon fruit into a pastry-lined pie dish and cover with the remaining pastry.
Brush the top with an egg wash and sprinkle with raw sugar.
Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown at 180C.
Best served with double cream – for double the goodness!

raspberry jam

Easy to make Raspberry Jam

Raspberry jam made from Mr Wolfe’s tasty raspberries.
The first jam of 2015. There is no better way to start the year than making your own raspberry jam.

This method was given to Kerry by her neighbour, Mary, an international jam maker. Don’t spread it around!
2lb or 900g fruit
2lb or 900g sugar
Place all your fruit into a pot on a low heat to soften and start the juices running.
Add  sugar.
Bring to the boil.
To make a jam that has the right consistency, Mary, the international jam maker, recommends you invest in a food thermometer so you can make sure the mixture reaches exactly 104C. It’s at this temperature that the acid and the pectin in the fruit react with the sugar, resulting in perfectly-set jam. This recipe can be used with any type of fruit.

There is also nothing better than home made raspberry jam and no-knead bread http://thetassiefarm.com.au/theres-no-need-to-knead/

What a great start to the year.

Higgledy Piggledy gives to CCF

Christmas is a time for giving which is exactly what you’ll do when you purchase a Higgledy-Piggledy Farm children’s book. Give any book to your children and the authors will donate half the proceeds to the Cambodian Children’s Fund. There are three titles in the Higgledy-Piggledy Farm Series and one of them is an original, Australian Christmas tale. It’s called The Dairy First Ice Cream Christmas and it’s only $1.99 (iBook). The other titles include The Importance of Poo! $1.99 iBook (also available as an interactive iBook with sound $3.99 or in paperback: $15 + postage); and Pigs Might Fly But They Can’t Lay Eggs $1.99 (iBook). This means you can collect the whole iBook series for as little as $6. The iBooks are available from iTunes http://bit.ly/1ddb9SM and the Poo! paperbacks are available right here from our bookstore http://thetassiefarm.com.au/book-store/

All the animals on Higgledy-Piggledy Farm and The Tassie Farm wish you and your family a very Dairy Christmas and a Happy Moo Year!


Vitamin leek

October 5, 2014

wiki leeks
The word is out! The leak on leeks is that it’s high in Vitamin K* (29.3%) and Manganese+ (13%), making it a very healthy vegie. With their unique combination of flavonoids and sulpur-containing nutrients, the allium vegetables belong in your diet on a regular basis. In fact, there’s research evidence for including at least one serving of an allium vegetable in your meal plan every day.

Source:  http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=26

 *Required for protein modification and blood clotting.
+ Required fby the body for proper enzyme functioning, nutrient absorption, wound healing, and bone development.


Kale chips – a healthy snack

September 6, 2014

kale chips At last! A chip you can eat that’s healthy for you. This quick recipe is so easy, anyone can make it. But more importantly, everyone will love it! Ingredients: Kale (the more bunches you pick the more chips you will have!) Olive oil Salt (to taste – optional) Method: Preheat oven to 180c Wash and dry your kale well. Cut the stems out and roughly chop or tear into bite size pieces. Add oil then gentlymassage oil into leaves. Sprinkle with sea salt. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and cook for about 10 minutes until the edges start to turn brown. Eat immediately! For more tips and recipes: http://thetassiefarm.com.au/kale-smoothie-recipe  http://thetassiefarm.com.au/kale-healthy-vegetable

Kale Smoothie Recipe

August 29, 2014

Healthy Kale smoothie the tassie farmKale Smoothie Recipe: (3 – 4 large serves)

3 Kale leaves (with middle stem removed)
5 pitted raw dates
100g sunflower seeds and pepitas
2 tbsp chia seeds
600g rice or almond milk (can use dairy too)
Step 1:
Grind nuts, seeds and dates.
Step 2:
Add 200g ice (more if you like thick smoothies).
Step 3:
Add and grind 2 frozen bananas, chopped into 2cm pieces.
Step 4: Add greens and milk.
– Try honey instead of raw dates
– Try frozen berries instead of frozen banana
– Add a couple of spoonfuls of spirulina powder
– Reduce milk if you like thick smoothies

For more about Kale, the super green go to http://thetassiefarm.com.au/kale-healthy-vegetable/

Tassie’s Farm Gate Market

August 23, 2014


Our friends at https://www.facebook.com/FatPigFarm have told us about tomorrow’s ‘egg legislation day’ at Farm Gate Market (Hobart, Tassie). Come along, sign the petition and ruffle a few feathers. No point keeping your beliefs cooped up!  For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/provenancegrowers
Edible plants and produce, all grown chemical free in our garden at Neika.

Fresh, seasonal + regional produce, artisan foods + plants direct from producer. Every Sunday in Hobart city from 9am – 1pm. Corner Elizabeth + Melville Streets, Hobart.

Kale vegetable the tassie farm

Kale isn’t just a must-have in your diet, it’s also a must-be-seen in your vegie patch. This on-trend vegie also happens to be healthy and tasty too. While there are many varieties, The Tassie Farm grows ‘Russian Red’, otherwise known as ‘Ragged Jack’. Another type is ‘Cottagers Kale’ which just so happens to be Peter Cundall’s favourite – legendary ABC Gardening Australia presenter.

As Peter will tell you, Kale is full of vitamins and minerals (see additional health benefits below). Other varieties include Blue Curl Scotch, Curly, Lacinato, Redbor and Two Peters (not named after Peter Cundall). This wonder leaf is a great addition to any salad or as The Tassie Farm can vouch, Kale chips and smoothies are delicious. Recipes will be posted here soon!

 HEALTHY FACTS: Source http://www.onegreenplanet.org

  • Filled with powerful antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids
    to help protect against various cancers.
  • On its own, it’s a low calorie food that is high in fibre and has zero fat. 1 cup of leaves has only 36 calories, offers 5 grams of fibre, and zero grams of fat.
  • Because it’s a good source of fibre, it aids digestion and intestinal cleansing.
  • High in iron that’s good for proper liver function and per calorie. Kale has more iron than beef.
  • Per calorie, kale offers more calcium than milk.
  • High in: Vitamin A – good for vision and skin. Vitamin C – helpful for your immune system, metabolism, and for hydration. Vitamin K – for protection against various cancers.

Other links: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-19/rapid-rise-of-kale-catches-seed-suppliers-out/5608948


Pruning fruit trees

July 27, 2014

Pruning cherry trees the tassie farm

Winter is the time for pruning deciduous fruit trees, so The Tassie Farm has been busy tending to its apple, pear, apricot, plum and cherry trees. These trees will fruit well whether they are pruned or not but if the trees grow too tall the fruit will be too high and hard to reach.

When pruning, remove and clear the clutter within the tree, so the centre of the tree is open, allowing the sunlight in. Too many competing branches will stop the tree fruiting properly. Prune low and crossing branches, any dead or damaged branches and remove any inward pointing branches. When cutting, choose an outward pointing fruit spur to ensure branches grow out.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1386719.htm

Scarf with pom poms

July 15, 2014

winter scarf the tassie farm
Winter wouldn’t be winter without a scarf. And our dreams of being cheerleaders wouldn’t be complete without a pom pom! 

How to knit this Scarf:
Made with 3 scones of Patons Romance 8ply Merino Rich Cashmere.
Used 6mm knitting needles. Stocking stitch (first row plain second row purl). Repeat first and second until desired length. Carole’s scarf is 35 stitches wide. TIP: Don’t forget that the wool will curl in.
How to make these Pom Poms:
Made with Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk Aran. Cut two cardboard circles and poke a hole in the middle. TIP: The wool that ties the pom poms together needs to be very long. Use it to attach the poms poms to the scarf. There are plenty of youtube clips or you can buy a pom pom maker.
Photo: Pom Poms by Kerry and Scarf by Kerry’s mum, Carole.
Thanks to Jaynie Campbell Driver (aka Soup) for her props.