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Rabbits in the patch!

October 27, 2013

Rabbits in the patch! The straw that broke the camel’s back! Yes it’s the time to grow strawberries in Tasmania and the farm’s patch was doing very well until those not-so-cute Beatrix Potter-inspired characters paid a visitor and ate all the flowers. Farmer Nick hopes the strawberries will bounce back – and so might the rabbits!

Did you know? Victoria (32%) and Queensland (33%) are the biggest strwberry-producing states in Australia. Victoria’s season is October to May and Queensland’s is June to October. Tasmania’s crops are only 2% of Australia’s overall production – Tassie’s season offically runs from November to February. There are over 620 growers Australia-wide (2005 figures)*.

Summer berry sorbet

February 5, 2013

Kerry’s favourite sorbet recipe.
This was going to be a strawberry sorbet but the birds put an end to that! Lucky Kerry had frozen Mr Wolfe’s raspberries from 2012.

2 cups water
1.5 cups white sugar  (if your fuit is extra sweet reduce sugar)
Pinch salt
4 cups frozen fruit

Mix water and sugar and place on a gentle heat until sugar has dissolved.
Once this is done add salt and raspberries.
Use a hand blender to combine all ingredients until smooth.
Pour mixture through a sieve, half at a time, using the back of a spoon to help pass the puree.
Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and follow its instructions.
Once you have a cream consistency it’s ready to eat. If you’d like a firmer consistency, place mixture into an air tight container in the freezer. Pull out of the freezer 15 minutes before serving.

While the cat’s away…

January 29, 2013

Here’s what happens when you forget to net.
When Nick and Kerry went away for Christmas, the birds went to town and helped themselves to The Menagerie’s plump, juicy ripe strawberries. By the time Nick and Kerry returned home, their patch had been stripped bare. So, thanks to the birds there will be none of Kerry’s strawberry jam, yogurt or sorbet this summer. And of course, no fresh pickings served with home made, all natural Higgledy-Piggledy ice cream. You can find this ice cream recipe in The Dairy First Ice Cream Christmas ebook. strawberries

New Year Harvest

January 6, 2013

The month of January at The Menagerie.
Apricots, strawberries, rasperries and plums are all in-season on the farm. So, over the next three weeks we’re going to feature stories on each of these fruits, plus recipes including sorbet, jam and pavlova. You’ll also hear little tales about the farm. Like the self-serve orchard where our rooster holds down the tree branches with his beak so the hens can help themselves to the fruit. Who said chivalry was dead?
Higgledy-Piggledy Farm stories have moved.
Now the ebooks have launched, all Higgledy-Piggledy Farm news has moved to the children’s book tab on this blog. So, keep an eye out for more mixed up, messed up, muddled updates. As you know, there’s never a dull moment on Higgledy-Piggledy Farm.

Summer Ice Cream Recipe

December 17, 2012

All-Natural Ice Cream Ingredients: No Sugar!
375ml milk
450ml pouring cream
5 egg yolks (no whites)
4 tbsp honey
2 cups strawberries
Method: (Ice cream machine needed)
Combine milk and cream in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
Do not boil.
Place eggs and honey in a bowl and stir until just combined.
Gradually add milk and cream mixture into the bowl and stir to combine.
Return mixture to the same saucepan and stir over low heat (do not boil) until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
Remove mixture from heat and let it cool. While mixture is cooling, mash your strawberries and stir into the mixture. Place into the freezer. Once your ingredients are chilled, place the mixture into your ice cream machine and follow the machine’s instructions.
A special thanks to Tim Tam and Margaret, President of the City Women’s Association.
Recipe features in ‘The Dairy First Ice Cream Christmas’ ebook available on iBookstore for a Christmassy $1.99

vegie patch V2

The Tassie Menagerie’s latest produce
Spring onions, Savoy cabbage, beans, beetroot and even more zucchinis. Carrots – St.Valery and Royal Chantenay (seeds from The Lost Seed Company).
Carrot Tip: If you plant carrots in October for early Summer, plant more in December and again in February. This last crop will provide you with Winter carrots. The soil has to be well-worked and don’t use fresh fertilisers, otherwise you’ll get root forking.
Fruit – berry and apple update
Strawberries – we’re still producing a few.
We are eating straight from the wild blackberry tree but we have to be careful of Mr. Snake who fancies them too.
Our Cox’s Orange Pippins (apple trees) are looking good – all five of them. They won’t be pickable until they have a waxy, glossy shine.
Nectarines are finished. We had to gobble them like there was no tomorrow because they’d ripen and rot very quickly. The ducks loved them too, so they were in high demand.
Pears still need time.