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Beetroot Pickle Recipe

1kg beetroot
220g sugar
1 litre cider vinegar
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
4 small dried chillies
1 tsp black mustard seeds

3 cinchy steps:
1.Wash beetroot and trim, leaving some of the stem and main root attached. Add beetroot to a pan of cold water and boil until just tender. Let cool in the cooking water. Keep 125ml of this liquid.

2.Rub skin off gently. Wear gloves to avoid having purple hands!
Quarter or slice depending on what your preference is, and place in sterilised jars.

3.Combine the rest of the ingredients, including the reserved cooking liquid, into a pan and stir over heat. When the sugar has fully dissolved, bring to the boil. Remove from heat and pour over beetroot. Seal while hot.

And like magic! your own very own pickled beetroot. You can store it or gobble it up now!

For more information about beetroots read our post


Growing tomatoes

May 29, 2014

saving tomato seed

Now that tomato season has officially ended (in Tassie), it’s time to start thinking about growing tomatoes for next year! This is what our next door neighbour Mary’s mum use to do. She scooped the seeds out of her favourite tomato (ours is the Ailsa Craig), dried them out on a paper towel, then cut them into small strips. She put the strips in pots and placed the pots somewhere warm so the seeds would propagate – and then by Spring, she was ready to plant her tomato seedlings.


The best Hot Cross Buns
This no knead hot cross buns recipe is the yummiest and easiest you’ll find. So irresistible, you’ll need to make a dozen at a time!

Ingredients: (for 12 buns)

3 cups flour
1.5 cups water
1/4 tsp yeast
1 and 1/4 tsp salt
Dried fruit
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cinnamon

The ‘cross’ mixture:
1/2 cup of flour
4-5 tbls of water
Make sure this mixture has a good consistency. Pour into a zip lock bag. Cut a small corner off the zip lock bag to make an icing bag.

Method: 5 easy steps
Step 1: Mix ingredients together and cover mixing bowl. Leave in a draft-free place for 16-20 hours (no more).
Step 2: After 16-20 hours, preheat oven to 200 degrees and place stoneware or cast iron pot with lid in oven. No need to grease your pot.
Step 3: Flour your bread board then scrape bread mixture onto the board. Do not knead just fold each corner to the middle. Divide into 12 portions and roll into buns.
Step 4: Take your pot out of the oven and place your 12 buns in it – don’t worry if they touch. Cross the buns using your home made icing bag. Be quick as you don’t want your pot to cool too much.
Step 5: Bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes then take the lid off and bake for another 20 minutes or until golden brown. While the hot cross buns cool, the spicy fruit aromas will fill your home, making you extra Hoppy!

And if you want to see how easy it really is, watch this 30 second video

A special thank you:
To all the Friends of The Farm who share their recipes with us, our tummies say thank you. Georgie gave us the no knead bread and bun recipe. Margaret and Kate jotted down these two cake recipes which we’d like to share with you and

Mercury January 2014 Tasmanian Great Poo Hunt The Tassie Farm

This is not the first time Tassie has held a poo hunt. A fox dropping survey was carried out in 2008 and 2010, collecting more than 6000 scats. This time around, the 2014 hunt has cast its net further. Forty volunteers were being scooped up to search for poo belonging to feral cats and dogs, foxes and native predators such as devils and quolls. Hoping for an update, The Tassie Farm has contacted the Project Officer from the Department of Primary Industries. So, we should be reporting back to you with more Scat Facts soon. The project is funded by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre. Full story:

You can check out other types of animal poo at

A vote with grunt

March 22, 2013

Don’t forget to vote with your trotters during Pig In Mud Month. Only a few days left!
Nick Attfield, resident Tassie Farm blacksmith, feeds and waters our four new porkers. So, with good reason, he thinks he knows the farm’s new pigs better than anyone else. He’s chosen Delia, Charmaine, Annabelle and Floyd. And he wants your vote. Delia after Delia Smith CBE – the UK’s best-selling cookery author. Sri Lankan, Charmaine Solomon, author of The Complete Asian Cookbook – an iconic recipe staple first published in 1976. Annabelle’s namesake is New Zealand free range cook, Annabelle Langbein. And finally, Floyd, in memory of British chef, Keith Floyd, who paved the way for TV celebrities such as Jamie Oliver. So, lubbly jubbly! How about it?
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Spoilt not-so-rotten

March 10, 2013

Our pigs have plump tummies full of plums.
If you were a pig, you’d only want to live on The Tassie Farm. Since arriving, just a few weeks ago, our Duroc and Birkshire pigs have been spoilt rotten with not-so-rotten stone fruit. Plums, apricots and mangoes have been their diet. So, now our porkers are starting to look a little…plum…p.
We need your help naming our porkers.
The pigs remain nameless, so we were hoping you could vote for your favourite four names in the poll below. The most popular choice will be announced toward the end of the month. If you have any extra suggestions, just leave a comment or email as at
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What’s in a tale?

March 7, 2013

Porker or truth? Does a curly tail mean a pig is happy?
This tail belongs to one of The Farm’s new Berkshires. And if the myth is true, this photo would suggest she’s very happy. However, pigs do have curly and straight tails. So, if this tale isn’t a porker – how does a curly-tailed pig show it’s happy?!
Don’t forget to vote for your favourite names.
If you have any extra suggestions, just leave a comment or email us at
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We’re the proud owners of four new trotters – 1 Duroc and 3 Berkshire pigs.
As soon as they arrived at the farm, these nosey porkers tucked into the trough – a welcome gift from Nick. We haven’t named them yet, so we need your help. Simply vote for your favourite four names from the poll below. The most popular combination will be announced at the end of Pig In Mud Month. If you have any extra suggestions, just leave a comment on the blog or email as at
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Pig In Mud Month Facts: Did You Know?
The Berkshire is docile, hardy, sunburn resistant and performs well outdoors, especially when grazing on pasture. The sows have good mothering capabilities and are reproductively efficient.
The Duroc was first imported into Australia in 1922 however, the breed became extinct in the early forties. In 1981 Durocs were reintroduced into Australia. The new bloodlines come from New Zealand and Canada. Duroc pigs have small lop ears, a large frame and their skin is reddish in colour.


2012 most popular award

February 15, 2013

These were the top 6 posts as viewed by you.
When we looked at the stats, we were happy to see the Higgledy-Piggledy Farm stories were some of your most-loved. If you haven’t checked out the farm’s new Facebook page, you can see it at
And the most popular search terms went to…
‘how to plant garlic’, ‘planting garlic’, ‘growing garlic in tasmania’. So, this year we’ll make sure we give you more garlic-based recipes and stories – even though Jane is allergic to garlic!

Share this with love

February 13, 2013

Share this message with someone special on Valentine’s Day.
Send it to your best friend, give it to a random person on the street, post it to your mum or dad or stick it on the mirror to remind yourself how irresistible you are! You’ll find a different, yet equally as cute, ‘Share The Love’ message on our new Higgledy-Piggledy Farm facebook page