Monday, February 25, 2008
No wonder I can't loose any weight... : ) Our good friend John "chef gone wine dude" came to visit for a few days it was just super to see him and we had a pretty freggin amazing meal in Portland at Park Kitchen ... thanks David! the an AMAZING chef there and good friend of John's who treated us like royalty .... this was followed by some wood splitting to burn off some calories
and then a great meal cooked by a Brian and John collaboration in the kitchen thus putting the calories right back on... Brian whipped up a indoor grill insert (you know the usual...went to his shop did a quick design build and weld job!) and thus made the pork chops on the wood stove (which was filled with fruit wood) pretty darn tasty!
and John made us lentils with chanterelles ummm thanks guys!!...
This very nice visit was followed up with a wonderful Big Table dinner a few nights later.
The Ham Brian brined and smoked was from the most recent "late girls" and lived up to expectations... the lentils from John's visit where re-purposed into a lentil soup.. yum with a last minute genius garnish by matt.. I love foodie friends...
Thanks to all that came and shared... and I'm sorry about the pounding heads on Saturday morning... at least you all ended up with all your fingers especially after the 2 am fireworks and 3 am gator rides... good times as Rob would say ... : )
(I don't think this is how you're supposed to light it)
these three are TROUBLE!!!
Thanks to Matt the next morning we soaked our hangovers in maple syrup on some killer french toast made from the beautiful bread he brought... I learned french toast is called Pain Perdu ... : ) in france and is really a left over peasant meal... I'll take a peasant meal any time like this... : )
we later then got to go visit the newest baby horse in the canyon at only 6 hours old!!! congrats Monique
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
as promised I took some photos of the new filly here she is -- isn't she a cutie!
she's been a lot of fun to have around she likes to play and chase with me and with the dog and she comes running when I call her...
rolling around and trying to scratch off all that winter fur
Coming up when I called her
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
It was very strange. I thought as I went back to my warm bed.. "hum I wonder if one of my neighbors mares is having a foal" (she was due any day) so the next morning I went down to check on my neighbor and her horse and honestly to no great surprise her mare had given birth about an hour before I got here and about 2 hours after chief started to sound the alarm.. it's amazing to me that he knew! it will be interesting to see if he has the same connection with the other mare in the canyon as there are a whole bunch due here in the next little while... well here's baby she's the cutes little filly and is a "silver" in color which makes her mom's 1-Dominique and 2-M0nique very happy
Monday, February 4, 2008
A shot of our place form my neighbors place.. : )
I knew eventually we'd get a cat.. I'm not a big cat person but cat's are nice in there way. We have lots of rodents that I'd love for a cat to introduce him self to. I didn't go out looking for a cat as I figured If I waited long enough a cat would come to us.. and he/she has this cat has been around for a few weeks but had started venturing in closer. so We decided to give it some crunchies and ask it to stay and live at our place and take care of the critters.. so I think we have a cat now.. no name yet but I'm sure that will come... : ) welcome to Big Table "Blackie" (name for now) I'm not sure how the "principessa" feels about the new cat but I think she may know she's pretty much the queen around here... and the cat is not a house cat so her dominion is safe.
So I wanted to see how our eggs stood up to the competition .. I bought the top of the line $4.50 per dozen "free-range" organic omega 3 eggs and affirmed what I knew... free range in a big production I don't think will ever be able to match a set up with true rotational grazing and grass fed birds.. note not only the color of the yoke but the way the whites on our egg (on the right) stay together in a firm "pile" and the flavor well it's defiantly better... so there you have it if I can find a way to test the omega 3's in my eggs I'm sure I will : ) want to know morehere's is a great article..
(a quote from the Mother Earth article...)
Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. That’s the conclusion we have reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Our testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:
• 1/3 less cholesterol
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene
The Pigs rolled off in this truck on Saturday.
I can't tell you how pleased I was and am with how well it went. It really made me feel super good about having the slaughter here at the farm. Both pigs had VERY clean fast kills neither of them saw it coming at all - and it was while eating eggs in their stall. I hope I go like that but I think I'd like to be eating chocolate... : ) anyway the mobile slaughter guy was super good and
efficient about the rest of the process post kill as well. The pigs where halved here and went off to Frontier meats on Saturday.
Brian made Boudin noir fresh from the slaughter (if you don't know what this is you may not want to)