Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wow What a Weekend

Well I have had a top weekend and this past few days...

I went to visit my dear friend Judy and see her newest member of the "Family".
Pandora is a gorgeous Milker and has such a sweet nature, she just sat there and let us pat her and scratch her head...I even gave her a little neck massage...she is truly a sweety.
wow does she give good milk...it has been many years since I have had "Farm Fresh" milk from a cow...I had some in my tea and even brought some home so I could cook up some goodies with it.
We had some fun trying to make some butter while I was there but it was doomed from the start I think because we had too much liquid in with the cream (see success later in post).

 All of the goats decided they wanted to get some pats as well and swamped us as you can see in the pictures.
The big white boy in the front left of the picture is TJ and he became my shadow because I gave him a really good scratch between the hip bones where he can't reach...so adorable.

I am looking forward to some adventures in cheese making in the near future.

Boy how I love the freshness and smell of farm fresh milk....

Whole wheat...
I have a whisper mill that is on loan to me for the next 20 years or so from Judy's sister. I have had it for 8 months now and not had a chance to use it. well after a refresher trial at Judy's house I managed to make my own flour from some organic whole wheat I got from a health food store in our local shopping centre.

The Whisper Mill

Fresh Whole Wheat Flour
I decided to make some Almond and Chocolate muffins with my home milled flour and farm fresh milk...

They were a big hit with the family...the tastiest I have had for a long time.
On Monday morning we decided to skim the cream from the top of the milk because it had separated quite well and make some butter.
I just put the cream in my food processor and turned it on...
I got so excited when watching it separate from the butter milk that I forgot add some salt...oh well it just became unsalted butter. we saved the buttermilk and froze it for another day.
but the Butter looked and tasted so divine it won't last long in our house.

In the end we got about 100g-150g of butter from approximately 600ml of cream.
I scraped it out of the food processor and wrapped it in grease proof baking paper so I could squeeze pout the last of the buttermilk. after that I just stuck it in the fridge to harden up a bit.
hubby had it this morning in his sautéed mushrooms for breakfast, he says it is awesome and very delicious...
wow what a heap of fun we have had.

What have you been cooking lately? What do you think of farm fresh...do you yearn for the outdoors and beauty of farm living like I do? but sadly live with a bunch of city slickers (hubby and kids)...
Oh well one can always dream...

Happy Living



  1. Well aren't you the clever chicky!! Hugs Khris

  2. oh wow Amanda I am so jealous, what a fabulous day you had and your goodies look great, so many memories came flooding back of when I was a teenager and we lived on a farm and milked the cows and Dad made our butter, we loved our goats, the kids were so much fun to play with, we were spoilt with those wonderful few years, all my siblings have fond memories of that time. Thanks for bringing back such great memories and sharing your lovely day.
    hugs, Diana

  3. Sounds like you had a great time! It was just birthing season here last month. Lots of new little goats (kids) in the area. They are so cute!
    hugs Karen

  4. Say Hi to Judy for me I hope you take me out to the farm in Oct.Want to see the animals so much.The cow looks so happy.