Saturday, 9 July 2011

Watcha doin......

'Watcha doin Mum.....sitting on the grass taking photos?'

We've managed to find a really good home for our lovely girls.  The Kune Kunes are all going together to live in Somerset, and as their new Mum is off on her holidays in the next couple of weeks we said they can stay with us until the second week in August,  Because all the Large Black pigs will be off the farm by the end of this weekend they will have the whole of our 6 acre paddock to themselves.....I see lots of  Kune Kune fun and games in the month to come!!

A brilliant discovery this week, is Giant Garlicky Croutons.  I used to make my own little ones to toss in salads and soups, but we always used to eat Garlic Bread as well, now we are on our health drive we have cut out the garlic bread (as we both like it dripping with lovely garlicky butter....I know sooo naughty...!) and in its place I have been making these.

Giant Garlicky Croutons

A couple of thick slices of  Homemade Bread (or a bought unsliced loaf) stale bread is best.
 A glug of Olive Oil
A 2" squeeze of garlic Paste (or a couple of finely chopped cloves)

Simply mix the garlic into the oil in a bowl and toss in the cubed bread, leave to sit for 10 minutes then spread on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, longer if you want them very crispy, but it's nice to be able to stab them with a fork if you are tossing them in a salad.  You can also add chopped herbs or a sprinkle of Parmesan to them in the bowl if you want a change.

If you cook them until they are very crispy they will keep for up to a week in an airtight tin, if you can resist them for that long!

We find it turns a salad or a bowl of soup into a more substantial meal and you can vary the oil you use to play around with flavours even more.  It's a good way to use up some stale bread too.

This weekend we are having a tidy up day today, doing accounts and weeding the vegetable beds and then tomorrow we have our local Farmers Market in the village hall, followed by our three young Large Blacks being picked up sometime in the afternoon.

Hope you all have a good weekend.

Sue xx

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