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Tricia
Hunter Valley, Australia
Learning to live better with less
Interests: simple living, sustainable living, conservation
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If you want a head start Im happy to give you one of our sweet potato heads Mel. Were driving to Newcastle on sat (via Janes). Are you far out of our way? Id be happy to drop one of as we have more than enough and it will save you a few weeks. T
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Wonderful tip thank you Cath and Duncan. Im going to give it a go. Isnt nature generous.
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Hi Leah. Yep - leave the starter outside/on kitchen bench for the first week or so. Put it in the fridge only after you are sure you have a happy active culture. And yes - tip most out so that it fits in your jar. You can use what you tip out as your first sponge or in a batch of pancakes. My jar is prob only around 400ml. It only needs to hold atleast two cups. Good luck :-)
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We are growing sweet potato slips on our windowsill. My daughter added faces to sweet potato tubers and we’re watching their roots, shoots and character grow. It’s an activity that combines creativity, nature study and growing your own food. Win-win. Here's how to grow your own sweet potato heads... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at little eco footprints
Minced, chopped or grated is good Chris. Enjoy.
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Hi Nic. Im pleased Ive made it seem uncomplicated. Good luck with your bread making. Id love to hear how it went. T
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Hi Leah. I started out using unbleached white bakers flour from the supermarket. The Wallaby Unbleached Bakers Flour avail in 5kg bags is an economical choice (works out at around 80c a loaf). Ive since started buying organic grains. Im now using a mix of wholewheat, rye and spelt. Wholegrain flours are the healthiest option (and also seem more tolerant of the long proof times I prefer). I found for my family that the best approach was to take it gradually. Starting with the white flour and slowly increasing the amount of wholegrain flour. They will now happily eat super brown loaves made from rye - but if I jumped straight to such a heavy loaf I imagine I may have turned them off sourdough. Have fun experimenting and I imagine you will find a flour mix that suits your tastes and routine. T
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Im glad the bread making is going well Angela. Ive been making plenty of fruit-loaf style breads lately as well. Ive been adding cinnamon, ginger, sultanas, dates and almonds to my basic sourdough bread. Delicious! I started water kefir only this week. Ive been adding ginger and orange slices to the second ferment. Its just like a punchy ginger beer. I suspect we are going to be drinking a lot of water kefir this summer. Thanks for sharing :-)
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An easy and frugal way to improve your garden soil is to grow green manure. Green manures are plants grown specifically to be composted back into the soil. They build organic matter and increase the availability of nitrogen and other nutrients. For me, their main appeal is they suit my lazy gardening style. Sowing a handful of seed, and turning the crop into the soil a month later, is far easier than bringing in barrow-loads of compost Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at little eco footprints
I hope you do give it another go Kate. Ive found my sourdough improved once I relaxed into the process and forgot about some of the rules and time frames. I believe sourdough cultures are affected by our energy - so being frazzled about the process doesnt help. Perhaps you can start with someone elses starter to begin with? Im not sure where you are - but if you are in/near the hunter valley region Im happy to give you some starter. Tricia
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I hope it was just an unlucky coincidence Ed. Good luck if you do give it another go. Id be interested to hear the outcome if you do have the courage to try it again. Tricia
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I highly recommend trying sourdough Katie. My family far prefers the flavour over yeasted bread. i find it has far more character and is more tolerant of being neglected. Tricia
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Sourdough can be very sticky Abbie because it seems to prefer being wetter than a yeasted dough. So that Little Eco can help - I often break off a smaller manageable piece of dough for her to knead and add a whole lot of flour to the kneading surface. She then makes (and usually decorates) a small bread roll sized loaf. My recipe went up today. Tricia
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My recipe went up today Leah. I can so relate to being intimidated. I procrastinated for years because it seemed so complicated. But it doesnt have to be. I hope my steps make it seem simpler. Happy baking. Tricia
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That looks GOOD! I'm keen to give it a go. Thank you.
Hi Angela. I love that your 3 yr old was proud. So cute! I remember Herman the german cake doing the rounds when i was a kid. I love that its still being shared. My soughough from scratch recipe went up today. Tricia
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There's a seemingly endless array of sourdough bread recipes and techniques. I found the diversity overwhelming when I first started. Sourdough baking seemed complicated and regimented. But it doesn't have to be. Baking a loaf of sourdough can be simple and flexible. I'm sharing the basic steps in making sourdough bread from scratch. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at little eco footprints
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I've fallen in love with sourdough baking. I resisted regularly baking bread because I thought it would be a time-consuming hassle. But instead of complicating my life, sourdough baking has nourished and improved it. Sourdough baking is similar to simple living in many ways. Here's six lessons from sourdough that can be applied to simple living. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at little eco footprints
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Im glad the post is timely for you Sarah. Enjoy those bright flowers. T
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I think I was interested in the same workshop as you Melissa. I can understand why they cost what they do - but its nice to see theres an alternative.
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Im not sure if we get the latest series (or are a little behind) - but ill keep an eye out for that episode thanks. We bought a shipping container home (tiny 20ft single container) a week ago (hence the pins - Im trying to work out what can fit into the space). Im certain ill be sharing more in this space shortly. Thanks for thinking of me.
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Calendula flowers are edible and medicinal and can be used in a myriad of ways. These pretty flowers are a great addition to the garden. Right now (early spring) is the perfect time to sow calendula seeds. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at little eco footprints
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I was pleased when I heard about The Commons Sustenance project and its efforts to make lessons in wholesome cooking accessible to everyone in Newcastle. 10 affordable food and well-being classes are being delivered at The Commons cafe and community space. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at little eco footprints
Im super impressed you are contemplating growing microgreens so soon after having a new baby Bek :-) Congratulations. Perhaps the girls would enjoy microgreen and Vegemite sandwiches ;-)
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Great minds think alike Kate ;-) The soil wont be any good to use again for microgreens. Ill be dumping mine in the worm farm or compost. T x
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