Nonesuch Mincemeat has been around for over a century, and I bought some to make a Thanksgiving pie
It comes in dense little boxes which are lightly waxed shut. Mincemeat in this form needs to be reconstituted in a pan with water. It is a strange product, like something from a time capsule from the 1960s, or an item from an ethnic grocery store. The boxes are small, like juice boxes. Maybe that can be a new flavor of Juicy Juice or Capri Sun: MINCEMEAT. The kids'll love it.
It's like strong fruit cake filling, sticky and aromatic. It is primarily a mixture of dried apples, raisins, vinegar, sugar, spices and a touch of BEEF - that's right, beef. There is no taste of beef, thank God, but my guess is they use a bit of beef fat for richness. Gross.
This was the former hooptie-style door in the chicken coop, fashioned from an old door that I found at the farm that wasn't quite the right size, so it was "extended" with chicken wire which secured into place by shoving the wire behind a cinderblock. So crappy.
The new, hand crafted coop door from Reeber Woodworking - what an improvement! The girls love it.
I love seeing a lone Christmas tree way out in a field lit up when the snow is on the ground. With that image in mind, I chose this little pine tree in the West pasture to string with lights. It took almost 300 feet of extension cord, but will look great a few weeks from now.
The Boss Mouse logo features a family photograph from 1911 - my Dad's eldest sister Julia in the arms of her Aunt Julia, my Grandmother's sister, a Hungarian immigrant. I knew my Aunt Julia very well, and think she is looking a lot like a Boss Mouse with that big pink bow in her hair. The name Boss Mouse means the empowerment of the small thing - I also like how the words look together, it is fun to say, and naturally, mice go with cheese.
1 cup carrot, finely grated
1 cup kale, finely grated
(I put both through the food processor)
1 ½ cups oats
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon ketchup
salt and pepper
This will make a nice, thick “dough” to work with. Form 14-15 patties. Cook them in a fry-pan with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil.
I served mine with a curry mayonnaise.
1 large Egg Yolk
1 teaspoon Rice Vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon Salt
Sllllooowly beat in 3/4 c. oil (1/4 c. Canola, 1/2c. EVOO) in a blender or with a hand mixer. Whatever you do, do it slowlllllly. That’s the key to making a good, creamy mayonnaise. Add ground curry and a little paprika to taste. I used about 1 1/2 teaspoons curry and 1/4 teaspoon paprika.
One of the prettiest chicks - her feathers are a shade of blue-grey
Still not sure if I have hens or roosters yet - they sleep on their own now and have integrated into the flock just fine. They walk around the farm as a group, and Buffy is still their Mama, though she isn't as interested in them any more.
This weekend the bunnies moved to their new home out in the bull pen in the big barn. It is a large room with original stone masonry walls and tons of space to scamper. Here is their new bunny condo, which is fully insulated, has a window and roof deck. Here's Bunny Lee checking out her new digs.
Blackie pops a wheelie! She and Bunny Lee have become friends and LOVE their new barn home. They have an enormous amount of space to frolic free and uncaged.
When I was a little kid, one of my favorite books was Home For A Bunny. My Mom once put it in a garage sale, and I snuck it out and hid it because I couldn't bear to see it go.It is an appropriate book for this weekend's activities!