Archive for September, 2009

We have piglets!

I’ve not blogged about this before, but thanks to the “temporary” closure of the local abattoir (since March!), I’ve been forced to keep Pinky and Curly long after they were meant to have shuffled off their mortal coil. And, as you’d expect with two pigs over a certain age, they’ve made babies…

Seven, in fact, who were born this morning:

Pinky and her newborn piglets - 20 September 2009

Pinky and her newborn piglets - 20 September 2009

Pinky's piglets - 20 September 2009

All in a huddle!

Pinky's piglets - 20 September 2009

The milk bar's open for business!

Unusually for Kune Kunes, all seven piglets are pink, though I guess that’s not so surprising, given that both Mum and Dad are pink. I had a good look and am pretty sure that four are male, with three females. And no, they haven’t got names yet – I prefer to wait until they’re at least 48 hours old before committing to names…

I dare say there will be more photos tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed that they all have a good night 🙂

Snipe in the river!

It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally got round to taking videos instead of just photos, and I thought you might all appreciate the sights and sounds of Snipe in her favourite place in the world: the river!

New theme: Freshy

Yes, you’ve read that right (and spotted it, if you’re a regular visitor to my blog, rather than just a feed reader)… Once again, I’ve changed the look, this time using the Freshy theme.

For some reason, the Ocean Mist theme wasn’t displaying properly, so I thought a change was in order.

The current header image is cropped from this photo, taken at sunset last night:

Sunset over my field - 16 September 2009

Sunset over my field - 16 September 2009

I love this time of year, especially when we’re lucky enough to have such good weather.

Home-made, fat-free chips!

If, like me, you’re a massive fan of the humble chip, then you should try our method of making them as they are delicious, cheap, easy to make, contain nothing other than what you add to them (which you don’t have to) and did I mention how tasty they are?!

Admittedly, some people have encountered problems in making them, hence this simple ‘how to’ blog post, with pictures!

The method is simple.

Slice ’em, grill ’em, eat ’em.

One medium or large potato will do for each person, depending on appetite and how much other stuff is being consumed.

First, wash your potato. Don’t peel it, just slice it:

The sliced potatoes waiting for the grill to heat up

The sliced potatoes waiting for the grill to heat up

How thick the slices are will affect how they cook. Thin ones goes crispy, too thin and they’ll burn… Thick ones are softer inside but too thick and they won’t cook… The ones in the photo (apologies for its quality, BTW) are as thick as I tend to do them, though it’s all a bit random and depends on where the knife falls.

You don’t need to add oil or anything – they might stick to the grill rack in a couple of places, but not badly and can be easily removed without destroying the chip.

To cook, preheat the grill to its maximum temperature and put the grill pan in the middle.

Check on them after about 10-12 minutes. If they are golden brown, it’s time to turn them:

At the half way point, after about 12 minutes under the grill

At the half way point, after about 12 minutes under the grill

Once you’ve turned them, you can add seasoning or herbs, etc. I rarely bother, but it’s up to you!

Oh – if the skin puffs out during cooking, worry not, it’s meant to do that!

Put them back under the grill and check them in another ten minutes. Once the tops have also turned golden brown, it’s time to tuck in!

Ready to serve!

Ready to serve!

I suppose, they’re really “grilled potato slices”, but “burgers and grilled potato slices” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it…!

Let sleeping pigs lie

Bailey - 6 September 2009

Bailey - 6 September 2009

Tia - 6 September 2009

Tia - 6 September 2009

Bless!

(Not) enjoying the sun

Yes, you read that title right. It’s been a wonderfully sunny week, the gorgeous September we were all dreaming of during the downpour that counted as summer. The sun’s shining, the leaves are still green, the grass is still growing.

Brini and Scrumpy - 9 September 2009

Brini and Scrumpy - 9 September 2009

Yet I, dear readers, have been at work all week, and have therefore been unable to partake in this delightful weather.

I shall have the day off on Sunday.

I hear it will be cloudy…

Happy birthday, Curly!

Keeping young Master Curly until his first birthday wasn’t exactly how I planned things, but Fate intervened and Curly has endured. This is a miracle in itself, as I wasn’t expecting Scrumpy to farrow when she did – but neither was she, as I discovered her in the ark with all but one piglet, a pink boar, which was screaming for his mummy outside in the cold and wet… I picked him up, put him in with his siblings, whereupon he found a teat and has never looked back.

Scrumpy and her newborn piglets - 10 September 2008

Scrumpy and her newborn piglets - 10 September 2008

Curly and Squeak - 18 October 2008

Curly and Squeak - 18 October 2008

Curly - 9 August 2009

Curly - 9 August 2009