Farming life

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Sun is coming up over Blue Jay

So I’m starting to get settled at the farm – learning more and more of the daily chores. This week I tried milking a cow for the first time. It is definitely a skill that takes time getting good at, but I didn’t get kicked or dropped the milk bottle. I was however competing with the newborn calf trying to get to the utter.

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We had some snow this week. This is the view from the main farm house

I also had my first dinner duty. The produce on the farm is top quality, but it is slightly different from what I normally cook with at home, so I decided to make falafel with pita bread and a cabbage chop salad. I think I have finally figured the wood stove out. I was very happy with the result and it seemed the other people on the farm agreed:

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Fresh baked pita bread
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Cabbage chop salad
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Dinner time at the farm
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Rye bread

Of course one of my first projects has been to bake rye bread. I have already gone three weeks without, so I could wait no longer. I made a sour dough and got baking. They turned out great and newcomer to the farm, Swedish Kristina has approved, so I’m happy. I wonder if it is worth while trying to make liquorice?

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The lake just behind the farm

I try to find time to do hikes, since the island is amazingly beautiful. Just look at that scene above…5 minutes from the farm. When it warms up a bit, there is a campsite right there and I can’t wait to sit around a fire and enjoy that view!

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Fine dinning experience at the CO-OP on Cortes

This week also provided a special dinning experience as one of the residents from Blue Jay did a French Fine Dinning event at her work place – the local CO-OP. It was Michelin worthy with the white table cloths and the food was really delicious. I already suggested that Carly should do a pop-up restaurant this summer.

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First course – Pork pate with garlic confit and freshmade butter
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Second course: Vol au vent with scallop
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Dessert: Rich chocolate mousse

It was a real treat and a fun experience to try. Of course our Blue Jay table made a bit of a scene when the napkin from the bread basket caught fire at the table, but we stopped the fire and pretended nothing happened 🙂 It is not all farm life out here.

This weekend I am in charge of feeding at the barn, so twice a day I climb to the hay loft and push hay through to the cows and goats. Who would have thought I would be doing that just half a year ago? It has shown me the level of commitment needed when dealing with livestock. I love the fresh dairy products, but it seems too big a commitment for one person, so I guess having livestock will have to go on the back burner as long as I’m single. I will just have to buy my dairy as most other people do.

I will end this blog with a picture of one of the farm dogs – Kassidy is 15 years old and deaf, but such a sweetheart. She guards the farm along with the other dog Sadie, who will always try to trick you into a game of Stick, even though she is not allowed to.

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Pop-up restaurant og irsk musik

  Som tiden dog flyver! I lørdags var kæresten og jeg på pop-up restaurant i Hou Havn, og først nu er der tid til at skrive om det. Det var Fru Møllers Restaurant i Bjergager, der sammen med Gyllingnæs Jagtforening bød velkommen til en aften fyldt med lækre vildtretter og lokale råvarer. Faktisk er første billede fra Fru Møllers facebook side. Det var også sjovt at opdage, at skytten på Gyllingnæs Gods er en gammel skolekammerat.

   
Opdækningen var rustik og simpel, men nu var vi jo også kommet for maden. Og maden var fantastisk! Sprængt fasanbryst, helstegt dyrekølle og filet serveret med forskellige salater, Tunø kartofler vendt i urtepesto og syltede rødløg, en lækker koldt sauce af bl.a. mandler og røget paprika og ikke mindst det lækre brød fra Fru Møllers Mølleri.  

 Desserten var en bagt creme med sommerbær rustikt serveret i små sylteglas. Jo, vi blev kræset om i den grad. Og vi nød det! 

 Når man nu inviterer kæresten ud, må man hellere gøre lidt ud af det, så jeg var for en gangs skyld i kjole:  

 

Efterfølgende spillede Denis McClaughlin and Friends fantastisk irsk folkemusik. Skønt med en musikalsk aften – dog havde de valgt i det Irske telt at udskifte den sædvanlige Guinness med Leffe Brown. Virkelig dårlig stil Hou Havnefest!!!

Men musikken fejlede som sagt ikke noget:  

 

Søndag fik vi alle indkøb ombord på jollen, inden kursen blev sat mod Tunø og hjem. De ekstra 100kg ombord forsinkede os kun 10 min. Der kan være meget ombord på sådan en Askelade jolle:

Konklusionen på turen og oplevelsen er, at pop-up restaurant er nået provinsen, og det er fedt. Jeg glæder mig til næste oplevelse og tænker, om det hedder Brandbygegård næste uge og Hærværk’s sommer pop-up restaurant.