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January 2009

Frugal Cooking – Part two – Fill the Oven and in Hot water

January 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

Fill the oven We probably all know that heating the whole oven just to cook one jacket potato is a bit of a waste but how many times do we actually act on this knowledge? It genuinely is quite easy, with a little bit of planning, to fill the oven up. The traditional Sunday roast is really quite an efficient meal. My local Co-op often sells quite large joints of meat at half price or less when [...]

Saving Cash in the Kitchen – Fridge and cooker, Andy Hamilton

January 9, 2009 // 2 Comments

Saving cash in the kitchen – Part 1. Hawthorn berries boiling on a hob I can never understand why people would waste money by wasting electricity. Let’s put aside any environmental benefits for one second and think in just monetary terms. You could be working overtime, or worse doing without a night down the pub just because you don’t run your kitchen in an efficient manner. Well I hate [...]

Solar Oven Recipe – Sourdough Bread – By Nev Sweeney

January 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

Here on this site is an article for making a box solar oven and in that article I expressed doubt that it would be capable of baking bread in winter (Australian Winter). Well, I proved myself wrong and very happily so! I have developed a bread recipe that can be used as sourdough or conventional yeast and bakes to a turn in the solar box oven, even in mid winter even though it takes a bit longer. [...]

Making a Chook Brooder (Chicken Brooder)

January 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

I have kept chooks for many years, and for the past few years I have bought point of lay Rhode Island Reds from a local poultry farm to replace those that have gone to a better place. We have had some recent chookacides and [...]

Making a cotton Gin – by Nev Sweeney

January 4, 2009 // 4 Comments

The story of how I grow and spin my own cotton is still continuing, this years crop looks like it will be a big one (relatively – how much can you expect from three or four plants?). I still spin the cotton direct from the boll and have not gotten around to building a cotton gin based on Ely Whitney’s model, but I have found that spinning from the boll still inevitably leaves some cotton [...]

Wartime Recipes – WW2 recipes by Andy Hamilton and Mrs Flibble

January 2, 2009 // 0 Comments

The generation that lived through World War 2 are sometimes referred to as the Great Generation. Indeed they suffered hardships we can no longer imagine. To us this latest recession means that we might have to do without a night at the pub, sky television or a foreign holiday;  at worst it means changing our shopping habits or using the car less. It is unlikely that many will starve in this [...]