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Self-sufficiency as a retirement strategy part 4 Energy and Water

Yazan: Dave | 26 September 2013 | No Comments
Categories: Lifestyle, Lifestyle and Recipes, Renewable energy

In this forth part of the series on Self-sufficiency as a retirement strategy by Nev Sweeney we look at Energy and water. Energy We all use energy in out lives, to cook our food, power our car and TV, even to purify our water so it is important to have some way of harvest our […]

Self-sufficiency as a retirement strategy part 2 Food-Veggies

Yazan: Dave | 26 September 2013 | No Comments
Categories: Lifestyle and Recipes, Outdoors, The vegetable patch

Self-sufficiency as a retirement strategy is a series of articles by Self-sufficiency guru Nev Sweeney Most retirement strategies focus on “wealth creation”. The aim is to provide you with enough cash to maintain your extravagant pre-retirement lifestyle. Not necessarily a bad thing in itself, but there is a better way – using self sufficiency as […]

Hay Box Cooker

Yazan: admin | 20 June 2013 | 3 Comments
Categories: Lifestyle, Lifestyle and Recipes, Renewable energy, The Home, The kitchen

The Hay box cooker an old invention out of new materials by self sufficiency Guru Nev Sweeny I first heard about the concept of the hay box cooker, which uses stored heat to cook food, many years ago. I made one out of straw, a pine box and a large glass casserole dish but it […]

Nasturtium leaf pesto

Yazan: admin | 10 June 2013 | No Comments
Categories: Food, Lifestyle and Recipes, Outdoors, Seasonal cooking, The vegetable patch

Nasturtiums are often over looked as a food source but in a bad year on an allotment they can really come into their own.  The flowers and leaves can be used in salads the buds can be blanched then pickled in vinegar for use as capers and as I’ve found you can make quite a […]

Things to do with stale bread

Yazan: Dave | 06 May 2013 | 2 Comments
Categories: Food, Lifestyle and Recipes, Seasonal cooking, The Home, The kitchen

Bread can often go stale before you get a chance to eat it all.  If you see patches of mould growing on the surface it is a good sign that the bread is no-longer edible and should be thrown away or composted.  If on the other hand it is just gone hard it is still […]

Preserving Cherries

Yazan: Dave | 27 July 2012 | 4 Comments
Categories: Food, foraging, Home Brew, Lifestyle and Recipes, Preserving, Wild foods

Town planners of 20th century often included cherry trees in their planting schemes as they loved the blossom. The fruit was something of an afterthought, but not for us foragers. It has meant that added to the list of usual places to hunt for cherries you should include housing estates and parks. You will more […]


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