Wednesday, 25 November 2015

I Asked Lincs Farmers What Makes Them Happy and Here's What they said...

The last few weeks, I've had the opportunity to catch up with some Lincolnshire farmers and i have asked them all this one simple question, "What makes you really happy?"

Here's what they said...

1. "RAIN WHEN WE NEED IT." 


A farmers life, well being and family are dependent on the weather. Trust me, you don't really know what gambling is until you risk every penny you have to put a crop in the ground and then wait to see if it produces something. 
Farmers depend on the rain and they pray fervently for rain to help their crops grow.

2. "A FREE PAIR OF PLIERS."



Honestly, a free anything makes farmers really happy. This is why trade shows where equipment dealers, seed salesman, fertilizer and chemical reps and association staff are so popular with farmers. I mean, they all love talking about farming, but if they get to talk about farming and get a free flashlight or a free pair of pliers or just a pen? They are in heaven. 
If we're really honest with each other, isn't this true of all of us? Wouldn't we all love a free cup of Costa Coffee. You see, they aren't all that different from the rest of us. 

Farmers use tools and gloves and flashlights every day of their lives and who wouldn't want that stuff for free?

3. "AN EARLY MORNING SCOUTING SESSION."


Picture it: a Beautiful sunrise, a dewy morning. The temperature hovers at 21 degrees and there's a light breeze blowing. You are driving through the country with the windows down catching a glimpse of the land your family has farmed for years. Your heart swells with pride to see the corn seedlings emerging in long green rows that are barely visible right now, but will be inches tall soon. 

Farmers are connected to the earth. It's no wonder that enjoying nature and seeing plants grow makes them immensely happy. 

4. "FAMILY AND TRADITION."


Everyone loves their family and farmers are no different but i do think there's a special place on tradition in farming families. Because land doesn't move, families stay in one town for many generations. Extended families stay together. Christmas at Grandma's is the same every year and it's likely the same as it was when her Grandma did it. Dad's first tractor stays in the family and everyone comes together on Memorial Day to care for generations of family graves. 

Farmers are invested in their families and their farms long-term, because they have stood the test of time and they will last for years and years in the future. it's a part of the lifestyle on the farm.


What did I miss? Are there things that make you really happy? 
Let me know in the comments!?!

Abbiemay 
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Monday, 23 November 2015

Homemade Pickled Beetroots

One of my favourite ways to enjoy beetroot is to pickle them. Pickled beets are delicious in fresh salads but they also offer a taste of warmer weather when the winter sets in again. 

Beets are easy to grow, you can sow the seeds directly into the ground any time between mid April - July for a succession tender tasty roots. Those sown from June onwards can be used for storing in winter. When are about three weeks old, thin out the seedlings, and throw the extra greens into a salad for a little colour and flavour. The roots should be mature enough to harvest when they've been growing for about two months. Harvest when they are the size of a cricket ball. 

To start this recipe, get yourself some beets. If you don't have any in our own garden, hit up the farmers market or your local fruit and vegetable store. Trim off the greens and scrub the roots. Don't worry if you have a mixed size collection. 


Steam or boil the beets either whole (longer cooking time but easier to peel) or in bit-ize-ish chunks (shorter cooking time if you don't care about peeling) until they're tender. Beware that beet juice stains, so use a cutting board that you're not particularly fond of and wear a red shirt!

While the roots are streaming, thinly slice a couple sweet or storage onions for extra flavour. Figure about one medium onion per 4.5KG of pickled beets.

Sterilise enough jars for your desired quantity of pickled beets.

Pack beets and onion into jars. If you cook your beet whole, you will probably need to slice them up a bit to fit them into the jars. 

If you add some spice mix to each jar about 1 tablespoon or 1 teaspoon per pint. Pickling spice is a blend of about 10 different herbs and spices (coriander, peppercorns, crushed bay leaves, chiles, etc.) that tastes great with beets. If you are particularly motivated, you could mix up your own spice medley, adding in accordance with your personal preference. 

The most important factor with pickling brine is that you maintain a ratio of 2 parts vinegar (apple vinegar is best) to 1 cup of water. Pour it into a pot, and set it on medium heat. 

Add honey to the liquid. Honey is not acting as a preservation in this instance, so use your judgement for sweetening. Beets have their own natural sugars, but some people prefer their pickled beets to be very sweet. One cup honey to six cups vinegar/water produces an acidic but subtly sweet pickle. 

Bring your vinegar water honey solution to a rolling boil. ha

Fill your jars with hot brine, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Add jar lids and lightly screw on rings. 

At this point, your pickled beets will be delicious but not shelf stable for the long term. Without canning, you can store them in the refrigerator for a couple months.

After you eat a jar of pickled beets, and all you have left is that gorgeous pink brine, you've got to try pickled beet eggs. Hard boil and peel a few eggs, re-boil the brine and then pour the hot brine over the eggs in a jar, Let it sit in the refrigerator for a day or so. The pink will permeated the white of the egg, so they'll look fabulous and they'll taste great too.

Abbiemay

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Lemon Drizzle Cake

This really is our top favourite. It is always moist and crunchy. The cake needs to be still warm when the topping is added so that is absorbs lemon syrup easily, leaving the sugar on top. Do allow the cake to cool a little though, if it is too hot the syrup will tend to run straight through.


Ingredients: 


  • 225g (8 oz) Butter, softened 
  • 225g (8 oz) Caster Sugar
  • 275g (10oz) Self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking power
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • Finely grated rind of 2 lemons

Crunchy Topping:
  • 175g (6oz) Granulated sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons

Preparation time: about 10 minutes
Cooking time: about 35 - 40 minutes


1. Cut a rectangle of non-stick baking parchment to fit the base and sides of a loaf tin. Grease the tin and then line with the paper, pushing it nearby it neatly into the corners of the tin. Pre-heat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas3

2. Measure all the ingredients for the loaf tin into a large bowl and beat well for about 3 minutes until well blended, an electric mixer is best for this but of course you can also beat by hand with a wooden spoon. Turn the mixture into prepared tin, scraping the sides of the bowel with a plastic spatula to remove all of the mixture. Level the top gently with the back of the spatula.

3. Bake in the middle of the pre-heated oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the lemon drizzle springs back when pressed lightly with a finger in the centre and is beginning to shrink away from the sides of the tin. 

4. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes then lift the cake out of the tin still in the lining paper. Carefully remove the paper and put the cake onto a wire rack placed over a tray (to catch drips of the topping).

5. To make the crunchy topping, mix the lemon juice and granulated sugar in a small bowl to give a runny consistency. Spoon this mixture evenly over the cake whilst it is still just warm. 

6. Cut yourself a slice or two and enjoy with a cuppa tea. 

Abbiemay 
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Saturday, 14 November 2015

How to Pluck & Gut a Pheasant or Partridge?

Game is a treat, and i am not really big fan but its nice once in a while. I used to be a Gamekeeper, and they literally taught everything even how to pluck and gut pheasants. It's pretty damn easy! I went beating last Wednesday, well i usually beat during the winter months but I haven't been as much this year and sometimes I bring a brace of pheasants home.  

When i started gamekeeping, I was always a bit envious of people who could pluck game, imagining it to be complex and fiddly procedure but when i had a lesson from the keepers i discover that it's not. The plucking is straightforward. Dealing with fluttering feathers is not. Hence the carrier bag.


How to hang, pluck and draw a pheasant or partridge?
  • Hang the bird for a couple of days (by the neck) in a cool place such as a garage or cold larder
  • Cut off the head at the base of the neck with a decent pair scissors. (Once you have got rid of this the whole procedures seems less ghoulish). 
  • Snap the lower legs at the joints and pull out the tendons. This takes some strength.
  • Cut off the wings at the joint (you will find this in the fold between the wing and the body.)
Plucking the feathers 
It is easier to pluck a bird when it is warm. Let a bird room temperature before plucking, it makes an enormous difference. 

  • Find a carrier bag (any supermarkets one will do) If you still any, or a box will do.
  • Stand your carrier bag or box on the table, workbench, or in the sink (I use the table) the bird be plucked into this. Pull up the sides of the carrier bag or box so that you have an enclosed area in which contain the plucked feathers.
  • Put a few sheets of newspaper around you working area to catch any stray feathers.
  • Hold the bird by the legs and brush the feather on the breast and back (against the grain, so to speak) so they sit up a little. With a small neat movement pluck the feathers away and down from the bird, ideally straight into the carrier bag or box.
  • If skin comes away of the base of the feathers you are being you rough or trying to remove too many feathers at once. Experiment a little with this. You will soon get the feel of the most efficient plucking movement. I place my fingers on the skin around the plucking area this stops the skin being plucked from the carcass along with the tips of the feathers.
  • Spread the tail feathers into a fan shape and pluck these following the line of the feather.
  • To remove the leg feathers, hold the body and brush the feathers smooth (with the grain) and pluck them sharply down in that direction.
When i am at work i usually sit down to pluck the bird, with a dustbin between my knees. The feathers are plucked with a short downwards movement , straight into the bag. It's worth experimenting with different plucking methods to find one that suits you best. I find that some feathers are more easily removed 'against the grain' and 'some with the grain'.  



Gut the bird
  • Remove the crop (from the head end) by gently putting a finger into the neck opening, rotating gently and pulling the crop out. If you are curious, you can open this to see what the last meal was. 
  • Remove the gullet and windpipe.
  • Now stick your forefinger up the birds bum. Rotate it gently and draw out the liver and guts.
  • Wash the bird (inside and out) and refrigerate for a couple of days before use.

If your bird smells bad chuck it away, contained in a couple of tightly sealed carrier bags. Sometimes gun dogs will pick up a lost bird from a day or so before. This is rare but it has happened.

Skinning a bird:
Follow the steps for 'How to hang, pluck and draw a pheasant or partridge' then put your finger under the skin around the neck and loosen the skin. Hold the skin firmly and pull gently down towards the tail. The skin and feathers should come off in one piece. Once skinned, don't forget to draw the bird (see above). Roasting is really out if you have skinned your bird but any casserole or recipe that encloses the bird will probably be successful.





Abbiemay 
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Whiskey Fruit Tart

This tart is easy, delicious and can be eaten warm or at room temperature. I usually serve it with fresh vanilla ice cream or cream. I absolutely love this tart, we usually have at Christmas or when we have a Shoot dinner, which is happening tonight. I am rather excited! 
Everybody should attempt to bake this tart, if you do let me know in the comment box below. 


For the Pastry:
170g Plain Flour
Pinch of Salt
100g Butter
2 tablespoon Caster Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
2 tablespoons very cold water

For the Filling:
200g mixed, dried fruit (raisins, currants, sultanas) 
6 tablespoon Irish Whiskey
100g soft, light brown sugar
100g butter
1 1/2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 medium eggs, beaten 
Grated zest of 1 orange and 1/2 lemon
2 small, tart apples, peeled, cored and cut into small  cubes
50g hazelnuts, very roughly chopped

1. For the pasty, put the flour, salt and butter into a food processor fitted with a plastic blade and whizz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and whizz briefly. Mix the yolk with the water and add, a little at a time, whizzing between each addition, until the pasty comes together into a ball. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30mins.

2. Roll out the pastry and line a 20cm tart tin. Put into the freezer to chill for 10-15mins. Line with greaseproof paper weighted with baking beans and bake in an oven heated to 200C/mark 6 for 15 minutes. take out of the oven and removed the beans and paper, turn the temperature to 190C/mark 5.

3. Meanwhile, for the filling, put the mixed fruit in a saucepan and add 4 tablespoon of the whiskey. Heat until just bubbling then take the pan off the heat and leave the fruit to plump up for at 15 minutes.

4. Melt the sugar, butter and golden syrup together in a saucepan over a gentle heat. Remove from the heat. Whisk in the eggs, then add the citrus zest soaked fruit (with any unabsorbed liquid), apple, nuts and remaining whiskey. Mix and pour into the pastry case. Return to the over and bake for 20-25minutes. Take out of the oven once the tart is just set and the top is dark and glossy. leave to rest for about 10 minutes before serving. 

Enjoy! 

Abbiemay 
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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Could you handle being a Farmers Wife?

1. The only quality time you will get to spend with your farmer is on the tractor.

2. Or in the pick-up truck, a.k.a your second home.

3. Taking your lunch out into the field, is the closest you get to a picnic. 
(It's actually better)

4. But it's not like your farmer eats anything but meat and vegetables anyway.


5. You look forward to rainy days in the Summer, just so you can spend time with your farmer. 


6. Of course, when you're starting a family you need to be organised in order to avoid giving birth during harvest time. 

7. Your Christmas turkey always arrives in with it's feathers and innards still in tact.

8. You sort the washing according to how dirty it is, rather than colour.


9. You wear nail varnish to hide the dirt under your nails.


10. There's never any vegetables in your pantry, so you have to go and dig your own.


11. Even though your garden is an absolute mess. 


12. Your washing machine packs up every harvest because it gets blocked with corn and dust.


13. A lie in is anything past 5:30am.


14. When your Farmer tells you he'll be an hour, you expect him in five.
(Somethings bound to break down, which means he'll turn up covered in mud and grease. Oh, and he will tell you to fetch the spares). 


15. Which means you have to eat dinner alone at least twice a week.


16. And even through all your kit and machinery are fitted with GPS, you can never locate you farmer.


17. The barns leaky roof always gets fixed before your house leaky roof.

18. Your forbidden from speaking during the Country File or Harvest 2015 weather report - or any other forecast for that matter.


19. Your Summer excursions include at least three agricultural shows.

20. And mostly you take holidays in other agricultural areas, so that you farmer can spy on the techniques and methods of others growers and producers.

21. Your shopping list includes items like filters, overalls, belts, lights, cables and spark plugs.


22. Your fridge is always full of medicine... for the livestock.


23. Grass stains are the least of you laundry worries.


24. But hey, at least you have legitimate excuse to wear Le Chameau wellies.



Saturday, 7 November 2015

Sweet Cow Patties from Chocolate and Oats.

When i got up this morning, i am not kidding but i just wanted to get back into bed. I have a lot in the winter, just hearing the rain trapping on the window. Definitely wasn't a nice morning. he weather is so strange, one minute its raining, next its blowing a gale then its blue skies. I don't understand when it's like this. It's crazy living in the Lincolnshire some times but still so beautiful. I popped into Louth to get some groceries, as we needed some, for our Sunday roast tomorrow. I went to my favourite Fruit & Veg store (Robinsons & Sons). They are so nice. 


I planned making Cow Patties this afternoon, i really did think they turn out awful but actually they are a handy little snack, before you say chocolate isn't healthy i know that (but it tastes so good). 
I absolutely looooooooove chocolate. Melting chocolate as well i usually eat before it reaches they crispy cakes and yes i do get told off by doing that, but it's my chocolate. I can imagine working in the chocolate factory one day. My best friend is taking me to York in the New Year for a Chocolate Tour, i was so excited. We will come out obese but we don't care. I am fed up with being skinny anyway. haha. 


These Cow Patties are so easy to make. Mr Farmer said they are very nice but he's not very impress by the name but its true they do look like Cow Poop. I am going to sneak one in his lunch bag on Monday. I always send him to work with little notes or a surprise. My mother always use to give me surprises in my lunch box. Made school more excited. I think its time to get to the recipe, i do talk about everything once i get myself going. To make these sweet little Cow Patties i will write below. 



Ingredients 
2 150g bars of Chocolate
1/2 bag of Oats
  
Method

  1. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or in a bowl set over a pan of boiling water.
  3. Pour in the oats and stir to combine
  4. Using a spoon or small cookie scoop, place mounds of the mixture onto the prepared baking trays.
  5. Leave to sit in the fridge for 10 minutes. 
You can send to your local farmers for a Christmas gift. Package in gift sacks.
Some farmers around here will most probably think "What the hell." I know i was like that when my friend was telling me about them and the next day he bought me some and i was like oh my gosh how come i have never thought of this before. The ingredients are cheap to buy too. 
When i made them before i put raisins, dried cranberries and almonds. Healthy gift with chocolate. 

Tell me what you think the comment box below. 
Send me your pictures as well on Facebook.

enjoy!! 


Abbie May 
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Friday, 6 November 2015

Farmers Need Real Food, not just Nibbles

From being young i have always wanted to be Farmers Wife. I just love to be in the kitchen with mama, i do prefer to be on my own as everybody gets in the way. When i'm cooking, it literally drives me mad! 
This years birthday Mr Farmer bought me a new stand mixer and i am literally obsessed, it hasn't stopped for a month. I have baked a million cakes for the farmers at work etc. I think they are getting fatter. Haha. I keep cooking Mr Farmer something different every night, i love trying new foods but some days when i have been working. I throw a few things together and out would come a fancy delicious meals. 
When i first met Mr Farmer, i didn't really cook. I was working 24/7 and didn't have time at all, he cooked me lots of romantic meals but now it's the other way round. Mr Farmer is literally at work all the time, i never really see him much, only when we go to sleepy time but i am starting to see him more now because it's winter and there isn't much going on now. 


So i figure it's best to cook up good, hearty food that's filling, rather then fancy dishes that just look good! 
I'd love to know your staple meals, the ones you turn to every week that you know will work and the family will love. 

Here's ours
  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Steaks with vegetable or salad or maybe fries
  • Lamb Roast dinner 
  • Lincolnshire Sausages with onions and mash and gravy 
  • Red curry chicken with salad
  • Rice Salad with meat
  • Potatoes Breakfast 
  • Lasagne 
  • Meatballs and pasta sauce
  • Homemade Potatoes & Leek soup 
Gosh! It's a small list, when i think about it! We really do have the same sorts of meals each week!
Oh well, as long as we're fed, that's all that matters, in the farming world!! 

It's Friday so it's time to order some pizza's and fries, and salad etc. Depends who at the table tonight. We usually have a take out on Friday, day off for me from cooking. 

Abbie May
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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Carrot Cake Recipe

I can say Winter has finally arrived, today has been literally awful. It's been raining all day and i mean all day. Well it was really foggy this morning but early afternoon it started to rain, I had to nip into town to the tractor store, it was terrible. I looked like a drowned rat. haha. 
Anyway! I didn't come here to moan about the weather, i came to you about my wonderful Carrot Cake recipe, it literally is the BEST!! You will have to try, unfortunately i didn't have any cream cheese, i am pretty sure i did but somebody beat me to too. I am obsessed with Cream cheese with icing sugar, taste so nice.


I don' t really like carrot cake i made this cake for my farmer who is busy in the yard at the moment, well he says he is but i am pretty sure he sits in the office all day, reading Farmers Weekly! 



Here is the recipe for my favourite Carrot Cake... 
Serves about 8 
Takes 20 minutes to make, 1 hour to cook

Ingredients:
155ml sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
230g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking power
1 half tsp ground cinnamon
Half tsp mixed spice 
Half tsp ground ginger
230g light brown sugar 
260g carrots, coarsely grated
3 medium free-range eggs

For the icing:
50g butter, softened 
200g Full fat cream cheese
150g icing sugar, plus extra to dust 
2 tsp orange juice

Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/Gas 4. Grease an 18cm loose bottomed round cake tin and line the baking paper. Sift the flour, baking power and spices into a large bowl. Add the sugar and grated carrots then stir until well combined. Stir in the beaten eggs and oil then mix well. 
  2. Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack, leave in the tin for 5 minutes then turn out and leave to cool completely before icing.
  3. For the icing: Beat the butter in a large bowl with a hand mixer until really soft. Add the cream cheese and beat again until well mixed. Soft over the icing sugar, add the orange juice then beat until smooth. Store, covered in the fridge until needed. 
  4. To decorate, pill a piping page fitted with a plain, small nozzle with icing  then carefully pipe lines across the top of the cake. Give the cake a quarter of a turn and pipe more lines across. 
You're done!! Enjoy!

Let me know if you try this recipe, send me your pictures.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Christmas Gifts for Farmers Wives

Here is a few gift ideas for the farmer starting his Christmas shopping for his wife.



House Cleaning: This is not a joke. More than one of my friends mentioned she would love to have a gift certificate for a cleaning service. I'll admit it, it does feel like a sort of get out of jail free card something to stash away and put out when you're desperate. men if there's a cleaning service in your town this will be an east gift to procure. If not, you'll have to check around the independent cleaning experts and ask if they'll set you up with a gift certificate. 

Weekend getaway: Act now and you can still make this happen! Book somewhere relaxing, find a grandma/sitter for the kids and get away for a bit.

Manicure/Pedicure: This will entirely depend on you wife's preferences. Some would never get a manicure (every time i get a manicure it lasts about a day). Others might see that as a real treat. If you have absolutely no idea, move on to the next idea. 

Boots: Not just any boots. They're called Hunter rain boots, another friend tells me they're all the rage among the fashion conscious. Apparently you can help with chores and look fabulous, thanks to these boots. Personally, i would put i pair of Muck boots or Le Chameau on my list because my old muck boots are cracked and i don't think i'll eeek another calving season out of them. I know not a Hunter Boot fan but your wife may love them. You can find these boots of these very own website or Luck of Louth have a range of them in the shoe shop. 

Massage: It's a very stressful time at Christmas for the wives especially as they get the wonderful job cooking christmas dinner for the whole family (thats my favourite helping my mama in the kitchen) So after Christmas it would be lovely to have a pamper at a salon in town or somewhere more relaxing like Beautiful Indulgence is just 10mins from Louth. It is a lovely relaxing salon and you totally feel pampered after spending time there. 

House Stuff: Maybe there's something she's been mentioning for awhile? Like anew light fixture for the dining room? Or shelves for the bathroom? i hear there are gift certificates at places like Lees Furnishers, that would help fix just such a problem. Promising to install it for he before spring with minimal grumbling would be an equally valuable present alongside. 

Music: Does she spend a lot of time in the car? Maybe a docking station to put in the kitchen? I won a Bose docking stations several years ago and it changed the way we listen to music in our house. I LOVE this thing. I don't think if it's true but i hear they have a Bluetooth version now, too. 

Jewellery: Personalised jewellery. Not on the High Street is my favourite store online for jewellery, it's very unique. Daniella Draper  jewellery is very elegant and you can put your favourite quote that you say to you girl on a bracelet. 

Coat & Gloves: She can always use a good Barbour, Schoffel or Dubarry coat and good barn gloves. Especially if she has children, who may or may not have stolen all of her things and left them somewhere. Not that happens or anything. Bonus: you can get these at P&B. Done

Restaurant Gift Card: I know it doesn't seem very creative, but most everyone loves a good meal. Pick a great local restaurant or a bigger chain for a nice night out. It's none of my business but please don't take her to KFC, she deserves better than that. Just saying!!

Leave me a comment, if you purchased any of these gifts.


Christmas Gifts for Farmers

Are you still shopping or just started shopping for your favourite farmer? 

Check out these ideas! 

There's a certain irony in that i've been trying to write this post for a week, Christmas gifts for farmers and i haven't the foggiest idea of what i am getting my own farmer for Christmas. So let it be known i am digging up inspiration for all of us, and please forward any ideas you might have, please and thank you. 
With that, a few ideas i've found and a note: this is part 1 of a series of two blogs. Christmas gift ideas for farmers... for farmwives... Let the shopping begin!

Rechargeable Spotlight: I come from a long line of farmers who are, ahem, incredibly picky about their flashlights. Whatever, my boyfriend says this is a good one, if for no reason that it's incredibly bright (good for checking cows this winter) and it recharges with a regular extension cord, no keeping track of (yet another) charging cord. Black and Decker makes an LED model that looks like a solid choice, too.

Le Chameau: Le Chameau has expanded their line of boots, and they become very popular in the farming community. They are my favourite boots, i literally have 3 pairs and they are brilliant, neoprene are very warm. Perfect for your farmer (keep him snug during the winter months). They have a lot more stores selling them, Luck of Louth have a good range in store and can order whatever in for you. You will have to look around but some websites they do come with a free boot bag. 

Turtle Fur Neck Warmers: This is more on the stocking stuffer line but cold weather gear is always useful and gaiters heat all the heat in and the cold out. This version is from Columbia USA looks promising for keeping hay, etc. But i am not sure what that interior fabric is like. Let me know if you've tried it. 

Smartphone Protection: What farmer doesn't need a Otterbox to protect there smartphone? Their company tagline: "Waterproof, drop proof, dust proof, crush proof." They don't say "farmer proof" but i think it's implied. I've heard of them being run over by tractors, dropped in bins, mowed over, dropped in water tanks, you name it! Free Shipping over £25 orders, right now too. 

Farmers Calendar: We are big fans of the Grassmen in our household. You could make one yourself with your farming you've taken over the year for the grandparents. You can print for a very reasonable price. You could also make some pretty cool ornaments with the right photos. It might be neat to have one for each harvest, with your favourite harvest photo. A tradition in the making!

Farmers Weekly Subscription: Get your loved one a regular copy of his favourite rural red with a gift subscription to Farmers Weekly. For a full year, the magazine is £119, the tablet edition is £142.80 and there's a special bundled package of both at just £152.90. There are also six month offers available

Indestructible Flask: Thermos flask are brilliant, they don't leak and keeps hot water hot, or cold water cold for 24 hours - which mean no lukewarm coffee even during the longest shift out in the tractor. Virtually in breakable with a dent resistant stainless steel body. It is so robust it comes with a five year guarantee. It's the Hulk of Thermos flasks.

Meat: This can come in a variety of forms. Farmers literally eat any meat. So they won't be disappointed on what you get them. Other idea: Gift card for his favourite butchers in town.

Farm Supplies: Some farmers might also like a gift card to your local farm supply store.

Toy Tractors: i cant believe i didn't include this one until one of our farmers reminded me. You can find these at any Tractor store in Louth.
"Money comes and goes but toy tractors last forever."

Leave me a comment if you have any other ideas, as i am really struggling what to get my farmer this year!!






Sunday, 1 November 2015

Harvesting my Parsnips

Hello November!!!

Is it really November 1st today? This year has gone way too fast, i can't keep up. I decided it was time to harvest my parsnips as some of them was ready to harvest, and some have stopped growing (most probably given up). I know that feeling. Haha. We have got quite a few, that are really good this year. Last year was our first year growing them and they didn't really work out. Practice makes perfect! Wouldn't say they are perfect this year though but still a good effort.



It wouldn't think its November, it's unbelievable warm today, it's actually more like summer than Autumn. At 11 o'clock it was 17 degrees, that's warm for November surely. I can see from sitting here in the office, that our friendly mist is appearing over the wolds. I have just come inside to chill, write this blog, drink some tea and have a snack on my favourite biscuits malted milk. 
Farmer Biscuits!!






On the farm, we have a new type of parsnip Abbie May's Special. God knows what you would call that, looks more like Alien. ha. 



My two girls helping me clear out the Vegetable Patch, these two are friendly. The other five are somewhere bathing, or having a dush bath. I've cleaned them out today so they smell nice and fresh in the coop. I love my girls. Definitely lots of worms in the patch. They always think they are helping but actually they get in the way sometimes. 

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!

Friday, 30 October 2015

Farmers Breakfast

Morning to you all, 
So far today has been another miserable, dull, horrible day. Hopefully it can brighten up so i can head down to the farmers market to get my local produce. Anyway! 

I wanted to share this recipe with you, it's my favourite farmers breakfast. My mama used to make it all the time when i was little.
It's literally the best breakfast ever, you can serve with a big juicy steak or scrambled eggs and bacon or fried chicken! or roasted chicken or pancakes or ham. You'll love, love, love these. They're simple, easy and oh so flavourful. 



Prep Time: 15minutes
Cook Time: 45minutes

Ingredients:
1 bag (5 pounds) Potatoes, cut into chunks
4 cloves Garlic, minced
2 whole onion, peeled and roughly chopped
2 whole green bell peppers, seeded and roughly chopped
2 whole red bell peppers, seeded and roughly chopped
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon Black pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 195 degrees C
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the potatoes, garlic, onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, olive oil, butter, seasonal salt and black pepper.
  3. Pour potatoes onto two rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, shaking the pan twice. 
  4. Raise the heat to 210 degrees and bake until crisp and brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper before serving. 

Abbie May
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