Cooping up

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Today we got rained out, again. It’s just been that kind of week. If you missed my usual Sunday post, well, my face was swelled up like a pumpkin (not tasty, I assure you–no spice, no latte), leaving me in no shape–hah–to write a blog post or do anything useful at all. Despite a somewhat untoward weekend, lots of rain, and the usual shenanigans, we’ve got a lot done.

The chicks are now moved into their outdoor coop–a chicken tractor dug into a trench with rocks around it for mongoose-proofing–leaving us with a little more space on our porch! They seem to be very happy with their new abode, even if they haven’t yet figured out the whole concept of sleeping upstairs, playing downstairs. I get to be a good chicken-mother and put them to bed at night. Oh, and we think that one of the “pullets” is rather…um…not a pullet. “She” has rather longer tail feathers and a singularly “cocky” attitude…

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I came across two really tasty recipes last week, so I must decide which to share with you all! One is a pasta dish, with a sauce of avocado, basil, and garlic over warm pasta–you can figure that out, right? The other–since I’m baking both tomorrow and Saturday I must go into detail on the baked recipe–is a “potato pie” with onion and feta, quite lovely. Ready? It’s pretty, too.

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Savoury Potato Pie

1 medium potato, halved and sliced in 1/8″ slices

1 onion, same

1 sweet potato, same

1 egg

basil, feta (or other cheese), salt, pepper, water or milk

In a 10″ round baking dish lay the potato slices flat, in 1 or 2 layers. Then do the same with the onion. Then some basil and cheese. Then finally a layer of the sweet potato. Beat the egg, about 1 cup water or milk, salt, pepper, and some more cheese together, pour over the top. bake with foil over for 15min at 350ºF, then remove foil and bake another 15min. Enjoy hot or cold!

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Avocado-basil pasta, feta, and kimchi for lunch!

Of course there’s been progress on the Nid as well. Somehow, inbetween my days at Cruzan Gardens and my days baking, I still manage to find time to work on my house! Did I mention potting up my garden plants, hunting for a new tenant for the cottage, clearing ever-encroaching vines from all the trees, and trying to have a social life? Hah, I say. The rain has done a number on my progress on the loft roof, but I did manage to lay the first (tiny) section of floor! I’d made a good deal of progress on the loft roof last week, but still have yet to seriously tackle the main ceiling…all in good time. The steady but slow progress starts to become a little disheartening as the months roll by, but hopefully I am nearing the end of this chapter, and soon will be living in the Nid, glad to have a place to call my own.

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Kitchen wall!
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Glorious shower.
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Getting there on the loft.

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Test patch of floor!

On Sunday we’ll be welcoming a new WWOOFer into the family, always an exciting event! Julie will still be here for a couple of weeks to “train in” our new volunteer, and we hope to get a lot done while we have extra hands! It’s always fun to have new eyes to see the projects through, and fresh enthusiasm to fuel our work.

With that, my loyal readers, I must be off to make bread for tomorrow’s baking! I will also be baking this Saturday, so if you’d like to order anything please email me by noon on Friday. Cheers!

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  1. Slow?????!!!!! I think the bid has gone up in a flash!!!!! Pasta and pies sound very tasty…I’m sure to try the potato and avocado pasta…Yummmm! Friends have shipped me both mangoes and avocados from Florida since I’ve been up here, thank heavens!!!! The last, sort of ponderosa avocados were divine!!!!..I wish I were renting the cottage for six months! Not sure when I will be leaving here…Mid-December then back to keep an eye on an au pair as yet unhired…Best to you ALL!!!! rather YA’LL or Y’ALL…oh dear, I don’t know anymore!!!! Shame on Southern me!!!!

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