goats ate everything else
October 26, 2011, 7:39 am
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It’s been a really busy fall. Lots of meetings and stress! Anyhow during one busy week we drove in the drive and saw an amazing sight. The two happiest looking goats you ever saw. They were smiling I swear. And they both immediately peed (little dudes often pee when seeing us–they’re so excited??). And upon second glance–they were square. The goats were SO fat they were as wide as they were tall. It was nuts. The next minute our tired brains processed the fact that the goats were not where they should be. They were not in their paddock, but they were instead in the meadow. The meadow with only three fenced sides–that opens to the woods.

WHAAAT???!!!! The goats were out. AND they’d been out all day. Sheesh. Happily they didn’t run away. Sadly, they’d had over 8 hours possibly to roam the yard and eat anything they wanted!! UGH. A tour around the yard revealed their path.
Blackberries through the fence–check. Lilac–check. Dogwood–check. Hakone grass–check. Blue star amsonia-check. Strawberries-check. Anemone–check, check. Boo hoo, I’m getting really sad at this point. I’ve been nursing anemones for a couple of years and finally got some to bloom. Now they were mowed down. Silly goats.

Anyhow really glad they didn’t take off–they clearly had the time of their lives!! So that’s good. And they didn’t get sick. Also good. Keep those feed room doors closed people!


quinoa veggie burger
October 25, 2011, 4:35 pm
Filed under: quinoa, recipe, zucchini

We’re always on the lookout for a good veggie burger. We have a great black bean burger (adapted from Rebar), a good white bean and walnut burger, and now….a quinoa burger??! That’s right.
It’s pretty good! Sometimes the black bean burger weighs a person down. This is a lighter burger with a fresh taste, great for condiments and –no beans!

From Chatelaine magazine

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (about 2 cups cooked)
1 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 227 g pkg cremini mushrooms, coarsely grated (1 cup)
1 cup coarsely grated zucchini
3/4 cup coarsely grated carrot
1 small shallot, minced (i just used some onion)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 egg, beaten
3 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Cook the quinoa in 2 cups water til water is absorbed (maybe use a bit less water next time). Saute veggies. Mix ingredients with quinoa. Press into burgers and fry in a pan!

quinoa loaf for thanksgiving

quinoa loaf and mushroom gravy!

We had a nice thanksgiving. As per our custom, we made a loaf. This time I cobbled a new one from assorted recipes. It was a good first effort, but a bit crumbly. Mom and dad said they liked it but I think the dude and the girl preferred the heavier cheese and lentil one.

1 cup mushrooms chopped fine
1 cup onion chopped
1 cup celery chopped
2 cups cooked red lentils
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup walnuts toasted and chopped
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
red pepper flakes.

Assemble the loaf in a parchment lined loaf pan. Bake 45 minutes at 350.

During his visit, dad got a hankering to do something fun. What constitutes fun at the Acres? Why, how about we cut down a tree?
Dad and the dude cut down the hammock tree. It was seriously rotten and had some squirrel nests in it! Those little squirrels were evicted, poor little guys.

shredded bark made a nice soft nest inside

dude and the hammock tree--unfair matchup!!