Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hopes for Spring

Yesterday I was able to can four kilos of chicken in two batches.  I'm still using the small pressure canner and really enjoy it - it works like a charm!

The sun was able to bring up the temperature outside to just above freezing.  Kenny and I also found the time to walk the five kilometers up to the mailboxes (no mail for us though).  It's a nice walk; we get to talk quite a bit about physics and video games, our two favourite subjects it seems.

The other big event was that I was able to make my own version of nasi goreng exclusively in our rice cooker.  First I did about two hundred grammes of salmon in the steamer portion, then I scrambled two eggs in the bottom.  Next up I put in the rice, and drained the water from a can of mixed veggies, as well as the leftover water from the salmon poaching, into the rice, which was almost enough to cook it.

When the steamer clicked off, I added the fish, eggs, and veggies to the rice, and stirred it all up with some sesame oil, lime juice, lemon juice, sweet chili sauce, soy sauce and worcestershire sauce.  It was awesome at supper on tortillas with a healthy smear of peanut butter.

Anyway, enough of my recipe; the key takeaway (in case you're not looking up at the calendar) is that the cabin was so warm from the sun and the canning and the cooking, that I didn't bother lighting the stove fire last night - and no one noticed!

Gives me some hope that my dwindling wood supply will last.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Youtube Channel

I pretty much laughed off the anonymous comment on my making money post about starting a Youtube channel for the blog, but then during the night last night as I lay awake thinking of ways to organize my life, it occurred to me that yes, maybe I SHOULD try to combine all my videos related to the homestead in one place, different from where I put my more personal content.

So this morning I created the Aikihomestead Youtube Channel.  I'll try to upload video content related to what we're doing and experiencing here on as regular basis as I can.

I'll try to upload some of the videos that I've already cross-referenced on this blog first, although if I come across anything of interest in the meantime, I'll be sure to upload that too.

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