Flora Eerschay

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I think, if there is a high quality meat (and organs) involved, the rest can be quite simple. Growing it also may be simpler than growing veggies, most of which are high maintenance crops.

Gray Henon wrote:While studying indigenous cultures, I’ve noticed several that survive on very simple diets, perhaps 3-4 staple foods.

I find this hard to believe. Maybe in very harsh environments, but considering the indigenous knowledge of various plants and animals, which surpasses the knowledge of average "civilized" people, I think they would eat more diverse foods than "us". When a friend of mine moved to the countryside years ago, she said that if she wants to know the name of any roadside plant, she just needs to ask a local child.

My simplification is more in the way I cook it. Often I don't have the time to serve something fancy so it's just broth, in which I throw whatever grew in my garden ;) plus ingredients I buy from local farmers.
4 days ago

Burra Maluca wrote:You want picturesque, how about this sight awaiting you when you arrive?

Haha I'm in! There's no way back :D
I love these stone houses too.
She's @PortugalfromScratch on Youtube. Her project is quite permaculture so she might know Permies too?
I don't know how far you are from her place but Portugal isn't huge anyway... so, I must go land hunting asap ;)

She inspired me to work more with stones, which I'm now putting around my garden pond, glueing them with mud. Next step will be something waterproof so I can raise the pond walls that way.

I heard goats are evil, will eat everything and no fence can contain them :D but friends have goats and they say that it's actually hard to convince them to go out of their enclosure, they barely need any fencing. "It's the how", I guess...

3 weeks ago
What a picturesque story! I'm following another person who moved to Portugal and is sharing her adventures on the internets and I'm now convinced that Portugal is one of the proper locations for me to become a crazy goat lady. Goat milk is my favourite too, although I also like sheep milk.
3 weeks ago
Was she still able to handle the added workload, or was it too overwhelming for her now?
3 weeks ago
Oh wow, you got a nice big polytunnel!
I'm seriously contemplating one too... my neighbours have two already. They made their newer one more pretty with some wooden frames. The plastic doesn't look pretty but it seems more practical... and definitely cheaper than other solutions.
It also gives you some privacy in a dense neighbourhood and a storage space for when you're not growing anything...
I would put a compost bin in mine to heat it, and maybe use it for quail too... and because of that I'm thinking of putting a mesh flat on the ground, and maybe on the floor around the tunnel too. To keep mice, rats and dogs out (we have one dog who is a digger...).
What I don't like about it is that you just have to water it... I'm not a fan of watering plants daily ;) so I wonder if people collect rainwater from polytunnels somehow, and maybe have it redirected inside or collect it in a barrel next to the tunnel?
1 month ago
Cool picture I took yesterday with a calculator, aka my phone! See the little tongue?? That's a tongue, right?
1 month ago
I'm sorry to hear that. A friend is going through cancer too. I'm glad you found something that works and isn't too unpleasant... hopefully.

And I've had to learn about a hundred times more about self-care than I ever wanted to learn.

That sucks. You learn about things you probably didn't want to learn about, even if they're good habits and stuff.
Some advice sounds crazy!
And people do crazy things when they hear about cancer.
Good luck.

Shannon Hickman wrote:I’m brainstorming ways to set up a mobile chick flock to follow behind rotational grazing cattle.

Maybe a Canaan Dog would be good for this? I don't know if they are being used as livestock dogs outside of their homeland, but they did guard cattle there. There is a book about these dogs written by Myrna Shiboleth, a breeder dedicated to preservation of this breed.
1 month ago
Ai feels super creepy to me, but it is good at rendering smooth textures. Which makes it even more creepy sometimes...
What I like about it is that people stopped stealing images from real artists and went to use ai instead. Which was feeding on real artists...
2 months ago
Interesting, what you write about the "grill taste"... I'm guessing it might be a promise of a deeper flavour in your resulting dish, rather than something dull and tasteless (which broth can be).
If you're getting back to meat for health reasons, I recommend a book by dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, "Gut and Physiology Syndrome". It's about healing different physical and mental health issues with proper diet. She basically starts with broth, and then gradually introduces other foods. There is a ton of recipes, from the easiest to digest to more diverse. Also a lot of advice about how to introduce new stuff.

As for the aesthetic reasons, if anything puts me off these days, it's meat that does not look like meat; makes me think of highly processed foods. I like when my food is somehow a proof that the animal was happy and healthy ;) and that it was alive not so long ago. Same for veggies and fruits!
Which brings me to my favourite comfort food: the steak tartare. It's minced beef served with chopped onions, raw egg yolk, pickles and spices. It's basically raw meat so only an option if the meat is from reputable source, tested for any possible parasites. Definitely easy to eat, as the meat is very soft if properly prepared.
There is also salmon tartare, often found in sushi bars. I haven't tried it yet.
2 months ago