Monday, 20 November 2017

From land to table


We are having the most amazing Spring. My days are spent outside in the garden as much as possible. I've nearly run out of garden space to plant vegetables....
Sunday was the first real harvest - enough for a meal



I had a play with Iphone to make a movie - thank you Abbey for helping me.

Lamb chops from the freezer that were  off our land. Herbs parsley and rosemary were also picked. Butter and garlic from the shops. MMM maybe I need a cow then I could make butter.

Pudding was strawberries from my garden and some dairy free Ice Cream.
The Ice Cream is New Zealand made called Kohu Road and is dairy free. Ingredients: Coconut cream (52%), strawberries (22%), soluble fibre, sugar, egg yolk (pasteurised), glucose, monk fruit juice concentrate powder, salt. At $11.00 a container it is a treat food that we can have occasionally and tasted like ice cream
We are still reintroducing foods using AIP (autoimmune paleo) - it is so good to tolerate butter! (we tried cheese the other day and still a no). The elimination - reintroduction diet has been so worth it and the healing has been remarkable. 

I love the dinners that are made off our land and as organic and  freshly picked oh it tasted soo good.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Another Trip Around the Sun

 If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen this photo of the Purebread order we had delivered. Wheat free and gluten free bread. Locally made and I highly recommend for Paleo folk. It does have yeast so not suitable for everyone.

 It was Brent's birthday yesterday and Abbey did a lot of yummy meals for him. Using Purebread bread she made French toast using eggs and homemade almond milk. Caramelized bananas and nitrate free bacon
 For tea it was homemade hamburgers using Purebread hamburger buns. Everything is cooked from scratch including the meat patties which she baked in the oven. Such a novel way of cooking them as without flour meat patties crumble - but not if cooked in the oven.
A good old kiwi homemade hamburger is something we have all missed. So it went down as a real treat.

 Annabel Langbein's Speedy Mayo is a hit - using only eggs, olive oil, mustard, salt n pepper and lemon juice. See the tomato! Also a treat, going nightshade free as many AIP (autoimmune paleo) folks need to, was also a treat and first time reintroducing into the diet.

For dessert she made her dad a chocolate gluten free, wheat free brownie served with strawberries and coconut yoghurt. If you are wanting her recipes I suggest you start following Abbey on Instagram and her You Tube Channel . I might have done the study to help her on her wellness journey but she is the one that has embraced it and totally committed to changing her diet and lifestyle. She has adapted to the food journey and has been making new recipes up for our family's diet requirements. she needs to write a book of her journey as well as a cookbook.


Brent had a lovely birthday - he took the day off work and enjoyed being with us girls. Louie and his truck.


Monday, 30 October 2017

Our Weekend

I seem to be managing one blog post a week by grabbing my camera and snapping what we have been doing over the weekend.

I've been pretty good at posting a photo a day on Instagram and taking a one second video every day.

But as for blogging I just can't seem to think of things to share.

I have been playing with ideas of what I'm going to do when my gap year is up and I will be opening up a business relating to naturopathy and herbalism. 

I've really enjoyed having this time off.
How wonderful if everyone could have a gap year in their life.

I did need it as went straight from over 16 years of  homeschooling into study. Many of my friends who homeschooled had a break before they went onto their next life stage journey.


My local library ordered me in Dr Libby's new book - What am I Supposed to Eat. I do like the sensible advice Dr Libby gives and especially found myself nodding along at page 257,

  Said Who? - Where does your advice come from?
.."My concerns, however, lie in nutrition-related information being touted as the be-all-and-end-all for all people, especially when it comes from sources who have no training, beyond what they believe; beyond what they do"

..."There are many health related blogs out there and they tend to typically focus on improving physical and sometimes mental health. Posts often share what the blogger does themselves, offering insights into their lives as well as dietary and exercise routines. Many include advice about how to eat, what exercise to do and self-esteem. They are well-intentioned and often the blogger cares very much about the welfare of others...."

This chapter really struck a chord and why I've been reluctant to share our family's journey back to health. As many long term readers of the blog know I went and studied natural healing as there was nothing the medical world could do. Lots of study and rabbit trails and not just one thing has helped. Instead a lot of different modalities have - but especially food and herbs.

I'm not a big fan of supplements, however there is a time and place for them but I typically only use practitioner only supplements that are synthetic free and have no fillers.

I've a new interest from my studies where I body read people I meet, I can't help it. The kids say I'm becoming like Doc Martin. I nearly actually did the other day in a social setting where a lady was sharing her health concerns - I wanted to ask her if I could have a look at her tongue. Thankfully I stopped myself spurting it out - but I really did want to read her tongue!

Maybe if you are interested in what approach I'd take for your particular illness and how I would read your body to look for root causes. Hay if you are interested flick me an email cottagetails (at) xtra (dot) co (dot) nz. With a brief outline I could write a blog post (annon of course) of what sort of questions I'd ask you, what areas of the iris I'd look for (iridology), body reading I'd want to do, diet and herbal avenues I'd possibly approach.

This might just spur on blogging again for me...



Ok back to my weekend blog posting....
I'm loving the lilacs the house smells wonderful. Just wish it was lilac season, like forever!






Paradise ducks are bringing their ducklings to visit. - SOO CUTE

The boys spent the weekend harvesting pine trees - seems so weird having to have thoughts of winter when it is spring. But a good job done. We really are on a mission to remove all pine trees and replace with natives.

 The Farm Stay Guests did not give a toss re the noise - Beau sat and watched and talked away to me as I picked up the pine cones.
Gus and Geraldine watched from the pond. But the heron that visits was most upset he could not land.

Linking up with Pumpkin Sunrise 's Weekends

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