Monday, September 21, 2009

here are the chicks all crammed into their food dish. why??? who knows.

fresh boiled peanuts. very yummy boiled in salt water and then eaten either hot or cold.

painting the house was the activity of last week. it is white washed. the white wash is put in water and stired around and then when that has sat for several hours or even over night is good, we then add some salt to make it go on smoother........ or so they say.????

Monday, September 14, 2009

nati pictures

this is squeeky helping her self to peanuts in the bowl. they were raw and not roasted yet. she would pick one up and take it to the floor and then eat it. go back in and take one and put it on the floor and eat it. finally i chased her and told her she was going to be sick eating all the raw peanuts.

this is my new skylight. it is wonderful.. ya it heats up the house some but the light over rules the heat. !

this is me doing email in the yard because there isnt a connection in the house.

here is tofu made locally here .. it is yumy and hard like cheese. we usually fry it with seasoning and multitudes of other ways.

Monday, September 7, 2009

peanut butter---- flour

This is what happens to peanut butter when you roast the peanuts too long before you grind them. It turns into flour. And is very tasty I might add. Now how do the stores who have fresh ground peanut butter do it so the peanut butter still comes out creamy and not peanut flour?

new waffle iron

This is one of the new fangled things I found on the market for 2 dollars. An on-the- stove waffle maker. Been wanting one but didn’t want to pay a lot and didn’t really want an electric one either. So here it is it works well over my gas stove.

fruit of the season

The fruit of the season is…. Custard apple (or shopshop). This kind that we have in our yard is very very sweet and full of seeds. It isn’t a fruit to keep or even sell. You can’t keep it at all outside of a fridge for more then one day. After each rain storm they split on the tree and we have to climb up and pick all that have split. And the other fruit that is ready in my house is passion fruit. Which is not giving anywhere enough fruit for our eating pleasure. It is quite a sour fruit and full of soft black seeds. But has an addicting flavor. I guess you either like or not. But no it isn’t like durien or something nasty tasting but it is yummy. And doesn’t taste anything like what the juice says it does.

The food of the season.. the new ingnams have come out and we are enjoying them almost every day as fried ingnam, or boiled eaten with some onions and tomatoes fried in lots of oil, or cooked down and mixed with red palm oil and seasoning salt, onions, some tomatoes and the such. There is also ingnam pilé where the yams are cooked and them pounded into a pulp and eaten with hot tomato peanut sauce.
There are fresh peanuts. They are boiled in salt water and eaten, cooked in their shells. This is one of the favorite foods of the season for me. It takes a while to eat your fill but it yummy. They are sold all over town right now as a snack food.
There is steamed or grilled corn on the cob. Mind you this is field corn and not sweet corn. As you can see we eat healthy snacks here in the north.

Chicks and chicks. I have stolen the chicks from their mother who is still sitting on 3 eggs which I don’t know if they are going to hatch or not. (I took them this morning) I candled them but they were black inside and I couldn’t tell if there was something in them or not. One hatched when after that so we will see. Pretty soon I will free her and just put the eggs in with the chicks to see if they will hatch in there. There are 13 chicks in a plastic tub in my room with screen on top to protect them from my vicious cats. Why am I doing that? Because there is sickness in my cages. My last chicks all died . It is real chicken pox … the one for chickens. And some of them get pox. So by keeping the chicks separated I hope to save their life and let this virus run its course. And now I am just colleting all the eggs and we will eat them. All the other chickens that are outside and alive had the sickness and lived so I guess they are “immune” to it now.. I hope.
The veterinarian gave me med for them but I can’t say it really worked. It is a mixture of several different antibiotics and vitamins. I need to see how I am going to spray all the cages and the such with bleach and try and kill off the virus… but not sure how good that will work spraying on dirt and grass. I am hoping that if it doesn’t have anything to live in, that it will die off.
So here they are all born last week some several days apart from the others. They are from several different mothers. I think that all my hens were laying in the same nest. And the mother the most used to keeping chicks decided that 20 eggs were enough to sit on and she started sitting on them. And she is still there. Poor thing .. will take the last 3 out soon so she can leave. She doesn’t remember that she has chicks yet.. because I took them when they were still damp and or still in the egg coming out. She pecks me every time but I just talk to her and lift up her tummy and look under her and then put her back down and off I go with a couple of chicks in my hand or shirt. Much easier for her to sit on the eggs then for me to try and keep them warm.