A Life in the Making

  • Using a SCOBY Hotel for Kombucha

    The last two days have felt like spring.  The sun is out and the temps are almost in the double digits.  To say that I am delighted is an understatement.  Being able to do chores without 3 additional layers and in the daylight is an absolute joy. Spring cleaning has started here as well. We've d...
  • Sourdough Pancakes

    I read about these pancakes in a book. While I can’t remember the title, author, or even what the book was about, the memory of a barely outlined recipe made in a cold cabin by an Alaskan Homesteader stuck with me long after I finished the story (you’d think that the Alaskan Homesteader bit woul...
  • Porridge Cake

    I put this in Instagram Stories the other day, but as we've made it a few more times since I've tweaked it a bit. This is what we are calling a porridge cake...sort of a cross between baked oatmeal and a cakey cake. It's stodgy and warm. Delicious served hot with butter or cold and on the move. I...
  • January Makealong: Castille Soap

    Every month, in our Farm School, we focus on a new skill or topic. January is all about natural cleaning. This weekend, we are making castille soap on Instagram and Facebook Stories. A good castile soap is a powerhouse of natural cleaning. Traditionally made just out of olive oil, it can come i...
  • Rehydrating a Dried Starter

    Maybe you bought one of our kits or maybe you dehydrated a starter yourself or maybe you find yourself in possession of a crumbled off white mass proclaiming to be wild yeast…how then do you get from that to this?When you dehydrate a starter, all of the water is removed and the yeast and bacteri...
  • Einkorn and Apple Coffee Cake

    In the last few months, I have become a bit of a flour hoarder. I think that some of the reasoning certainly has to do with the still fresh memories of empty flour shelves in the supermarkets, but also I am sort of a sucker for a new addition to our bread. I love a loaf of sourdough with 200g of...
  • Bath bombs and salts

    Our Permaculture Consultant, Lauren Lochrie is here again to guide us through making some relaxing products to add to your bath.I found this bath bomb recipe online several years ago and never looked back (mostly as the more I researched the more complicated it seemed!) – I didn’t realise how oft...
  • Let's talk PPE - for beekeeping!

    An excerpt from our new Intro to Beekeeping online course, introducing you to my fellow instructor, Jim Riach, and an insight into the PPE needed to keep bees.PPE and Beekeeping ToolsGetting stung is one of the biggest worries of any new beekeeper.  Even a few years in, I still worry about being ...