Mulberries

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I don’t think there’s anything that gives a feeling of abundance more than fruit trees.  To watch the tree first awaken in early spring, the incomparable colour of soft green buds, and then the fragile pastel flowers bursting into life, covering the tree in the archetypal colours of springtime.  We moved onto this rental property in winter, when the trees stood bare and skeleton-like in the frosted landscape.  We had no idea of what would happen to these trees in springtime.  Now that it’s summer and they’re in fruit, it feels like such a blessing to have seen this unfold over the seasons, it makes me wish I had planted fruit trees at the houses we’d rented in the past, for other people to be able to appreciate in this way after we’d gone.

This mulberry tree had a different way of coming to life than the other fruit trees around here.  When the other trees were covered in blossoms, the mulberry tree was still leafless, very late in spring we noticed some leaves forming, and then soon after, the berries appearing.  We watched as they grew and changed colour, beginning to eat the very first ones that we thought were ripe enough.  Now as the leafy canopy protects us from the harsh summer sun, we pick them at their blackest, when they are at their height of sweetness and juice.

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Mulberries are full of ripe fruit for several months of the year.  They’re a good tree to have wherever chickens are roaming, because they will constantly drop delicious and nourishing fruit on the ground for chooks to eat.  They’re a good tree to have around children, as they provide both low hanging fruit, and branches at a decent height for climbing, to reach higher fruit.

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The leaves from the mulberry tree are good to have for larger livestock, the leaves are a natural way to rid animals of worms, and you can either bring a few leaves to the paddock for the animals to eat, or plant trees around the place for the animals to harvest themselves.

Mulberries will also grow from cuttings.  I haven’t tried this myself but plan on taking some before we move.  Linda Woodrow recommends using water with willows steeped in it, to help the cuttings grow roots.

Here are some of my mulberry recipes:

Mulberry Crumble

Mulberry Honey Jam

Mulberries with Créme Fraiche, Honey, and Paleo Granola: Put mulberries in a bowl, top with around half this amount of créme fraîche, drizzle with a teaspoon or two of raw honey and sprinkle with a tablespoon or two of paleo granola or chopped nuts.

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A Chemical-Free Milk Bucket Sterilisation Routine

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Geraldine’s milk

Raw milk is an important food to my family, so much so that we don’t mind buying all of our goats’ feed in while living in suburban sized blocks with no grazing land. To make the most of this precious milk, and to make sure that there’s no chance of us getting sick, I am careful about having a milking routine that minimises the chances of the milk getting contaminated.

This is what I do:
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A Beginning

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I find my enthusiasm for nourishing, tasty and sustainable food hard to contain sometimes, so this is where I’ll write about it.

Sometimes with food it feels as though everything is new to me. I went vegan at a young age, and when I woke up from that unnatural way of living I had to teach myself how to cook meat, dairy and eggs at an age where I really should have known how to already. I’d never whipped cream or egg whites, and now it’s all too exciting being able to make this stuff with nothing but a whisk and a bowl, when so many people just buy it in spray cans full of dodgy sounding unpronounceable ingredients. Same goes with stock/broth, I’d only used these little msg-laden cubes of stuff called stock, and now I can put some bones leftover from a roast lunch in a pot with some water, leave it simmering for a few hours, and be rewarded with the most delicious base for a soup, or a drink in its own right. It all fits together so well, that we can easily make these delicious creations that are brimming with nutrition, often from things which are considered waste products in the modern world. No matter how much msg or xanthan gum are thrown into a supermarket package in an attempt imitate our traditional foods, real food made from healthy animals will always be superior in every way.

Maybe other people are in the same boat that I am, learning how to cook real food for the first time. I’ll be posting up lots of recipes, as well as posting plenty of other useful stuff on here. The internet sometimes looks like a giant cesspool full of advertising and clickbait promises that always disappoint, all the while filling my sense of aesthetics with rage, and I want to provide an alternative to this.

I’ll start with some recipes.

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