Sunday, 27 May 2007
see... toothy gnome sitting up high...looking out for pests and intruders
plants moved in as well - there are shallots (dotted everywhere), garlic, beetroots, snowpeas, radishes, coriander and savoy cabbages... lots of mulch / shredded newpaper... mcduck reckoned it looked like a dump, but no more with the new residents...
my other veggie patch is doing well also... although there are no toothy gnome to guard the place, residents also moved in - including onions, more shallots, basils, corianders, and several caulis ooo and a garlic too...
the weeds have vacated and the 1st step of the lower terrace is looking much better... more cow poo and humus... it'll be ready in a month or two
Saturday, 26 May 2007
i have successfully made soymilk from scratch, but tofu with nigari was too hard in texture! (and bitter too) now that i have resolved the problem of the supply of "gypsum" and clarified the dangerous mislabeling of "borax" vs "gypsum", i am happy to proceed (again) with my "home-made" tofu making
here you can see my bargain tokyo-mart container with strainer ($2.50 only!), my hard-to-get-gold-dust "gypsum" and baby tofu settling after addition of gypsum... how was it done? i had 1.5-2 L of home made soymilk (made from 3L water, 400g beans)... i heated the milk to 75 degrees C, then stirred in the gypsum solution (3tbsp gyp with 100mL cold water dissolved)... once there was a teeny-tiny sign of coagulation, all stirring / touching / agitation stopped and the baby tofu let to settle for at least 10 mins...
after 10 or so mins and the baby tofu is set, with great care, i scooped it out into my bargain strainer in container lined with muslin (soup bag from chinese shop)... the curd settled and the whey (yellow liquid) drained out into the underlying big bowl... whey tasted yuk!
look at my pretty baby tofu resting in my in bargain containers!
then i had to fold them up like presents with the muslin and gladwrap ontop and weigh it down with my tinned pulses and tinned tomatoes... yeah... let the whey out!
and there it is after unwrapping - my 2 blocks of 1/2 bargain container full home-made tofu from scratch... my bargain strainer in container doubles up as a tofu container in the fridge! what a bargain!! remember to store the tofu in filtered water and change this daily...
so at the end of the day, 400g of dried soy beans which cost $1.45 ended up into 2 blocks of 1/2 tofu as well as my lovely "sweet silky tofu dessert" (one bowl only all devoured by mcduck - could only capture a pic of 1/2 bowl remaining)... the silky tofu was scooped out at the end of the 10 mins settling period and a brown sugar syrup was pour ontop (home made of course)... mcduck suggested ginger sugar syrup... may be next time...
Sunday, 20 May 2007
on show here is my low cost sprouter. this original coles cookie container is recycled packaging - thus cost me nothing.... i was contemplating purchasing the biosnacky germinator (i only saw the flat roof option for $40 odd bucks at healthy life)... i usually get sucked into buying something quite quickly, esp after reading all the pluses on their websites... but i made my own germinator instead (hoping to save a few bucks)... and to my delight - it is working! i had my first wheat sprout stirfry with carrots, tofu and sarcha sauce the other day and it was delish! (the wheatsporuts were really sweet - on the sweetness scale it was v similar to aspartame with a v sweet after taste... the nutty sprouted seeds were chewy and added a nice texture to the dish)... now it has been tried and tested (in cooking), it is in mass production (as below)
i've got wheat sprouts going with their little green tips and also 2 factories of fenugreek sprouts... i have to say, fenugreek has a pungent smell! and strong colour too... the only thing i have to do with these sprouters is to water them twice daily and let them sit on the kitchen window seal.
how to make these lovely low cost sprouter?
- collect clear plastic containers with lid (or purchase from $2 shop - more sturdy)
- drill holes (diametre approx 4-5mm) at the bottom of the containers, evenly spread, 20-30 holes
- paring container with hole with another (same size) container with no holes as the base to collect drained water
- put lid on to provide greenhouse effect - keeping seedlings warm, moist
- presoak seeds overnight b4 incubating them in sprouter, water them twice daily and drain xs water from bottom tray
- ready to harvest in about 5 days
Saturday, 19 May 2007
Monday, 14 May 2007
i guess i have started the patch abit late... should have done so late summer...
anyway... looking forward to the veggie feast in b4 xmas...
Thursday, 3 May 2007
i really look forward to the other workshops!