18. January 2013 · Comments Off on Rabbit harvest · Categories: Farm, Food · Tags: , , , ,

I haven’t mentioned this on the blog before, but it’s time to ‘fess up about our first venture into the keeping of meat animals.

Last spring we bought a breeding pair of rabbits.  They are of an old Swedish breed, bred for being kept outdoors in the Swedish climate, and they used to be kept both for meat and pelts.

In the summer, we got our first litter: three sweet, fuzzy little baby bunnies.  I won’t post pictures of their sweet fuzziness, because this is what became of them.

Three good family meals. We ate one for Christmas dinner.

And a batch of liver pate. This was seriously delicious. Rabbits have bizarrely large livers, in comparison to the size of the animal. Hooray for that!

I hope no-one finds this disturbing.  Yes, they are cute little bunnies.  Insanely cute.  But I think chickens are cute too, and no-body thinks twice about eating those.  Or lambs.  Rabbits are very well suited to small-scale self-sufficiency type farming.  In the summer they are in outdoor runs and feed themselves on grass – so they’re really cheap to keep.  If you’re only keeping your breeding pair through the winter, then they just need hay, water, and some pellets, so they’re still cheap to keep.  If we can rearrange their living quarters a bit we can bring down the daily maintenance time a lot – that’s something I have plans for this year.  In terms of converting feed & water to meat, a rabbit is 6 times more efficient than a cow.  They’re also much easier to handle – we took care of them from birth to the dinner table, handling all the slaughter etc ourselves.  It’s a great feeling of accomplishment.

I’d much rather eat a cute fuzzy little bunny that had a fun time hopping about in the grass all summer, than a factory-raised chicken that lived for 6 short weeks in a crowded barn eating unnatural food and was finally so abnormally large that standing up caused its legs to break.  Since there is only one brand of chicken here that I will buy, and it’s freaking expensive, the rabbits are our white meat source until we can get breeding some chooks.

29. October 2012 · 1 comment · Categories: Farm, Food · Tags: ,

I think that if you live in an old farmhouse, you’re allowed to prepend the word “Farmhouse” to anything you make.  That’s my rule anyway.

Last week we took delivery of a quarter of a bull from our favourite beef supplier, Rösarp Highland Cattle.  To use up some of the mincing meat, we decided to have a sausage making session on Saturday, with some friends & neighbours.  We came out with 3kg of pork sausages and 7kg of beef sausages, and sent a few more kilos of the beef ones home with friends who wanted to take a share in the bull.  Our neighbours stuffed a whopping 15kg of sausages, which we thought was ambitious for first-time sausagemakers, but they were very well prepared which made it a doddle.  Note to self: next time, do the mincing the day before!

Pork and thyme sausages

Considering we also acquired two lambs the previous weekend, the chest freezer is now groaningly full of meat.  I froze some of the sausages raw and some pre-boiled, so they are proper “fast food”.  Linus also rolled many many meatballs and patted many patties, and froze them on trays, so we also have free-flow frozen meatballs and burger patties as well.

It took me a while to remember how to make links, and in doing so I think I thoroughly confused at least one of our guests  🙂  But sometime in the evening I remembered the trick, and then I really hit my stride and was churning out beautiful links that did not go into a crazy spin and unravel themselves as soon as you let go of them.  So satisfying!

Lovely links


18. October 2012 · Comments Off on Eeeeeeeeeuuuuuuuwwwwwwww · Categories: Food · Tags: , , ,

“Sweden issues alert over dyed pork sold as beef”

When I read news like this, I’m especially glad that we are very choosy about where we buy our meat.  We buy beef directly from a small-scale farmer who keeps organic highland cattle, Rösarp Highland Cattle.  They’re hairy, happy, they are free range all year round, and they taste good too!


When dear husband said that he & his hunting mate were going to look for a lookout spot, I didn’t exactly expect it to be on the garage roof …

04. October 2012 · Comments Off on Chilli harvest · Categories: Food, Gardening · Tags: , ,


I raided the greenhouse today looking for edibles. We have had so much rain that the greenhouse is flooded, and the few remaining plants are starting to go mouldy. So I picked these padron chilis and brought them in. Previously we’ve always picked padron green, and fried them. But many have gone red due to inattention. We taste-tested a red one last week and it was lovely. I think this lot will be fried tonight as a starter, with lots of flakey salt. Yum!

12. September 2012 · Comments Off on Catching up: July roadtrip · Categories: Food, Travel · Tags: , , ,

Back in July, for our 5th wedding anniversary, we left the kids with their grandmother and took a road trip down to Copenhagen for a night.

I decided to document the trip with Retro Camera.  Since this is what all the kids seem to do these days.

First, since we had kindof a late start to the day (thanks to our wonderful kids for a very rare sleep-in), we had a quick stop at Max for a brunch-time burger.

First stop: Max


Onwards to Helsingborg, and then on to the ferry!

On the ferry


After parking up and checking in, we went out searching for more sustenance.  At Green Sushi we stopped for sashimi.

Afternoon snack


In the harbour there was a sandcastle competition going on.

Sandcastle competition


We strolled around enjoying the lovely weather.  Here’s an obligatory shot of Nyhavn.



On to our anniversary meal … big, fat, juicy organic steaks at Gourmandiet.  Oh yeah.  Oh yeah, baby.  If you like meat, and you like it cooked the way you ask for it, and you are a crazy hippy who eats organic things, and you’re going to Copenhagen, then GO EAT THERE.

Fantastic meal at Gourmandiet


The next morning we did a little shopping before heading up the coastal road back to the ferry.  Of course we got hungry along the way, and stopped at this little treasure:

Roadside restaurant on the way home


There was so much good stuff on the menu that we ordered three main courses – a steak tartare, a slab of lovely beef, and a fantastic salad with goats cheese.  All good!

Another wonderful meal on the drive home


And we ate in a booth like this one.  So cozy!  We now want a dining nook in our house.

Booth in the lovely roadside restaurant