Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Roasted Tomato 'Gravy'

Last night I got some steaks marked down really cheap....and as we don't have steak very often....I thought I would make a nice sauce to go with it....Still having tomatoes left over from when I got the green tomatoes at the market...I decided it was a perfect opportunity to use some more up....Yep even after making this I still have some.
Anyway; I cut the tiny tomatoes in half and placed them on a greased baking tray...with that I added chopped and bruised cloves of garlic, and some sliced red onion....Oh and I also had a small piece of pumpkin left over too...so that went in as well. Sprinkled with salt, and olive oil...and dried herbs from the garden....

Don't leave them in the oven this long though...but it didn't spoil the taste.

Then I ran the whole lot through the Moulix......

 This is what I got....
Wanting it to go further...I made a roux on the stove with equal parts of flour and butter, cooked that then added the tomato mix...and stirred until thickened. Oh so yummy ....over the steak....Even the boys said it was a good errr 'tomato gravy'....lol

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