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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Jam session No1

The latest musical additon to our family was this fantastic drum kit, something that Matt has dreamed about for years. Reuben recently become interested in learning to play which again sparked Matts interest and so together they made it possible. A tap tap room was created and now hours of fun happens every week.

Last weekend Trent and Wilko called out for a Jam session in the shed. Look out Nashville!!!!! 
Matt - Farmer come drummer
Trent - Hardware salesman come guitarest/singer
Wilko - Art Teacher come guitarest/singer

Wilko on the base and vocals, Trent on acoustic and vocals and Matt on the drums. Reub even had a little turn (not on the drums)

We warned the neighbours that the noise level might be worse than the usual. The afternoon was heaps entertaining.

and it won't be the last.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Philip Island Trip

The Crew
There is nothing like a trip to Philip Island. A great way to take time out with Family and friends. Aways something for everyone to do. Take our lot for example last weekend Matt decided to organise a trip, so he, Arch, David and Simon took out the kids, Martyn, Isaac, Reuben, Heidi, James, Hannah, Holly, Ethan and Lucian. Nine Letl Salan!!!

rock pool swimming

They had a ball, Exploring up the top and sliding in the sand,  Jumping in the "stool", swimming in the rock pools.

one crab

Crab hunting, Fishen, en gwen f hihi es always guudun.

Fishen orf a rocks

Playing cards roun a table, eaten a sweet wetls, sour milk bread that Gramps made was the first to go, then the 10 packet of tim tam en a chocolate he buy. "Car beat et".

The Deck

Relaxing "parken up" on the new deck dem reckon was unreal. Wal done to everybody who tek part een getting dar done. Looks great, what a fantastic idea and improvement to the Philip Island hut.

Car wait f go out gen!!!!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Restoration of Merval Hoare's old piano

Eliza Elaine
The finished product
 Late last year we purchased Merval Hoare's old honky tonk piano. Dad (Archie) got busy and stripped it down to next to nothing, freed up all the keys, hingeing mechanisms ect. We had some new timber mouldings made @ JCB cabinets and fitted to the front of the piano. Dad restained it and then french polished it with shilac. It all came back together at the same time that Tony Lette the piano tuner was here on Norfolk. He tuned it up and was really impressed with the restoration.  Our beautiful Honky tonk piano was then ready to move into the house. As you can see it was a musical process stopping along the ways to have a play here and there.

The tune"Take Me back to Norfolk Island" played by "Gramps" Archie Bigg.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Make Hay

Wise words "Make hay while the sun shines" as a good friend of our says, It is the same idea as "store vegetables while they are in season", even though you may be eating your fill on cauliflower and broccoli now, you will miss them in the warm summer months when they are harder to grow.

Brocolli and Cauliflower are in full flight right now so if you would like extra for storing/blanching or souping just ask and a good deal will be given.
We would rather see this beautiful produce be put to use than ploughed in.
Enjoy, be creative and live well
thank you for supporting our local industry.
Have some fun!!
Submit your ideas and recipes using this month’s fresh ingredients to so we can share your fresh food ideas with others.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Spring Time Slow Roasted Vegies

Wow got to love Springtime. The garden is just full of nutritious surprises. Whilst wandering round to see what we would send to the Saturday Farmers Market, this is what we have come up with.

Freshly dug Desiree Taties, Parsnips, Sweet corn, Snow peas, Carrots, Vine ripened Tomatoes, Rhubarb, Bananas, Beetroot, Silverbeet, English spinach, Beans (green and butter), Watercress, Rocket, Lettuce, Broccolli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Celery, Spring Onions, Zuchini, Salad Mix, Free Range Eggs,

This week we have decided to do a special on the
Free Range Eggs to encourage everyone to dig out their favourite baking recipes. Bulk trays (2.5 dozen) $12.50.

Recipe idea: Slow roasted vegies

basically you can use any roasting vege. Instead of peeling them, leave the skins on to keep in the flavour and nutrition and just gently scrub.
Potatoe cut into chunks
parsnip cut into chunks
carrots cut into chunks
onion quartered
whole small tomatoes
whole garlic cloves

slow roast until cooked through and then drizzles with a little balsamic vinegar and cook for a further 5 minutes. Yum!!!

All produce is biologically farmed (organic) and available from the Bigg Fresh Market truck on Saturdays and Rustys Butcher shop all week.

see you soon

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bigg Fresh Free Range Eggs

Chooks, chooks and more chooks.

Chooks have always been part of our family. Anything from, porcelain to nicknames!

Large porcelain chooks from around the world sit at the fireplace hearth at Grandma and Grandpa's place. Nanny, to some of us, is affectionately known as "Chook". Then of course there are the "girls" who live in luxury, feed off all the spelt vege patches and lay the beautiful golden yolk eggs.

With the help of our good friend Jodie @ Studio Monarch we came with up this logo and catchy little phrase, which is very much in the keeping of the local Norfolk humour.
"yu el beat et fe cook, yu car beat fe taste" which translated means "you can beat them for cooking but you can't beat them for taste."

The "girls" are in full production now and the eggs are available to buy weekdays at Rusty's Butcher Shop and Saturdays at the local Growers Market from the Bigg Fresh Truck.

We welcome you to recycle the clean blue cartons either at rustys or the market.

heres something to keep you smiling!!!!!
Question: What happens when you tell an egg a joke?
Answer: It cracks up!

Question: What do you call a egg who’s done lots of things?
Answer: An egg who has a lot of eggsperience.

Question: If fruit comes from a fruit tree what kind of tree does and chicken come from?
Answer: A Poul-tree!


Spinach Pie

1 pkt english spinach sticks removed and leaves shredded
30g Butter
1 onion finely chopped
125g (4oz) ricotta cheese
125g (4oz) feta cheese crumbled
60g tasty cheese grated
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated (optional)
4 eggs (Bigg Fresh Free Range of course)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
freshly ground black pepper
8 sheets filo pastry
3 tablespoons olive oil

1. Steam spinach until tender. drain and cool completely, then squeeze out excess liquid. Chop finely and place in bowl.
2. Melt butter in frypan and cook onion 4-5 minutes or until golden, Combine onion, spinach, ricotta, feta, tasty and parmesan cheeses. Mix together eggs, nutmeg and pepper then fold through spinach mixture.
3. Layer 4 sheets of pastry together, brushing between each sheet with oil. Line a deep lightly greased oven proof dish with pastry layer, spoon in spinach filling top with remaining pastry layer sheets and gently folk the edges of pastry together. Brush top with oil and bake at 200oC for 40-45 minutes or until golden and crisp.
(for the non vegetarian, bacon in this recipe is great. Cook it with the onion)