Here chick chick chick!

Catching snowflakes. No. That’s not a chicken but is so cute I just had to put it in!

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I often struggle with making our meals from scratch. It’s a lot of work and sometimes, I admit, I just get lazy. But when I do make the effort it is so worth it.

Tonight we had BBQ chicken on homemade buns with coleslaw and milk to drink. It involved a lot just for one meal and we really are far from providing everything ourselves.

First, see the title of this post. It involves raising, catching, butchering (see yesterdays post) and cooking the chicken.  Into the crock pot with a little water and cook for about 4 hours.

I mixed up the bread dough and baked the buns but I didn’t grow the wheat (we will be giving a small patch a try this year) or the yeast. I also don’t have bees to provide the honey. Yet. Our farm did provide the milk, eggs and butter.

So now we have chicken and bread. Many things went into the BBQ sauce – none of which our farm provided. Tomato paste and ketchup, which we should be able to provide, mustard, liquid smoke, worcestershire sauce, honey and cayenne pepper.

Maybe next year it will be my cabbage and carrots for the slaw. The dressing starts off by making mayo. I have the eggs but I don’t have olive trees for the oil. Anybody know of a substitute for it to make mayo? I somehow doubt that lard would do the job.  :)  I need to do my own vinegar but haven’t yet. Vinegar is not supposed to be difficult to make. Mix, mix, mix till your arm falls off and you have mayo!  :)  I did a post on mayo in March of last year. Add some raw sugar, a pinch of salt and mix some more and you have a delicious dressing.

Hum. Let’s see. Grate the cabbage and carrots and add dressing. Oh. And don’t forget milking that cow for the wonderful milk she provides for our family!

Hours later…delicious. And well worth the effort. (Somehow we forgot that glass of milk in the picture!)

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We really would like to provide as much for ourselves as we can and I know we can do much better than we are at this time but there will always be needs we can’t meet. And that’s ok. Community is important. I pray that as we settle in at our new place over the next year or so that we’ll find like-minded people to share what we’re learning with and to learn from. It’s sort of hard to meet people when you only get down off of the hill once a month!

Now to figure out what to do with the other 15 or so roosters we still need to butcher!  :D

And Bob, I don’t know that the kids could be convinced it was rattlesnake. Although they’d probably try it if it actually was.  :)

God bless and have a fantastic week-end.

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8 thoughts on “Here chick chick chick!

  1. well for starters yum yum the BBQ chicken was to almost die for the slaw was awesome the milk yumo very satisfied husband :D

  2. A great summary of the full meal deal on what kind of labour and time is involved in creating the food we wolf down so quickly. Even though we raise and eat our own chickens, as you do, I seldom think of counting the cost of time, labour, feed,etc of their raising and butchering in my accounting for a meal. Coleslaw – I make it often this time of year, since both cabbage and carrots store well in our cold room, but I don’t use mayo – we do a vinaigrette instead – still the issue with the oil, though.

  3. I have yet to do well growing cabbage but I’ll get it one of these days. I’m nothing if not determined! I actually could get by with lard using my best stuff and making a wilted style dressing but that’s not usually what I want with slaw. Not to mention that just wouldn’t work to make mayo (which I won’t buy from the store.) Walnuts, sunflowers…I’d rather eat them and I bet it would take a bunch to get any oil.

  4. bob says:

    I have found the social aspect of being isolated has it’s pluses and minuses. We have a nice little church 45 minutes away we attend and all of our friends live just outside Spokane, a three hour drive. Around here unless your 4th generation on the same hill your an outsider but we are starting to make some new friends. How close is your nearest neighbor ?

    • Nearest neighbor is about 1/2 mile away. There are also neighbors 2 miles down the hill but I just don’t get off the hill much. Maybe that will change some when we’re done with school for the year. Michael knows a few more people as he goes after mail (over 3 miles away) and makes feed runs. Mostly I don’t mind the isolation.

  5. katmando1955 says:

    You can have neighbors right next door and still be isolated.Thanks for sharing everything it takes to put a good meal on the table. Very informative!

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