Time to update this (again)! So, here goes:
Hello, folks! I like to write, to cook, to play with cameras. I am now much deeper into the homesteading/small-scale farming life than when this blog first started. I live on land tucked into the Hilltowns of western Massachusetts. Land chosen because the land itself sang to me, and because there are friends regionally, and because there was no way I want to move to Florida even though that’s where my brother and nieces live. Much as I dearly love my folk. I live with one ragdoll cat, a changing number of chickens, on rather inexpensive rural land, perhaps a little too far from supermarkets, but I’m fine.
Here there are thoughts about food and diet and agriculture in general, too. Even as I started this blog, some of the nuances of how I usually choose to eat were changing. I’ve discovered / am still discovering what works best for me, a “scientific” sample size of One. (These things have enabled me to lose weight and get healthier in other regards, too.) My optimal food plan is semi-Paleo – I do eat legumes (soaked and rinsed), and while I do avoid grains, I have added a few back in, as I found that some have improved my gut health. I don’t think it is wise to eliminate them entirely, nor to over-indulge. But everyone’s body differs – there are nuts I CANNOT eat without severe gastro-intestinal distress.
As for the title: When I started this blog, I lived in suburban Connecticut outside of Danbury. I knew I wanted to raise livestock after visiting Dad’s girlfriend’s farm in Virginia – she raised (among other animals) goats for meat and angora goats for fiber. And chickens. And I’ve always wanted to raise a good portion of my own fruits and veggies – too much shade back at my lot in Connecticut to do much there. And, my goal still remains to bring meat and/or fiber goats to this farmstead. (I am not milking goats daily.)
And I prefer to eat foods that someone’s great-grandparent, (not necessarily my own) would have eaten, somewhere on this planet. Which is reflected in most of the recipes herein.
As for Now,
Late Winter 2020 January 2021:
I am much closer to some of my goals. I took early retirement at the end of July, 2016. I officially moved in to my homestead the winter of 2018, but spent much of the winter and spring recouping from surgery. But I got chickens and a coop in that May.
My kale crop was awesome that first autumn – it was really about the only thing I had a chance to plant here (other than a superb crop of inedible cannas plants, and a few herbs), as construction around the exterior was still ongoing.
Summer 2019, the raised beds went in. I grew a few crops there – potatoes, basil, cherry tomatoes were all successful. The squash got in the ground too late to grow to full size, but they did grow. I acquired more chickens in 2019 – some intended for meat, but also six more pullets (one failed to thrive and she had to be culled). Now I’m running two batches of chickens – the larger set in the original coop, the smaller in the tractor – acquired a second coop at the beginning of summer 2020.
I now have quail, and housing outdoors for adult quail.
Potatoes, beets, and greens did wonderfully here the summer of 2020. So did cucumbers, but I need a tastier variety.
Recipes still play a part – I try to post recipes every Friday, and try to experience world cuisine. No offal-fear here, either. While some of the recipes are simple and basic, ever so often I’m really called to stretch my boundaries.
Anyhow, this blog, ongoing goals for 2021:
Recipe-wise: More world-culture recipes along with more home-spun recipes. More recipes for home grown chickens, which since I have yet to do the fast-growing Cornish Cross birds, tend to require different cooking techniques.
Livestock-wise: Plotting for sheep, goats or alpaca – not all at once – in 2022, which requires a good amount of infrastructure that I don’t yet have. Fencing, barn, paddocks – with planned in space to grow to include those goats, and possibly alpaca. Yes, I’ll be writing about all this. Eventually I’d like the homesteading and farming posts (veggie, livestock, preserving the crops, DIY projects) to be about a third of future posts made on this blog.
More just-explorative posts. Y’never know.
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I just came across of Goats and Greens in a very specific internet search on foraging by season in New England. I am extremely interested in beginning foraging for the first time, but do not want to poison myself or my family. Do you know of any knowledgeable foragers in the Massachusetts South Shore area that I might be able to reach out to?
Unfortunately, I do not. I’ve done some minor foraging of my own, but no means an expert, nor do I know of those in your area.
I like your focus on ‘real food.’ You choose a lot of ingredients and combinations that many Americans aren’t used to. Are you from around here? My wife is from Bulgaria, and a lot of your food choices remind me of hers. 😀
Actually, I was lucky to be exposed to a variety of cuisines growing up in formative years in New York City, with its diverse cuisines, raised by adventurous and experimenting (especially in the food department) parents. Thanks, I really do prefer “real food”.
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Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I love finding new recipes and look forward to checking out some of yours 🙂
I came across your blog today. I like it !!!!!!
Reminded me of my days living in NY city I have been to that Ethiopian restaurant.
Thanks! I do have a strong urge to go back down for more Ethiopian! (Or maybe I could learn to cook some…)
It’s hard to stay on track, but with time, I’ve learned to actually LIKE the whole foods I’ve been eating. I used the 17-day diet – similar to your meal plan but nicely graduated so you learn to maintain your weight (https://cookupastory.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/the-17-day-diet-starring-dr-mike-morano/)
PS I have issues with William Davis. For me, whole grains are important and some of his science is biased – https://cookupastory.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/wheat-and-the-glycemic-index-loaded-question/ (I still have one more post to do on this subject but have been procrastinating!)
Anyway, just another way of looking at wheat.
Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing my recipes and travels with you. Welcome aboard.
P.S. I lost 50 pounds about 12 years ago with weight watchers. Still around my target weight but since turning 50, it is a constant battle.
Your blog looks great! I’m planning on going back shortly and exploring more of your French (and South African!) recipes. I’m getting hungry there (and I’ve just eaten breakfast.)
Greetings and thanks for dropping by my humble musings … I look forward to reading more from you in the future … stay hungry 🙂 🙂
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Hey there, You mentioned above that you added back some grains that seemed to help your gut health out. Which grains were they? I am starting to think that I have a wheat sensitivity even though I have been allergy tested before.
Anyways, You stopped by my blog a while back and I didn’t realize you were a blogger too at the time. Forgive for that as I would have come to yours and participated in yours.
I added back rice and I added back quinoa (which is a pseudo-grain). I also do oatmeal in winter (just because it feels more winter-savvy to me). I also upped the potatoes to a reasonable amount – but sweet potatoes would be good, too.
I’ll drop back by your blog today!
Stay healthy, all the best.