Sunday, June 20, 2021
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Around here - supporting our farmers
Last year just before lockdown I came across "Spray Free Farmacy" which is a family run home based business in Brisbane consisting of Kristen, her husband and two daughters. I believe they also have quite a few family members helping out in the business now as they deliver to over 500 families a week. The business is five years old now and when Covid took off in early 2020 and Brisbane was in lockdown for 2 months the business thrived and has continued to get better and better.
Who wouldn't love to support this family business. Before they started the business they used to spend time going to Farmers Markets, Organic shops and then the supermarkets for the extra things which was taking up a lot of their weekend time. They tried different organic home delivery services and they thought that they were okay until they came across Kel, a farmer and they asked her to put a veggie box together for them. They were amazed at the beautiful fresh produce and fantastic value and they mentioned it to friends who also wanted a box too. Before long they decided to set up a partnership with Kel and start offering fantastic boxes to the wider Brisbane community.
There are two options for delivery of your boxes with the first one being the home delivery to your door for $10 which is the option I go with, or you can opt to pick your box up from a designated local location. My box gets delivered early Saturday morning to my front door and the following delivery I leave my empty box outside so they can be reused for the next family.
This is why they provide "spray free" veggies to families and they have great articles on their blog. You can get a standard box small, medium and large and swap things out if you something or prefer a different item. They also have lots of other things available like sourdough bread, eggs, yoghurt, rice, butter, cheese, milk, sauces, nuts, oil etc. I can vouch that these veggies last 2-3 weeks vs the supermarket one week in the fridge. If you are in Brisbane or surrounds I can highly recommend this service. Below is some pictures of deliveries I have had.
Friday, June 4, 2021
Slow Cooker Beef Recipe & Flat Bread
The other day I was scrolling Instagram and there was a video for a slow cooker recipe. I had all the ingredients and just needed to buy some beef and potatoes. I put the slow cooker on around midday on high and about half an hour before I was serving I made some flat breads to go with it instead of having it with rice. It was so delicious and warming on the first day of winter in Australia and the flat bread was great for mopping up all the sauce.
SLOW COOKER BEEF RECIPE
500gms diced beef [recipe called for double that however I just used half - you could use 1kgs]
3-4 carrots chopped into large size chunks
4 potatoes chopped into quarters [I used the little packet of Aldi Microwave potatoes for size]
2 large onions chopped
Peas & Beans [optional - to be put in at the end of cooking]
3 cups of beef stock
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cloves of garlic
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup of plain flour
Salt & Pepper to taste.
Dice beef into large cubes if not already diced.
Place in pan with some olive oil to brown the beef and then put into slow cooker.
Using the same pan, place potatoes and carrots in the pan and brown, and then put them in the slow cooker.
Sprinkle the 1/4 cup of plain flour over the beef and vegetables in the slow cooker and stir until everything is covered.
Back to the stove top; add garlic and herbs and onion to the pan and cook for a few minutes.
Add the tomato paste and stir through, then pour in the beef stock and bring to the boil.
When reaching the boil place this into slow cooker.
Add the bay leaves and parsley [note I didn't use either of these].
About 15-20 minutes before you want to eat dinner, place some beans and peas into the slow cooker and stir through. You could also add other greens at this stage like baby spinach for extra nutrition at this stage.
FLAT BREAD RECIPE
Here is a link to my flat bread post from 2017. The ingredients for the flat bread is as follows:-
250gms Self Raising Flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt [recipe calls for 1 teaspoon however it's too salty for us so we use half]
1 teaspoon baking powder
250gms Natural Yoghurt - I used Greek Yoghurt