Farm Fresh Recipes from the Missing Goat Farm is written by Heather Cameron. I was recently sent a copy by the publisher and asked to review it. This book is Canadian, but the weights and measures have been converted to grams and millilitres.
Heather dreamed of becoming a farmer and growing her own produce. Her dream became a reality after her 30th birthday when she and her husband bought a neglected blueberry farm. Heather started to look at food labels in detail after giving birth to her daughter, and didn’t like what she read. She started to make her own food from scratch; from breads to jams (which she now sells) all of which are written about in the book.
There are a few pages at the start explaining Heathers background and a very potted history of how the farm has developed and what they have learned.
The book is arranged by seasons and each season has sub sections such as breakfast, mains and snacks.
The recipes aren’t too complicated, some span two pages but have plenty of photos to show you how the food should look as you’re preparing it. There are ideas for preserving things (e.g ‘oven roasted tomatoes’ and ‘five minute easy jams’), and tips at points where you can prep in advance and then freeze (the cracker dough below could be frozen).
I didn’t find it too difficult to find things I wanted to cook from this book – just look at all these….
So, to give the book a proper test, I picked a couple to cook. I recently had a pretty bad attempt at making tortillas and thought I’d start with these.
The recipe (page 62) is; bread flour, baking powder, salt, vegetable shortening, butter and warm water. I did something which I’m doing a lot, and was all ready to make them, but then read the recipe and realised I had no idea what vegetable shortening was!! After a little searching around, I found that I could use beef suet instead and I actually needed a little more water in the mixture too.
Basically, stick it all in a food processor until it’s a big ball, take it out and knead it for a few minutes. Divide into 12, and leave to prove on a floured ball. Ideally you’ll have a press, but I didn’t, so I had to roll them out – which was hard work! Cook in a hot frying pan, I found the hotter the better and by about number 6 they were turning out pretty well.
Ideally you’ll have a press, but I didn’t, so I had to roll them out – which was hard work! Cook in a hot frying pan, I found the hotter the better and by about number 6 they were turning out pretty well.
I’ll definitely use this recipe again (and also look in to investing in a press too!)
The second recipe I chose was the Cheese Crackers (page 28). I actually chose this because I couldn’t believe that it could be so simple!
It really was as simple as that. Put all the ingredients in the food processor and blitz until it comes together. It takes about a minute or two (I was a bit worried it wasn’t going to, but as if by magic, it suddenly did). Take it out, wrap in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for an hour/overnight.
Roll the mix out and cut into biscuits. I used a glass to cut these as I dont have any round cutters. Bake in the oven until golden brown.
They were nice warm from the oven, but I’ve also been munching on them cold. I’m going to make these again. I’m also thinking about adding some mustard powder in to the mix.
I found the recipes in the book to be reliable, and they actually worked. Full price the book retails at £18.99 here and was released on March 14th 2013.
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