Fire Wood Expedition

As our house is on solar power and therefore any thought of electric heating is laughable, we have many expeditions out and about to collect firewood. Friends and family have loved our invitations to come and get involved in the firewood expeditions. Although I must admit it is usually the men that turn up most eager. Being in the middle of the wilderness with the power of the chainsaw must bring on a very primal instinct in a man.
chainsaw outdoors

Ok, ok I must admit I love seeing the men do their thing, and while I’m often collecting my share of firewood, I sometimes sneak away and create some delicious warmth for those long days. Popping back up to the house to prepare some tasty snacks and tea and coffee always goes along a treat and I’m sure keeps the boys primed and ready to go!

country living chainsaw

My inspiration:

Simple As Butter Biscuits

(sometimes with chocolate chips or lemon rind)

120g butter
90g caster sugar
180g self-raising flour
1 egg yoke
1/2 cup choc chips or lemon rind (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 180 celsius

Cream – butter and sugar
Add – flour
Add – egg
Mix – everything together
Roll – dough into smallish balls (20cent piece or a quarter)
Place – onto greased or baking paper lined baking tray
Press –  biscuits down with your finger slightly

Bake for 10 mins

Serve with Tea or Coffee in a thermos

cake outside
country living cake

My lunch offering is usually something where I can use bits and pieces from the garden. And something easy and simple that won’t wear me out so I’m still able to show off my firewood collecting skills after lunch!

My inspiration:

Homemade Sausage Rolls with Apple Chutney

sausage roll recipe

1 medium carrot grated
1 medium zucchini grated
2/3 spring onions chopped
500g organic free range chicken mince
1 egg
bread crumbs
worstershire sauce
2 dessert spoons home-made chutney or tomato sauce
salt pepper
puff pastry square sheets x4 or 5

Pre-heat oven to 190 Celsius

Place – all ingredients in a large bowl and combine with spoon or I love to use my hands!
Place – out pastry sheets and cut in half
In – the center of each piece distribute evenly the sausage mixture
Paint – milk onto exposed pastry and roll over pastry to cover each individual line of sausage
Paint – milk on top of line of pastry
Fork – along the pastry sausages
Cut – into 5cm or whatever sizes you desire
Place – on floured backing tray
Bake – 20/30 mins until golden brown

Serve with chutney and salad. They are delicious cold too!!

Ok, yes, these two recipes are very indulgent – the pastry of the sausage rolls is not low GI – so don’t eat too many – or take the pastry off if you’re feel like? I have to admit I found pastry quick to make my blood sugar go up. Moderation is the key. Now the naughty biscuits… after my man has been chopping wood all day I think he deserves something delicious, so I think home made biscuits are ok! Happy. x

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