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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Fern's Fast Food

It was time for dinner and I wanted to cook something easy and quick. So we had toast and scrambled eggs. It took me about ten minutes from start to finish.

I started by making the toast. No, well, I guess I started by making the bread last week. And to do that, I started by grinding the wheat. I did buy the wheat, though. We did not grow it.

Then I got out the rest of the roast that was left over in the frig. This was a part of a quart bag of frozen roast I had cooked a few months ago.

But this roast started out as a young buck kid two years ago, which means we bred his mom five months before he was born. And she was born here a year before she was bred. But before that could happen, we had a barn built and Frank built the birthing pens into the barn. And even before that, we had to locate a herd of Nubian goats about 150 miles from here because we couldn't find any in the area. We butchered some of our wethers (castrated male goats) last winter, thus, the roast for our scrambled eggs.

Next, I got out some cheese - cheddar cheese that was made, waxed and set to age in July 2012.

This was made possible by breeding the nanny, that had the kids, that gave the milk, to make the cheese.

Doesn't this remind you of that old nursery rhyme about the house that Jack built?  

The last ingredient in the meal was eggs. These we gather every day from our laying flock which was incubated and hatched in April 2012. The eggs that were incubated came from the flock that we hatched in the spring of 2011.

New chicks have to be around six months old before they start laying eggs. And, of course, they need a house with a roost and somewhere to lay the eggs.

There is an old saying Frank has: Postpone gratification for long term gains. It is very suitable in this instance. Even though, to me, this meal was homemade 'fast food', it has actually been years in the making.

Something to think about. In a world of instant gratification, be it food, the technology with which we blog, clothes, houses, cars, you name it - do we ever really slow down to see, really see, where it all comes from? We have all grown so accustomed to going to the 'store' where someone else provides everything for us. Are we even aware of the process it takes to produce a simple, easy, quick meal that is good, wholesome and nutritious? What would happen if the only 'store' you could ever go to again was your own? Writing this blog has given us much to think about. It has focused our thoughts more than ever before. We hope that it will give you pause, and 'food' for thought.

Until next time - Fern


  1. Hello Fern. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment. It's great that you all have decided to start a blog. I agree that it is an important way to share, and teach. Learn too.

    We have a meal of eggs almost every day. I've been adding browned cracklings to it. I made the cracklings when I rendered our goat fat. Very tasty.

    My husband is really interested in ham radios. We looked into to that once but didn't get very far. Yet. :)

    1. Hi Leigh,

      I read your post on making cracklings from goat fat. It was very interesting. We talked about trying that the next time we butcher a wether.

      For those of you reading this, Leigh's blog is listed in Our Favorite Links - 5 Acres & A Dream. I would recommend you take a look.

      Leigh let your husband know that Frank will continue his radio communication series and have a lot of information about ham radios. If he has any questions, or has something he would like Frank to cover, please let us know.


  2. What a great post!
    I could add something more ... it all actually starts with the Almighty. Because without Him chicks don't pip and the sun doesn't shine and grass doesn't grow and goats don't breed :-)
    Best wishes from Pennsylvania,

  3. Just found your blog through Patrice's Rural Revolution Blog. Good to see another okie on the net. I'm just a little north of you all.

  4. I just found your blog as above and love that some one is thinking of what it REALLY takes to get food to the table. I may not get to raise all I would like but I am doing my best.