Cheese Podcast 031 – What Non Curd Nerds Think About Little Green Cheese

Little Green Cheese Podcast

I have a great show this week.  Firstly the main feature is a review of the cheese making podcast by Matt and Beau from Reaction Podcast.  There is swearing during this part of the show, so you have been forewarned.  However, it is a very funny review of the podcast. Other segments include a brief clip from Lyndall Dykes who travels around northern NSW and southern Queensland teaching cheese   [Continue Reading …]

Preparing For Roof Insulation

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To get the best coverage for our roof insulation, we had to make sure that we could get the insulation in to as many places as possible. In our roof, this posed a bit of a problem.  When we first moved into our house in 2000, one of the first things we did was install R80 style downlights.  Effectively, we cut holes in our ceiling creating gaps in the air tight integrity of the home, allowing   [Continue Reading …]

Who Would You Take Advice From?

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Lets work through a hypothetical scenario, shall we? If I had a life threatening disease (which I don't) it would be common sense that I would seek medical advice. Now lets say that I happened to visit ten specialist doctors to seek an opinion or cure.  Nine of those specialists inform me that I need to get the disease treated, but only one said that it was nothing to worry about.  What do   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 079 – Robyn Rosenfeldt from Pip Magazine

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Way back at the start of the year I wrote a post about Pip Magazine.  Robyn Rosenfeldt was seeking funding via crowdsourcing to launch Australia's first permaculture magazine in 10 years. I caught up with Robyn during this episode to see how things were progressing with the magazine (now in its second issue), to learn a little bit more about Robyn herself and her lifestyle. I found   [Continue Reading …]

Liveable Home Update

Glass brick window design

Well we have gone and done it!  We have taken further steps towards a more liveable home. Kim and I have placed a deposit on the roof insulation, the double glazing at the front of the house, and paid to replace one of the lounge windows with glass bricks. We had to tighten our belts but the great thing is that we have saved enough money by paying triple payments into the mortgage offset   [Continue Reading …]

Veggie Patch Maintenance

Sugar Loaf Cabbage

Garden maintenance is essential at this or any time of the year.  Weeds to be pulled.  Vegetables to be fertilized.  Weeds to be pulled!  Yes I said weeding twice.  There was so much of it. Well of course this weekend was no exception.  I had been neglecting the front yard until I discovered that we have a cabbage thief in the area.  It gave me the wake up call that I needed. I spent the   [Continue Reading …]

Spuds. Why Not!

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I love growing my own spuds.  Today, I dug up 2 kg (4 lbs) of volunteer potatoes from my garden.  Yes, volunteers! These spuds were ones I missed from the last of the summer harvest and grew over winter.  Fantastic and certainly one to put in the lazy gardener category.  Free spuds without any work except to dig them up. This got me thinking of the last time I was in the supermarket when I   [Continue Reading …]

Salami Update – Week Two

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After two weeks of curing, the salami looks quite good. I was told on the course that white mould was a good sign that everything was going perfectly.  I am glad that my laundry could oblige with such an abundance! As you can see, it is very white in places.  It smells unlike you would expect, a little bit like old socks during the first week, but now it is more mellow like traditional   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 078 – Suburban Food Farm in August

The Greening of Gavin Podcast

This episode is a roundup of what is growing well, what isn't, and what I am planning on planting for spring in a few weeks time on my Suburban Food Farm. During the show I talk about the following items; Curly Kale Chips Veg Trug African Horned Melon Also, a funny thing happened today when I went to harvest some winter potatoes which I talk about during the episode. I noticed   [Continue Reading …]

The Great Kilowatt Challenge eBook – On Sale!

The Great Kilowatt Challenge

A year in the writing, The Great Kilowatt Challenge eBook and companion worksheet are now available for purchase at my eBookstore! Here is the book blurb; The Great Kilowatt Challenge eBook The Step by Step Guide to $aving Easy Money off Your Power Bills Want to save some easy money off your power bill, but you don't know where to start? Are you sick of paying a small fortune on   [Continue Reading …]

Cheese Podcast 030 – Recipe Tips

Little Green Cheese Podcast

Well curd nerds, I hit the big 'three oh' on the cheese making podcast! I love producing this show and sharing listener questions, news titbits, and the odd spot of home cheese making technique with you every week or so. This episode is no different, with lots of great information for the cheese making newbie or seasoned veteran alike. If you are interested in listening to the Little   [Continue Reading …]

Pick Me Up Pizza

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What a week!  One I would rather forget. I don't exactly know what caused it, but I was in a funk for most of it.  I needed a pick-me-up. By Thursday I knew that something had to change if I was to snap out of it, and that I needed to do something that I enjoyed for the entire weekend. I had a chat to Kim and asked her to help me organise a gathering of a few good friends to share pizza   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 077-Staying Warm Without Heating (Brass Monkey Challenge)

The Greening of Gavin Podcast

The Brass Monkey Challenge is something that Kim and I came up with this winter to see if we could avoid using the natural gas heating in our home for the entire winter. Join Kim and me as we talk extensively about what this challenge has thrown at us over the last three months. So far we have achieved our goal, and have come up with inventive ways of staying warm without   [Continue Reading …]

How To Make Baked Ricotta

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During our last cheesemaking course, I made the usual batch of fresh ricotta. I have this very special and somewhat secret recipe (who am I kidding?), that makes simply the creamiest and smoothest whole milk ricotta on the planet.  Honestly.  Ask anyone who has attended my class! If you are intrigued, then you can find the recipe here. Anyway, what is one to do with 500 grams (1 lbs) of   [Continue Reading …]

Brass Monkey Challenge – August Update

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Well dear readers, I am happy to report that we are still going strong on this challenge. The last few weeks have been cold, with a frost or two, but the temperature has not dropped below 3°C (37.4F).  Kim has had her reverse cycle air-conditioner turned on at 21°C (70F) for about an hour a day just to take the chill out of her office, but other than that, we have had no other heating on at   [Continue Reading …]

Next eBook At Proof Readers!

The Great Kilowatt Challenge

I know that I have been hinting occasionally that I am in the process of writing two new eBooks, and that it has been over 18 months since my last publication.  Thankfully, I knuckled down for the entire weekend and managed to get one finished! The Great Kilowatt Challenge is now with my proof reader, the lovely Pam (my mother in law), and should be ready for publication in the next week. It   [Continue Reading …]

First Climate Reality Presentation Wrap-up

Climate Reality Project Australia

I should have titled this post  "How my first Climate Reality Presentation went", or "How to startle the audience when bumping into a microphone repeatedly!" Funny story, however, before I start, I would just like to publicly thank Kellie for organising the event.  I really appreciated the chance to present to the Melton City Council Green Team about the reality of climate change.  There were   [Continue Reading …]

Salami Making – Another Skill in the Bag

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I love learning new skills, especially traditional methods of making and preserving food.  Just like cheese making, salami falls into that category. I mentioned this a while ago to my two lovely daughters that it would be nice to attend a Salami making course, so with Kim's help, they found a course that was being held not too far away from where we live.  It was a very thoughtful birthday   [Continue Reading …]