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by Monica Melograna-Ward

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This photo was taken from the back. Honey bees focus on the front entrance of the hive for defense. But, they were very active tonight. It has been raining a lot this week and I think they were glad to be out and about more today.

I stood off to the right of the front, since the honey bees tend to come into the hive from left front. My goal is to get zero stings during my Friday night filming.

I’ve only been stung three times total. The stings are all my fault for not wearing gloves or headgear. But it’s hard to take a picture with all that on, so I’ve been taking risks. Surprisingly, the hand stings (2) hurt more that my face/chin sting (1). But even the hand stings are tolerable. I’m glad that I’m not the honey bee in this scenario, since the workers die after their successful attack.

Happy Friday Night!

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Hector is the Head Rooster of our flock. He is a somewhat rare Swedish Flower breed that has only been in the United States since 2010. His Sidekick Agador is the Roo below him (with the white wings).

 

Happy Friday!

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Easy Farmette Dinner:

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts coated with One Whisked Egg, White Wheat Flour and then fried in Vegetable Oil.

Steamed Bok Choy

Baked Sweet Potatoes (with Butter!)


 


And for the farmette’s chickens (and duck):

Kitchen scraps of salad greens, kidney beans, corn, broccoli and breaded fish nuggets. The chickens, and the duck, loved the fish! They came back for the greens later.

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:)MMW

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With a busy weekend happening, Monica’s Weekend Recipe will be short. This article is focused on just one cooking ingredient – eggs. Not only is this about eggs, but, specifically, Duck Eggs.

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What are the Benefits to Eating Duck Eggs?
by Countryside Daily Magazine
  • Duck eggs stay fresher longer, due to their thicker shell.
  • Duck eggs are richer, with more albumen, which makes cakes and other pastries fluffier.
  • Duck eggs have more Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • People who cannot eat chicken eggs, due to allergies, can often eat duck eggs.

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Ducks make much more mess than chickens, so we opted to keep just one duck. Since the coop is predator proof, and we opted for standard sized birds this time (instead of bantam/mini), we feel more comfortable naming them – since they won’t end up being meals for foxes, weasels, raccoons, snakes, hawks, falcons, feral cats, stray dogs or coyotes. Our egg laying duck is named Macy.

Info
via Wikipedia
A duckling is a young duck in downy plumage or baby duck. A male duck is called a drake and the female is called a duck, or in ornithology a hen.

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I usually take my coffee with me while tending to the poultry in the morning.

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One last pic of Macy and her buddies, happily eating kitchen scraps.

Have fun cooking with eggs, and if you have the option, try duck eggs. They are delicious!

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7:41 pm

Our Honey Bees should be coming in for the night,
but are still coming in and going back out.

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Happy Friday the 13th!

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Chop up 1 Large Napa/Chinese Cabbage and 3 or 4 Green Onions.

Kimchi_2Rinse the Cabbage with Water in a Strainer.

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Cover with a bunch of Salt (1 measuring cup full maybe).

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Use your clean hands or a big spoon to toss. Your Cabbage pieces should now be wet and thoroughly salted.

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Let the Cabbage sit for 20-30 Minutes.

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You will see that the Cabbage shrinks down as moisture is drawn out by the Salt.

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Then rinse and strain your Cabbage.

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Add spices. I use Cayenne pepper, Green Onions, freshly chopped Garlic…

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For this batch I included some whole Thai Peppers. Mix all of your flavorings in with the cabbage.

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Put everything in a large glass or plastic Jar with a firmly fitting lid. Let it sit out at room temperature for 3-7 days, depending on how rich you like your Kimchi.

I was taught this recipe while living in Germany 30 years ago by a Korean neighbor friend. So, this is an authentic Korean Kimchi recipe from an indirect source.

Notes: There are many variations on this recipe including your main vegetable.
Also, you can add ingredients like ginger or preserved fish.

Happy Weekend Warrior Cooking!

 

 

 

 

 

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