Food From Scratch

Ethically Sustainable and Nutritious Recipes to Make at Home

(Image source) There are many ways to and reasons for eating ethically. From veganism and vegetarianism, to growing a vegie garden or only buying organic; the sky’s your limit when it comes to eating ethically and sustainably. As the carbon footprint from excessive livestock farming increases and food waste around the world intensifies, it’s important…

Last minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Attractive bottle of olive oil with several sprigs of rosemary inside.

Okay, so Christmas is in 4 days. Who’s finished their present buying/making frenzy?? Not me, haha! One thing I try to do every year is have the kids help with making gifts for their grandparents and aunts and uncles. Years ago my family decided to only buy gifts for the kids, but I have always…

Holly’s Homemade Dog Food

Healthy Homemade Dog Food by Holly Lindsey | SustainableSuburbia.net

This week I have a guest post for you from dog lover & rescuer, Holly Lindsey, who will help you SAVE money, while still giving the dogs in your life a healthy diet. I have two beautiful dogs, both strays that found their way to me. One is a half lab, half chow that used…

How to Make Quark (aka Yo-Cheese)

Have you ever tried making cream cheese out of yoghurt? It’s really very simple to do, and surprisingly good. You can make it out of plain yoghurt, flavoured yoghurt, or plain yoghurt with some fruit or herbs added. (And if you don’t already know how to make your own yoghurt, take a look at this…

Sweet Potato and Feta Frittata – Mmm, Delicious!

This is another revived recipe from my old personal blog.  This is a delicious frittata, although I admit often when I make frittata I use it as an opportunity to use up whatever vegetables happen to be in the fridge. Serve with a green salad, and if there is a danger that some children won’t…

How to Cook the Best Rhubarb Pie (from Scratch)

Rhubarb and blackberry pie | SustainableSuburbia.net

Living in summer holiday mode, it’s easy to forget that chores still need doing, and in this weather (it’s forecast to get to 34C where I am today, and 39C by later in the week! Eek!), that very much includes watering the garden. My poor rhubarb plants are really struggling, so I decided it’s time…

Baking with Miss Three: Oatmeal Cookies

A three year old in the kitchen Baking Oatmeal Cookies

Inspired partly by Kyrstie’s recent Kids Cooking post on Childhood101, partly by Kate’s post on Picklebums about how simple these oatmeal cookies are to make, and partly by the fact that I had nothing in the house for school morning teas for the rest of the week, three-year-old Eliane and I made biscuits the other morning.…

Making a Gingerbread House from Scratch

Gingerbread house decorated with white icing and ginger bread shapes.

Making a gingerbread house has become a bit of a tradition in our household, and last year we perfected the recipe. So here’s how to make one from scratch. Note: You don’t make a gingerbread house from scratch in one sitting. The dough needs to be refrigerated before rolling out, the pieces need to harden…

5 Vegetarian Dishes That Are High in Protein

a plate of cubed feta

This is a guest post from Sue Chalmers. As a vegetarian, it is always important to maintain a balanced diet. People can sometimes be deterred from vegetarianism through ignorance: many meat eaters think they will not be able to get their fill of protein through a vegetarian diet. Wrong. Here’s how to do it. There…

Getting Started with Fermented Vegetables

A jar of shredded cabbage and grated cabbage in brine, ready to ferment

Lacto-fermentation is an ancient craft; the results can be as different as the vegetables you use. Little is required to get started except for wide-mouth jars, some kind of wooden tamper, non-iodized salt (to prevent clouding) and fresh organic vegetables or fruits.

What’s So Special About Sprouted Wheat?

a sieve full of sprouted wheatberries. The sprouts are just sprouted with the sprout perhaps one third to half as long as the seed.

Sprouted breads are not a new phenomenon. In fact, they have quite ancient roots. The use of sprouted grains in bread can be traced back to the Essenes, a Jewish monastic group that prospered from the second century BC to the first century AD. They sprouted the grain before grinding it into dough and baking…

Western Meat Consumption Causing Malnutrition in Africa

Western diets high in meat are coursing malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a study presented recently at an international conference looking at agriculture and its effects on nutrition and health. The report, presented by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), finds that if people in Western countries at less meat, the price of…