Sunday 14 February 2016

Zaia

Zaia is a musician, homesteader, permaculturist, holistic health and wellness coach and sustainability advocate. She and husband Tom run permaculture designed farm "Maungaraeeda" on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and the not for profit organisation the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. and teach permaculture and self reliance. Zaia loves cooking and always comes up with new and different recipes to prepare the food she grows. She is a percussionist and is involved in various musical projects, including community music projects. She writes about life on the farm and tries to post regular photos.

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6 Responses

  1. Helen says:

    Your kitchen looks like there is space (to move).

    • Zaia says:

      Yes, it is fantastic now, first time I have had a big kitchen! It comes in three parts, the kitchen you see on the photograph, which has the biogas burners, sink, prep and serve benches, off that area is another room which has a fridge and several tables for my fermentations and preserves. Then outside under cover are the rocket stoves and a conventional gas oven/stove (we only use the oven now, as we only cook on biogas and rocket stove), another fridge and three old fridges which function as root cellar and pantries. There is also a prep bench which has the dehydrator on it and wood storage for the rocket stoves. So quite an elaborate kitchen it is indeed, and a pleasure to work in!

    • Zaia says:

      Yes, it is fantastic having a large kitchen! The kitchen consist of three parts. What you see in the photo is the main kitchen, which has a prep bench and serving table, a woodstove, a biogas burner and a sink. Off that space is a room which houses the main fridge and several tables where I do sprouting, soaking and fermenting. Then outside on the verandah (under cover) is another prep bench, a conventional oven and stove (we mainly use the oven until we have the rocket stove oven ready), 4 rocket stoves which we mainly use to cook on, another fridge (mainly for milk storage) and three other fridges which function as a root cellar and pantries. There is also wood storage there for the rocket stoves. It seems to work really well this way and I am thoroughly enjoying being in the kitchen!

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