Ducks with milk moe at Maungaraeeda, Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast

Duck milk moe

Duck milk moe

When I came to the chicken pen this morning, Tom called out that we have a different breed of ducks there this morning… When I looked into the pen, we had white speckled and beaked ducks… We put the skim milk into the chicken pens yesterday, and the ducks had a nice little feed and possibly a dip in the curds now in the pen! Hence the duck milk moes!

Ducks with milk moe at Maungaraeeda, Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast
Milk moe ducks

We had lots of lovely rain today, much needed in the garden as it was starting to look a bit sad out there! I had a fail in my saurkrauting, I used some cabbage leaves from the garden but it had gone off, smelled pretty bad! The cabbage leaves are themselves not the greatest tasting but I will try another method, hopefully that will work! My sourdough bread is getting better and better though, I do a 72 hour ferment which works really well and makes the bread very digestible…

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  1. Hi Zaia, I’m interested in knowing some more about your sour dough bread. How do you slow down the fermentation to stretch it 72 hour.
    I make mine over about 16 hours.
    I have been making sour dough bread using a sour dough I started with organic grape juice around 20 years ago. I only use organic spelt flour (it’s the only one I am satisfied hasn’t been tempered with by agri business lab)

    1. Hey Serge,
      Just use your normal starter (I assume that will work). I Use spelt flour as well. To start, I put one cup of flour, about 1/4 cup of starter and 1 – 1 1/2 cups of water. Mix together in an earthenware or plastic bowl with a wooden or plastic spoon. Cover with a plastic bag and wrap with teatowels (to stop the bugs coming in) and stand for 24 hours. The next day add a cup of flour and stir, cover again and stand for another 24 hours. The third day add enough flour so it becomes a kneadable dough. Knead the doug and put it into your bread baking dishes (mine are ceramic). Cover again as before and stand for another 24 hours. The bread will rise in its dish and you will then just need to pop the dish into the oven and bake at around 180C for around 45 minutes. Hope this helps!

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