Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Another week flies by

Last week seemed to fly by. The weeks seem to be doing that as we scurry towards December. I keep confusing myself with as I associate colder weather with the middle of the year and then it dawns on me that it is the end of November. The shorter days are also messing with my brain as the sun is setting just before 4pm and by about 7pm we are all thinking that we should be off to bed. I think we will be in for a rude awakening on our January return to Australia.

We made the most of a couple of days last week and boarded a train to Weimar: an amazing place full of so much history.

Goethe and Schiller made it their home.

Goethe's house on the right.

Christmas markets taking shape.

Back in Perth, I had been making my own yoghurt for a while. It is a little time consuming but totally worth it.

I have come across a yoghurt making kit that I am loving. Years ago I had a Easiyo maker and made the packets quite regularly. The things I love about this kit is that the yoghurt is made by heating and cooling milk, and adding some yoghurt to start, as opposed to adding water to a packet mix, as I used to with Easiyo. The warm milk is then poured into a glass jar rather than a plastic container. It uses 1 litre of milk to make enough to fill the jar. Our second batch is sitting in its little esky as I type.

The weekend seemed to revolve around food. Not only snacks of freshly made organic yoghurt with a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkling of slithered almonds, but also quite a few recipes from the new cookbook.

Souffle with pasta

I even managed to finish another book that I bought for the train journey. Although the book was written 6 years ago, it was an good read and interesting to see how others go about changing their habits for the betterment of their family's health and the environments. This is one that I think I will need to reread to highlight all the tips and website links listed.

Take care

PS Did anyone manage to get to Josh Byrne's open garden on the weekend? I would love to hear about it.


  1. I had such good intentions to go to Josh Byrne's open garden, I can walk there from my house, but the kids fell ill and it didn't happen. Hopefully next time! I am jealous of the Christmas markets, European Christmas is magic isn't it?

  2. Simone, sometimes it is just too tricky. I hope the boys a feeling better and you haven't manage to catch what they had. My parents went to the open garden and said it was really good. He is such and informative and interesting speaker. I saw him at The Grove earlier this year.
    The markets are beautiful. I even managed to go to the main one here in Berlin last Friday night. I didn't take a camera but certainly plans to go again. One advantage of the sun setting before 4pm is that I don't have to stay up late to see the Christmas lights. Yah.

  3. I love the old building and cobble stone streets, there's so much history in Europe!

    I use my Easiyo yoghurt maker with fresh milk, powdered milk AND with the easiyo packets, don't feel restricted by the easiyo instructions :) I also use it to make cream cheese. I like the glass jar that came with your kit though.

  4. Liz, Weimar was such an amazing place. In the same platz where the Christmas market is held, there is a hotel that Hitler used to stay in whenever he was in town.
    I have been looking for milchpulver (milk powder) here but need to do a little more searching. Cream cheese sounds very interesting. I will be checking that out for sure. Would you be able to post some instructions?


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