Month: February 2014

who knew- raviolis made simple!

I used to have a pasta press- I loved making my own fresh pasta.  After I moved to Norway, I got out of the habit of making pasta; it just seemed like too much work and too much time.  But yesterday, I got a hankering for raviolis.  I just happened to have the left overs of a cheese aperitif: creamed cottage cheese, sun dried tomatoes, more cream cheese, ramsløk pure ( a wild, garlic flavored shallot), and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds.  Then, on my way home, Gina stopped me and handed me three fresh eggs from her hens.  The plot thickened.

goats garden ginas eggs

I needed some organic spelt flour, salt, and olive oil, all available in my cupboard.  I discovered it was amazingly easy to make the dough (two cups flour, three eggs, one tsp olive oil and one tsp salt, divide it in two, and roll out a large rectangle.  Then I dropped spoonfuls of the cheese mixture at regular intervals onto the dough, rolled another rectangle to place on top, and cut the raviolis into squares.  while I was rolling the dough, I set a bag of frozen tomatoes from last years’ garden into scalding water.  I peeled the skins and cut out the stem ends, then cooked them up into a quick tomato sauce with olive oil, garlic, onion,and some herbs:

goats garden tomatosauce Finally, I tossed the ready raviolis into boiling water (the water I had scalded the tomatoes in, actually), boiled up each batch for two minutes or so until the raviolis floated to the top, ladled the tomato sauce over them, and added some dried oregano:

goats garden ravioli

The picture seems to have come out sideways, but the raviolis came out great!  Now that I know how easy it is to make and roll the dough, I can experiment with all kinds of fillings, and have a fresh ravioli meal ready in under an hour.  Amazing, I always thought I had to buy these things, or that it would take hours to make by hand.




The Goat Babies Explore Outside

goats garden babies outside

The snow has finally melted enough that the little ones can venture outside and nibble on tender new grass.  They love jumping up on the rocks and capering around, but I am still a little afraid to let them outside by themselves.  There are hawks in the area, and there could be dogs or foxes.  Could a hawk really take one of them?  I’m not willing to take the chance, so I play goat-herd when I can, and send them back in.  I wish I could spend all day outside with them!

This shot was taken at dusk, so it is a bit dark, but you can see how much they have grown! Now I am looking forward to more light and more warmth, so they can stay out longer.

February Slush

The weather is much warmer than usual for February, making the snow in to a soggy mess.  It was 3.5 degrees at 6:00 in the morning today.  I went out to the goats in my pajamas!  With the weather this warm, I can open up the shed and let the little ones play ‘in and out’. They chase each other wildly back and forth over the door jam and front step. I sat inside yesterday with my back against the pen wall and Izzie would race in, jump up on me, nibble my face, and then rush out again to join her cousins.  Or nephews, more accurately, since Dina, her mom, is Lucky’s mom too.  They are both bucks, I think, which is really sad, because it means we will have to give them away when they are about 2 months old.  I have had several requests, and I think I can find them good homes, but I was so hoping for more girls I could keep.  More pictures to follow!

And then we were three….

goat lucky's babies

Lucky’s New Babies

Lucky greets her two new babies!  She had been complaining all day, but had finally quieted down for a while, so I decided to go in and get something to eat.  When she started up again it was very loud and very insistent-  I ran out to the shed again, and found two babies in a pool of blood behind her- one was face down in the goo.  I pulled her out, shouting to David through the baby monitor.  He and Gina arrived at the same time, threw me towels and gave advice.  I had a hard time getting the second baby to take the teat; Gina tried as well and finally both babies got some of the very important first colostrum.  Lucky is such a great mom!  She took to the babies immediately, and also allowed me to move around her, put her babies to the teat, massage her udder.  It was hard to believe she would not let me touch her in those places before she gave birth.  It is so amazing to see the amazing bond that grows between a goat mother and her goat babies!

Izzie joins us

Izzie joins us

No better place to start this new blog, I think, than with the birth of our first goat kid.  Dina gave birth this morning to a beautiful little girl.  This has been on the plans for two years now; we look forward to fresh goat milk, halloumi, parmesan, and other goat cheeses!  Of course, Izzie gets her fair share of the milk first!