Monday, 23 November 2015

Brusselsprouts are supposed to taste better after a frost. Fingers crossed. #selfsufficiency

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Sheep Walk

A preview of our sheep walk the other day. We moved them from our neighbours field, along a winding forest track for 2.5km, back home ready for the winter months ahead. It is really nice to have them back and be able to see them everyday.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Seven ladies and a gent are back in our backyard. New blogpost on #paulssonpaleo . #gutefår #selfsufficient

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In the Nick of Time!

Our lovely neighbours have let their huge field in Gårdshult to us, meaning that we could put off feeding hay to our sheep for an additional month. Two hectares go a long way, it seems, even when the grass has stopped growing. 

Being complete beginners when it comes to sheep, we try to keep our eyes and ears trained on the sheep and their habits to ensure that they are happy and healthy. Not that easy, as we have nothing to compare to! A few days ago we did notice that they had started eating heather, which doesn't feature much on their usual menu, so we figured it was time to take them home. 

Si bringing home our lovelies
We've got some grass left in two of our fields, so we thought they could eat that for a few days before we start them on our homegrown diet of dried summer grass (aka hay). We're just a tiny bit nervous about it. What if they don't like it? What if it isn't up to their standards? What if we harvested it all wrong and now it doesn't contain the right nutrients??? The things that you worry about as a new "farmer"...

Anyhow, it seems we brought them home in the nick of time. I am so glad that they are now just outside the house, so we can keep an even closer eye on them. As much as we enjoy running back and forth between our house and Gårdshult, this feels safer. 

The snow doesn't seem to faze them

Testing our new barefoot shoes. Toes still dry and toasty. :-) #paulssonpaleo #lems

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Monday, 9 November 2015

Do You Eat Offal?

When we moved to Sweden, our food bills went through the roof. We had to do something about the meat... Eating grassfed meat is expensive, even if you only buy the cheap cuts.

So we started exploring offal. Not only is offal relatively cheap, it is a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals not otherwise found in muscle meat. Also, as conscientious meat eaters we were feeling increasingly uncomfortable NOT eating the "other bits" of the animal. Today we eat liver, heart and tongue on a weekly basis and make bone broth daily. 

We recently shared our passion for offal in a course at our local hotel Tallhöjden. Five gentlemen showed up, eager to learn a few tricks. Imagine our surprise when all of them confessed to already eating offal. And to being hunters. That sure put a bit of pressure on the teachers...

Liver, heart and tongue! And a few other bits and bobs. 
It all went down a treat, though! We made liver pâté, flash fried marinated heart and boiled (and fried) tongue, served with seed crackers, carrot sticks and sauerkraut. I admit that the condiments were lacking a bit, given just how much meat ended up on the plate...

We had so much fun that we forgot to take photos until after dinner...
The one "complaint" that our participants voiced was that we could have gone a bit more advanced. Brain, lungs, you know, the PROPER icky stuff. Next time, next time. We need to do a bit more product development first! :-)

Thursday, 5 November 2015

From our most recent presentation on what the paleo lifestyle means to us. Sheep are always at the top of the list. 😜 #paulssonpaleo #swedishpaleo #paleo

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New blogpost on our talk in Stockholm the other day. #paulssonpaleo #swedishpaleo #paleo #paradiset

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Paleo Talk in Stockholm

Monday was a big day for the PaulssonPaleo Posse (great acronym, PPP...). Cat, Si and I went up to Stockholm to give a talk on paleo and what it means to us, all arranged by Swedish Paleo

I am so in love with this picture, courtesy of my amazingly creative brother-in-law Si. 
The theme of the evening was paleo and how our change in diet lead to some pretty insane lifestyle changes. We wanted the audience to understand how paleo can entail more than just eating in a certain way to stay healthy. It has come to permeate everything we do, including how we view our environment, what chemicals we choose to remove from our lives, how we move, how our lives are governed by daylight as well as seasons and how important community has become. 

Not only was this a great chance for us to inspire and talk to likeminded people, it also gave us a chance to look back on how far we've come in just a few years.  Like Si said, perhaps this is something we should do on a regular basis. It made us APPRECIATE just how far we've come. Sometimes you just need to stop, look and listen.

Chatting to guests afterwards. Courtesy of Swedish Paleo/ Cecilia Nisbeth Nilsson.  
Anyhow, we're now back in the sticks, digging and shoveling (shit) to our heart's content. :-)

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Time to filter the apple cider vinegar with a contraption inherited from farmor Paulsson. The whole kitchen smells of vinegar. #selfsufficiency #makeyourown #vinegar

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