Sunflower espresso coffee
Two white cockatoo's rampaged our sunflowers this morning, chewing off half of two sunflower heads and knocking over a third entirely. Joe scared them off with arm waving antics, and primitive growls but the were back again within minutes. After an hour or so of charging out into the rain to shoo them away again, it became clear that we simply needed to cut their heads off. The sunflower heads, that is. We chopped off what was left of them and brought them inside. With loads of sunflower seeds at our disposal, its now a matter of what to do with them, so after a little reseach, we decided to try sunflower seed coffee.
|Sunflower seed coffee|
I recalled reading somewhere that sunflower seeds could be used as a substitute for coffee. So we decided to give it a try. Firstly, we roasted the sunflower seeds in the oven until they were brittle. Then we blended them in the blender. A coffee grinder would have probably been better. We used the grinds as normal in our coffee machine. Surprisingly, a watery brown coffee was the result and tasted somewhat like a chai tea. While it was not as strong as regular coffee, it did have a nice nutty taste, and apparently, still contains some caffiene.
Not a bad drop for a morning coffee, but I think we will stick to our Aldi's coffee tomorrow.
|N & G making breakfast for mum & dad|
By the end of day 3, things are beginning to look a little desperate. The relentless rain has stopped any tomatoes from ripening, and the silverbeet has developed rust spots. We have used more than half the carrots and the thought of a lamb roast is depressingly tempting.
|N & G have lunch outside in the tent.|
By dinner time, spirits are a little damp at the FFF HQ. Joe and Noah tried in desperation to catch some yabbies down in the local creek, but the rain had made the creek too swollen to see any yabbies. They returned wet, hungry and covered in leaches. A lovely hot vegetable pie was just the thing to lift the spirits.
While the weather has been miserable today, we wont complain too much. It doesnt seem right with the terrible floods in Toowoomba and Queensland in general, after spending my childhood in Toowoomba, our thoughts are with all the ppl there this evening.