DIY Christmas Cauliflower Casserole

 

A perfect dish to make ahead for Christmas morning, or any time of year. The recipe is great if you are looking for something comforting without too much fuss. The recipe sautés cauliflower with mushrooms and green pepper before adding milk, Swiss cheese and pimientos for a comfort dish with a twist.

The recipe requires 1 hour preparation and cooking time, and can serves 8.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Goat milk
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 large head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1/4 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 jar sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons diced pimientos
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • paprika, optional

 

Directions:

  • In a large pot, cook cauliflower in a small amount of water for 6-7 minutes or until tender but not soggy. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan heat the butter and sauté the green pepper and mushrooms for 2 minutes.
  • Add the flour and gradually stir in the goat milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the cheese. Add the pimientos and salt.
  • Place half the cooked cauliflower at the base of a casserole dish.
  • Pour half the cream sauce on top.
  • Layer more cauliflower on the rest of it and then finish with more sauce.
  • Bake uncovered at 325ºF for 25 minutes.

*You can sprinkle paprika or cheese on top when it bakes, if desired.

 

Nutritional facts:

The Christmas Cauliflower Casserole contains 153 Calories per serving; – Fat 9g, Cholesterol 29mg, Sodium 448mg, Carbohydrates 12g, Sugars 5g, Fiber 3g, Protein 7g.

 
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“Understanding which Goat Breeds Best Suits You”

 

I recommend that you visit farms that raise the breed(s) of goats you are considering. It is imperatives that visiting farms will enable you to determine local availability of quality sires. And, talk to more than one breeder to gain a balanced perspective.

Once you decide on a breed, it is imperatives to learn the breed standards before you make your first purchase. It is also important for predicting goat production characteristics and reproduction consistency. To produce milk, does must be bred and give birth to kids.

Alternatively, this list can assist you to understand  and determine which breed(s) can help you achieve your goals.

List of dairy goat breeds:

  1. Toggenburg – Toggenburg does are at least 26 inches tall and weigh 120 pounds while bucks are at least 28 inches tall and weigh 150 pounds. Hair colour is solid, varying from light fawn to dark chocolate with correct white or cream markings. Does may be black with correct white or cream markings. The ears are erect and carried forward. The bridge of the nose may be straight or dished.

Toggenburgs were among the first purebred dairy goats to be imported into the United States  and registered.

  1. Alpine – Alpine does are at least 30 inches tall and weigh 135 pounds while bucks are at least 32 inches tall and weigh 170 pounds. They have erect ears and come in many colours and colour combinations. The hair is medium to short and the bridge of the nose is straight.

Alpine is known for being a hardy, adaptable animal that thrives in any climate while                maintaining good health and excellent production.

  1. Nubian – Nubian does are at least 30 inches tall and weigh 135 pounds, while bucks are at least 32 inches tall and weigh 170 pounds. The head is the distinctive breed characteristic with the facial profile between the eyes and the muzzle being strongly convex, often referred to as – Roman nose. The ears are hanging down and flaring out and forward at their rounded tip and extending at least one inch below the muzzle. Nubians may be any color, solid or patterned. The hair is short, fine and glossy.

Nubian is also known for the high butterfat and protein content of its milk.

  1. Saanen – Saanen does are at least 30 inches tall and weigh 135 pounds while bucks are at least 32 inches tall and weigh 170 pounds. Saanens are distinguished by solid white or light cream-colored hair. Spots may exist on the skin and a spot in the hair up to 1 ½ inches across is allowable. Saanen ears are erect, and the bridge of the nose is either straight or dished.

Saanen is a favorite for commercial dairies due to its high milk production and calm            temperament.

  1. Sable – Sable does are at least 30 inches tall and weigh 135 pounds while bucks are at least 32 inches tall and weigh 170 pounds. Sables may be any color or combination of colors except solid white or sold light cream. The hair is short, and the ears should be erect. The bridge of the nose should either be straight or dished.

Sables have the same high milk production and calm temperament as the Saanen.

  1. LaMancha – LaMancha does are at least 28 inches tall and weigh 130 pounds while bucks are at least 30 inches tall and weigh 160 pounds. The hair is short, fine and glossy and the bridge of the nose is straight. Any colour or colour combination is acceptable. The distinctive feature of LaMancha is very short ears. Bucks may have ears no longer than one inch with little or no cartilage. Does may have ears up to two inches in length.

LaMancha breed was developed in the United States and is known for its calm nature. It          produces well in a variety of climates and conditions.

  1. Oberhasli – Oberhasli does are at least 28 inches tall and weigh 120 pounds while bucks are at least 30 inches tall and weigh 150 pounds. Oberhasli have short erect ears and the bridge of the nose should be either straight or dished. Oberhasli colour is described as bay, ranging from light to a deep red bay with correct black markings. Does may also be solid black.

This Oberhasli is also known for its calm disposition.

  1. Nigerian Dwarf – Nigerian Dwarf does are at least 17 inches tall and may be no taller than 22.5 inches. Bucks are also at least 17 inches tall and 75 pounds is an average weight. Many colour combinations are common, the ears are of medium length and erect, and the bridge of the nose is either straight or dished. The hair is short and fine. Nigerian Dwarf was also developed in the United States.

This Nigerian Dwarf small does but, the doe produces a proportionate quantity of milk with high butterfat.

 

 

DIY Homemade Lemon Goat Milk Ice Cream

 

Have an eye for something cold and sweet, but not so rich?

This recipe using Stevia, instead of sugar for sweetening, making it a healthier treat.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups goat milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp gelatine -mixed in 1/8 cup warm water and let stand until clear
  • 1/4 tsp stevia powder
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • zest of 1/2 lemon

* Optional;You can add any fruit to this ice-cream and also chocolate if you wish.

Directions:

  • Beat egg and Stevia powder together until creamy.
  • Add lemon and zest and beat until combined.
  • Add goats milk and gelatine and beat until well combined and fluffy.
  • Refrigerate for approximately 1 hour.
  • Process in Ice-Cream Maker for 20-30 minutes.
  • Place in container in freezer.

*Optional;  If you do not have an ice-cream maker, freeze in shallow tray for 1/2 to 1 hour and return to bowl and beat. Repeat this process one more time and then place in container and freeze.

 

Simple Tips to Make Rice Pudding; DIY

 

 

A real classic, and yet so easy to cook in the oven on the weekend.

With less than 30 mins preparation time and 1 – 2 hours cooking time, this recipe can serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 1¾ pints goat milk
  • 3½ fluid oz. pudding rice
  • 1½ oz. butter
  • 2½ oz. super fine sugar
  • 5fl oz. double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • plenty freshly grated nutmeg

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 285°F.
  • Melt the butter in a heavy-based casserole dish over a medium heat. Add the rice and stir to coat. Add the sugar, stirring until dissolved. Continue stirring until the rice swells and becomes sticky with sugar.
  • Now, pour in the milk and keep stirring until no lumps remain. Add the cream and vanilla extract and bring the mixture to a simmer. Once this is reached, give the mixture a final stir and grate at least a third of a nutmeg over the surface. Bake for 1-1½ hours and cover with foil if the surfaces browns too quickly.
  • Once there is a thin, tarpaulin-like skin on the surface, and the pudding only just wobbles in the center, it is ready.
  • Serve at room temperature.

 

More suggestions:

You can add fruit, raisins or jam to the mixture if you prefer, besides plain rice pudding.

 

Nutritional facts

Per serving contains 148 Calories; – Fat 3.5g, Carbs 26.9g,  Fiber 4.9g, Sugars 12.8g, Protein 4.3g, Sodium 114.3 mg.

 

Eggnog Recipe; – DIY

Something for the weekend!

Though Eggnog is high in fat and cholesterol, this recipe using low-fat formula  – goat milk.

Eggnog can be made up to 4 days in advance of drinking, and stored in the freezer. It can be served either hot or cold.

With less than 30 minutes preparation time and no cooking is required. The recipe can serves 6.

Ingredients:

  • 10½ fl oz. goat milk
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tbsp superfine sugar
  • 3 bruised bay leaves
  • 1 tsp ground allspice/Pimenta dioica
  • 2fl oz. vanilla syrup
  • 3½ oz. “golden” rum
  • 3½ oz. cognac
  • freshly grated Nutmeg, to garnish

Directions:

  • Beat the eggs together in a bowl with the sugar.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rest for half an hour.
  • Gently whisk again before straining into a bottle.
  • Chill in the freezer for up to four days

 

 

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