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About Asphyxia

Food and Nutrition

  • Traditional Foods
    My health has dramatically improved after changing my diet for a more traditional way of eating, as advised by Sally Fallon.
  • Food Flower Poster
    Forget the food pyramid! It was developed by the agricultural industry, not by nutritionists. Instead, print this Food Flower poster, which shows a visual guide to choosing nutritious and satisfying traditional foods.
  • Sourdough bread Recipes
    I make delicious sourdough bread in my bread machine - recipes and tips here.
  • Raw Food
    Should we be eating a diet of 100% raw food? Here's what I found by way of "scientific proof".
  • Raw garlic to cure colds & flu
    If you feel a cold or flu coming on, eat a whole clove of raw garlic, three times a day - it works miracles.

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24 December 2011


Crikey. You are amazing. I wonder if we could do that too...

I am so impressed. I have always thought that I should be prepared to kill what I eat and chickens are the logical first step. I'm inspired by you to take the idea seriously. Maybe when the kids are a bit older. I am sure your chooks will taste amazing!

C & S, I'd be happy to show u what to do. And next time I order birds I could order enough for u guys too if u want. If you aren't sure you have thr stomach for it, you are welcome to come & help me do some of mine - I've still got 12 birds to go. But raising the chicks is a LOT of work, I found, so maybe a good project for when parenting doesn't feel too full on?
Love Fixie xoxo

I agree with Cristi and Sabdha! (And I have been studying your "how to really grow food in your backyard" page for more tips that I've been trying to put into practice.

Do you have space for a garden, Eilis? Great to hear my food growing tips are being of use! And you r welcome to come round for a slaughter if u want to learn what to do :). Happy food producing! Asphyxia

Hi Asphyxia, I came to your blog via the Grassroots page on Facebook. I'm not a big Facebook user, but I do like the way I can "meet" new people through quasi-community pages like the Grassroots one. I wondered about your name and where in AUS you live, so I clicked on your name, then clicked on your website, and now I realise I have spent a good deal of the day reading about your life, your experiences in sustainable living, how to make cider vinegar, and more and more and more. So much for my plans to dig up the garlic crop today. And I can't believe you're doing all that in Northcote! I've lived in Northcote a few times over the years, but always renting, so now really that feasible for doing what you're doing. Four years ago we moved from the city to South Gippsland, and now have 4 acres. Our vegie gardening is lagging sadly behind yours (but I'm all charged up with your info and feeling optimistic) but (and this somehow sounds bad as well as good) we're well ahead in the killing! I remember the awfulness of the first kill (also a chook) and then we progressed on to ducks (somehow harder) and this weekend it's to be mammals - three rabbits which were due to be killed and chucked out as unwanted, so we agreed to take them instead. Part of the deal was if we took them, they didn't have to kill them. We have some vegetarian friends who come here and when we're showing them around, it does seem to be one big slaughter fest: steers for beef, sheep for wool and meat, chooks for eggs and meat, ducks ditto, geese ditto, guinea fowl for meat. Hmmm. But we would like to be able to produce all our own meat, and we would like to know that those animals have had a good life from start to finish. We've also skinned and eaten the snakes that have decided to live on our veranda (they're welcome to live by the dam or anywhere else farther away from the house, but not where we or our poultry live). I'm finding different ways to preserve the food we make and I'm hopeful that we can become more self sufficient in the long run, maybe totally one day. The three of you are living quite an extraordinary life, and it sounds like so much fun at the same time! Look forward to reading more about it. Cheers, Sandy

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