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Health Benefits of Grass Fed Beef v Grain Fed

by Kirrily Blomfield | February 24, 2016

If you’ve ever tasted the difference of beef fed on diverse pastures, there’s an inherent knowing that it must be better for you, because it tastes so good. But why is Grass fed Beef better for us than grain fed beef?

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Grass Fed Beef – How to Cook Each Cut

by Kirrily Blomfield | February 16, 2016

Derek and I often often chat with those who buy and enjoy our beef about suggestions for the best way to cook some of the cuts. We also share tips about how to cook for the best nourishment and share what we know about how this can contribute to good health.

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Cooking Tips for Our Grass Fed Beef

by Kirrily Blomfield | February 10, 2016

Every cut of beef is a great cut – providing you know the appropriate way to prepare and cook it. Chuck steak is one of my favourite cuts, but not if I was to throw it on the BBQ!

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Thai Red Beef Curry – Slow Cooked with Pumpkin or Stir Fry with Vegetables

by Kirrily Blomfield | August 30, 2018

I LOVE Thai red beef curry and I love that I can do it a number of ways – with a quick cook stir fry or a simmered pot, depending on the time I have available.  Having enjoyed several different versions in the last few weeks, it’s on my mind, so I thought I’d share it …

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Hand Whisked Lemon, Olive Oil & Yoghurt Cake

by Kirrily Blomfield | August 28, 2018

This cake is certainly more interesting than a standard lemon butter cake, or even a lemon syrup cake, but still very simple to make.  The olive oil and yoghurt give it a much more complex flavour. Our olive oil has quite a bite to it, so when I first made this cake, I wondered how …

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Satisfying Apple & Almond Cake

by Kirrily Blomfield | July 26, 2018

I love that having olive oil in our product range allows me to sneak in the odd sweet recipe! The problem is, I love to bake cakes and now that I’ve dropped this image in the box above and started writing here – I want to leave and go and bake! OK, I’m back! Yes, I …

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Beef Ribs with Winter Slaw & Mash

by Kirrily Blomfield |

This is the best combination of ease and deliciousness for cooking ribs that I’ve found.  The fresh slaw with dill is the perfect accompaniment to the rich, saucy, beefy ribs!  And for Winter, serving this all on a bed of mash is a great base. This really is a simple recipe.  It doesn’t take long, but …

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Hearty Winter Oxtail Soup

by Kirrily Blomfield | June 19, 2018

This oxtail soup left me feeling well satisfied after dinner the other night.  I’m sure you know the feeling of finishing a meal and wanting to reach for something sweet, like a piece of dark chocolate or berries and cream. I think it’s the body’s way of telling us it needs some immediate energy to aid …

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Moree on a Plate – We’re Coming!

by Kirrily Blomfield | April 17, 2018

Hey Moree – We’re coming to see you again this year! Derek and I (we’re The Conscious Farmer!) are bringing our nourishing Grass Fed Beef to Moree on a Plate on Saturday May 12th 2018. We love to talk about nourishing food and how we can best sustain our bodies with mindful food production and …

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3 Things to Love About Our Beef & What They Mean for Health

by Kirrily Blomfield | April 11, 2018

I’m fascinated by the different comments that our customers make about our grass fed beef and the difference that they notice to some other beef consumed.  But what really interests me is how those aspects relate to the health of our beef and what we’re doing on the farm that might result in this experience …

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Cooking with Mince – Mexican Beef Mince with Roast Sweet Potatoes

by Kirrily Blomfield | March 6, 2018

The sweetness of the baked sweet potatoes and the coolness of the yoghurt that can top this Mexican Mince are the perfect accompaniment to the spices in the mince. Also, I love a meal where the things that top the dish can be placed on the table in bowls when the meal is served – the avocado, the yoghurt and the coriander. It feels more communal as the bowls are passed around and it makes dinner more fun for kids as they assemble their own meals.

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How to Avoid Additives for Better Health

by Kirrily Blomfield | January 31, 2018

We all want to be as healthy as we can be in life and if you’re choosing our beef then you’re likely already quite conscious about your health and your food choices.  There are however, times when we might purchase something that is not a whole food – which can have some undesirable additives in …

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Festive Chocolate & Olive Oil Cake

by Kirrily Blomfield | December 21, 2017

The family and I are off down our dusty dirt road to the Neighours’ place for a Christmas Party tomorrow evening. I’m taking something sweet, so decided on this Festive Chocolate & Olive Oil Cake – made festive with an icing sugar star on top, which looks great against the dark brown of the cake!  …

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Crispy Topped Lasagna

by Kirrily Blomfield | November 9, 2017

This crispy topped lasagna is perfect for filling the tummies of a hungry crowd or for cooking that lasts many family meals.

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Cows Can Heal the Land!

by Kirrily Blomfield | September 14, 2017

We need actively growing plants, pumping life into the soil, and a groundcover of litter from these plants trampled to the ground to protect the soil. We add livestock, managed well, to graze these plants, keeping the pumps going and trampling the mulch to the ground.

Livestock to graze the plan

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Choose Chemical Free Food

by Kirrily Blomfield | July 26, 2017

Pesticides have been associated with a wide number of health issues – they’re used in our environment and present in our food system. Some pesticides used in Australia are even banned from use elsewhere! Making a conscious food choice can be good for you and the wider environment!

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Tips for Wholesome Winter Cooking

by Kirrily Blomfield | May 25, 2017

For winter warmers, I’m reaching for round, blade, ribs osso bucco and diced chuck for slow cooking, but there’s so much more we can do with grass fed beef at the change of the season to keep our tummies warm.

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Spice Roasted Root Vegetables with Sirloin Steak

by Kirrily Blomfield |

A tasty steak can easily transform from a fresh summer meal (with a crisp salad), to a wholesome winter meal when served with roasted root vegetables. Here’s a recipe for roasting with lovely spices and honey.   Ingredients 1 swede – cut into thin wedges 2 parsnip – cut lengthways 2 carrots – cut into quarters lengthways 1/2 sweet …

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Cooking with Chuck – Provencale Beef Recipe

by Kirrily Blomfield | May 2, 2017

Any meal cooked with chuck steak is bound to be delicious and nourishing leaving you feeling totally satisfied – so long as it is slow cooked and slow cooked for long enough. It doesn’t have the most gracious of names, but believe me, it’s a fabulous cut of beef, I think it’s probably my favourite cut. …

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Farm Forage Day – You’re Invited!

by Kirrily Blomfield | April 10, 2017

You’re invited to visit our farm, pick your own olives, have morning or afternoon tea on the lawns, learn about our Grass Fed Beef and chat with us, the farmers – Derek and Kirrily. Sunday, 7th May 2017.

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How Conscious Are Our Food Choices?

by Derek Blomfield | April 6, 2017

How conscious are our food choices? Do we truly understand everything involved to make informed choices? What value do we place on the life of one living creature over another? Do we even know the impact that our food choices might have? How do we change something if we don’t know what to ask? Consciously or not, our choices shape the world that we live in every single day. We’d love you to inform yourself by asking lots of questions about your food.

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Food for Developing Young Brains

by Kirrily Blomfield | February 23, 2017

Are our diets reducing the capacity of our children to learn? “There are two windows of time in which the brain is especially sensitive to nutrition: the first two years of life for a growing baby and the last couple of decades of life for a senior citizen. Both growing and aging brains need nutritious fats”.

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Cooking with Topside Steak – Recipe Ideas

by Kirrily Blomfield | February 22, 2017

Learn the best ways to cook with Topside Steak. Try these recipes for Thai Beef Salad and for these great Steak & Salad wraps that the kids will love to get their fingers into!

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How do I Eat for Best Health?

by Kirrily Blomfield | January 23, 2017

Health always forms part of my goals and the New Year is a great time to refocus on whole, nutritious eating. These are some of the things that I consider when cooking for my family. I’m not saying these things will be right for you, but being aware of how different foods might affect us, can help us to determine if they are right for us.

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Happy Healthy Tummies

by Kirrily Blomfield | November 18, 2016

If you’ve ever had digestive disturbances like a bloated stomach, you’ll know it’s not very comfortable. So, it’s always nice when we solve such a problem for a customer. I was most excited to hear from Derek that we had some feedback from a customer at the Tamworth Grower’s Markets recently that our sausages are the only ones …

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Regenerating our Farm While Producing Healthy Food

by Kirrily Blomfield | September 28, 2016

What if farmers could regenerate and improve their land while producing a healthy product? Well they can, and we do! Derek and I often write or talk about how we are regenerating our land while we produce healthy grass fed beef for you and we want to show you what we mean. We have a …

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Grass Fed Beef Steaks with Cafe de Paris Butter & Caramelised Baby Carrots

by Kirrily Blomfield | September 27, 2016

This Cafe de Paris butter adds a little more to your favourite Grass Fed Beef Steak. Serve with Caramelised Baby Carrots for a wonderful meal!

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Beef & Vegetable Stir-Fry – with cashews & fresh basil

by Kirrily Blomfield | September 15, 2016

A stir-fry is a great easy meal and is a simple way to include lots of vegetables in the meal. Here’s one of my favourite ways to cook a beef stir-fry – and it’s lovely with fresh basil leaves from the garden. Just be sure to cook your beef on a fairly high heat and …

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Silverside Cooking Tips & Beef Rendang Recipe

by Kirrily Blomfield | August 16, 2016

I love this Beef Rendang Curry (and Derek LOVES it too) which I’ve cooked with our silverside cut just this week. Before I share that recipe with you though, let’s look at the different options for preparing a silverside. Silverside is a very lean cut, so not a completely foolproof cut to cook. Fat is …

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See you at Tamworth Farmer’s Markets this Sunday

by Kirrily Blomfield | August 8, 2016

We are at the Tamworth Farmer’s Market this coming Sunday – August 14th. Come and see us there and take home some beautiful, chemical free, grass fed beef. Find out what cuts and hampers we’ll have available.

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Why Grass Fed TALLOW is a Great Choice for Cooking

by Kirrily Blomfield | July 28, 2016

What should you consider when choosing a healthy oil or fat to cook with? Learn why tallow is a healthy and versatile choice.

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How to Cook Bone Broth or Stock

by Kirrily Blomfield | June 21, 2016

There’s quite a bit of hype around bone broth at the moment – and there’s good reason for it! There is a growing recognition of the health benefits of slow cooking and cooking with bones. Making bones broths is great because of the nourishment and health benefits it provides, but also because it helps to make …

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Who’s Gonna Make the Gravy?

by Derek Blomfield | June 1, 2016

I’m proud to say I am the king of sauces, custard and gravy… well in our house, anyway! When we want something smooth and free of any lumps, I’m the go-to-man. So, I’m sharing with you, how to create that smooth, delicious home-made gravy to go with your Conscious Farmer grass fed beef roasts, but this can also …

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Where Does Your Conscious Food Dollar Go?

by Derek Blomfield | May 18, 2016

What benefit is there in buying your produce direct from the farmer? Buying direct from the farmer means choosing who (and what production system or farming methods) you would like to support. When enough people do this, it eventually shapes and influences the farmer’s means of production through supply and demand. Knowing your farmer can …

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Benefits of Cooking with Grass Fed Beef Bones

by Kirrily Blomfield | May 3, 2016

If you haven’t heard about the benefits of cooking with bones then it’s time you found out!  If you have inflammation in your body, or you just want all round wellness from being proactive about your health, then slow cooking with bones and certain cuts is a great choice for you to make… and it’s …

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Eating from Instinct & Grass Fed Beef

by Kirrily Blomfield | March 29, 2016

You may have heard us speak before about how domestic animals, like our cows, still have some instinct to know what to eat for their best health or to fix an ailment.  Wild animals certainly still have this instinct, but what about people?  Do we still have such instincts? Would instinct back up what science …

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Conscious Farmer Twist on the Classic Shepherd’s Pie

by Kirrily Blomfield | February 25, 2016

I love a classic shepherd’s pie and I also love the pumpkin & feta twist that we have put on it. So, cook it traditionally or try our twist – either way, we’re sure you’ll find it a pleaser.

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