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Spring, Goats, and Potato Pancakes with Sweet Corn Tomato Salad

It’s a chilly Spring morning and I’m keeping warm with hot cups of dandelion mocha made with roasted dandelion root, real maple syrup, and raw cocoa. Delicious!

I love these cool mornings before the heat of the day sinks down and simmers a heady scent of alyssum, rosemary, and earth. The fields are filling with daisies and tiny purple and yellow flowers and it looks so beautiful when I’m out there with the goats.

Spring feels good.

It’s been a lovely weekend. Bear and I worked on all sorts of projects together: gardening, fence-building and mending, and putting together our new farm blog. Click here if you’d like to take a look. We’re so excited to start selling goats, ducks, and geese and share a deeper glimpse into life on our Aussie farm.

When we weren’t working or taking cuppa breaks on the sunny veranda, we were chuckling at the antics of the baby goats who have progressed from teetering to spirited gamboling over rocks and logs and each other.

Once moment they’ll be standing still like little goat dolls and then with a shiver they’ll be galloping and leaping like crazy marionettes while their mothers placidly munch away on grass and fallen leaves.

The best part is when you pick one up for a cuddle and within moments she falls fast asleep in your arms.

With the warmer weather we’re eating on the sun-drenched veranda again, basking in luscious warmth and scented breezes as we eat and chat.

For breakfast yesterday we had savory potatoes pancakes topped with a zesty sweet corn tomato salad. I don’t usually eat corn since it is genetically modified and difficult to digest, but once in a while I simply crave milky sweet corn and happily give in to that craving. Sweet corn is especially nice in a fresh salad like this with ripe Roma tomatoes and crunchy snow peas.

What did you do this weekend?

PS – The winner of the Wood-Burning Giveaway was Val from More Than Burnt Toast. Your parcel will be shipped this week, Val! πŸ™‚

Potato Pancakes with Sweet Corn Tomato Salad
serves two


6 potato pancakes (click here for recipe)
2 cobs sweet corn, corn removed with knife
2 Roma tomatoes, cored and diced
handful of snow peas, sliced
1 lemon, juiced, pips removed
2 Tbsp olive oil
small bunch fresh dill, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
sea salt and pepper


  1. Keep pancakes warm while you prepare salad.
  2. In medium bowl add corn, tomatoes and snow peas.
  3. In small bowl whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, dill, garlic, salt and pepper until emulsified.
  4. Pour dressing over vegetables and stir gently until evenly coated.
  5. Arrange three pancakes on each plate and top with generous scoop of salad.
  6. Serve immediately.
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Krista - Oh good, @purpletravelkate:disqus ! πŸ™‚ I hope you like them. πŸ™‚

purpletravelkate - Those goats are soooooo cute! And potato pancakes make me think of home! I’m going to attempt this at the weekend πŸ™‚

Krista - It is quite a crazy, lovely life, @71eb07213759ab4e5611e1dd9f1df8a7:disqus πŸ™‚ Sometimes I’m SO exhausted but it’s worth it waking up to gorgeous sunrises and baby goats and cuppas on the veranda. πŸ™‚

Krista - Aren’t they SO huggable, @monet_anecdotesandapples_com:disqus ? πŸ™‚ Such darling little creatures. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, @inspiringtravellers:disqus πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for you guys to visit one day!!

Jamie - Wow what an amazing life you lead… my husband’s dream, really! Good for you and Bear for making it happen! And love the idea of savory pancakes.

Monet@anecdotesandapples.com - These potato pancakes look delicious. What a wonderful way to start the day. And oh my goodness, those goats are too precious. I want to leap through the screen and hug one!

Andrea and John - Oh so gorgeous! I love little goats… Going to check out your new farm blog now =)

Krista - It is very calming, @OrgasmicChef:disqus πŸ™‚ I like to save feeding them for last so that I can sit with them and let all the cares of the day slip away. πŸ™‚

Maureen | OrgasmicChef - How wonderful it must be to pick up one of those littlies. I think it would instantly be calming, especially if they fell asleep.

Your potato pancakes and salad look amazing and I’d eat that on the verandah too!

Krista - I didn’t know that, @GlobalButterfly:disqus ! But that makes me doubly happy I’m drinking it. πŸ™‚ It’s so good to know that things that taste good are so healing too. πŸ™‚

Krista - I sure am loving it, @wanderingsheila:disqus πŸ™‚ It’s so fantastic to be able to eat breakfast outside in the sun and be warm. Hooray for getting your kids all ready for school! That must be such a relief. πŸ™‚ Well done!

Krista - I’m so glad you love them too, @gittegentile:disqus πŸ™‚ I have NO idea where they get it from, but it sure is fun to watch as I rest my weary self on the grass. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, @abbytegnelia:disqus πŸ™‚ It was such lovely morning light I had to capture it. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad to know dandelion is good for the liver! Trust me, I need that too. πŸ™‚ I’ve been wicked sick for a couple years and anything healing to the body is my friend. πŸ™‚

Krista - I can’t get over them either, @breannemosher:disqus Every single day they make me smile and burst out laughing. πŸ™‚ Togetherness is wonderful, isn’t it? πŸ™‚ xo

Krista - I hope you like the pancakes, @kitgolson:disqus πŸ™‚ They’re one of our favorite savory breakfasts around here. πŸ™‚ I hope you get to make it to Oz this winter and bask in some warmth and sunshine. πŸ™‚ xo

Krista - How hilarious that you got lost here, @disqus_Hpbse5mymi:disqus πŸ™‚ It is a lovely area to get lost in, I must say. πŸ™‚

Andi Perullo de Ledesma - I so want a baby goat now!!! Soooo sweet! And dandelion is a Chinese herb, did you know?

Cathy - I bet you are loving the fact that the weather is warming up Krista. I love the look of your pancakes – yum! I can’t get over how fast the weekend went. I got most of the things that were needed for my children to start back at school this week (new school year). It was certainly a productive weekend and lovely weather too πŸ™‚

Gitte Gentile - I LOVE those baby goats πŸ™‚ they are just like little children, where ever do they get all that energy from.

Abby - Love the look of the potato pancake dish! I also happen to start every morning with dandelion root tea. It’s great for your liver (something I am betting is much more of a concern for me than you!), and I just love the taste.

Breanne @ This Vintage Moment - Those goats are SO adorable. I can’t get over them, I love seeing all their little antics. And that is my favourite type of weekend, lots of projects accomplished, time together and cups of delish savoured. XO

kitgolson - MMMMM… delicious! will have to try those pancakes… enjoy your spring and advent of summer… we are sad to bid her farewell but will have to travel down under for taste this winter! bisous Kit

Jeanie - Yum – and how cute are those little goats! And looking at your farm site, I think I may have been lost in your neck of the woods about 13 years ago. Thanks for popping by mine.

Krista - They really are, @9dcd21a2e4327e038655f94d133b8b38:disqus πŸ™‚ Some are a little more skittish than others, but they’re so sweet. πŸ™‚

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - What sweet lil goats!! They look so affectionate and adorable πŸ˜€

Krista - It was definitely hearty, @lizstrayedtable:disqus , and kept us going through our chores. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your kind words. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you so much, @heguibertorsouza:disqus πŸ™‚ I admit I HATE seeing the little ones grow up. πŸ™‚ I love them at this stage. I haven’t read that book but another friend recently recommended it as well, so now I must read it. πŸ™‚ I love corn too – so this resignation of yours I will happily share. πŸ™‚

liz @ Strayed Table - That looks like a really hearty breakfast. Love your farm site and those goats are so cute too.

Heguiberto R Souza - Hi Christa, good luck with your new site. These goats look so cute I’d have hard time seeing them go πŸ™‚ Speaking of goats have you read the book Goat Song? It’s about this writer that lives in NYC and moves to Vermont to make goat cheese! I love it and even wrote a review about in on weirdcobos (http://weirdcombinations.com/2009/09/goat-songs/). Time to read it again…
I think your life style is fantastic and am I happy for your πŸ™‚ These pancakes look incredible too. I love corn and corn cannot reproduce in nature without human intervention so I am resigned to the fact that this is a man made grain and it is a delicious one!

Krista - Thank you so much, @disqus_2LQ5qLN5aY:disqus πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you’re pleased. xo

bellini - As I mentioned I am thrilled to receive one of your creations Krista. I continue to love reading about your life in Australia.

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