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I love to cook, I've always loved to cook.

As a young girl, my time was spent reading the cookbooks that mum kept in the bottom kitchen drawer. Always looking for a new recipe to try, a new food idea. Many weekends were spent making rainbow cakes with as many colours as possible – have you seen my Instagram, not much has changed, and looking for recipes that I could cook using what was available in the cupboard or from the vegetable garden.

At the aged of about 16, I remember stating that I wanted to leave the farm and travel the world. This would be followed by retiring by about 30 and moving back to South Gippsland to grow vegetables and cook. From 16 fast forward 20 years and I returned, starting Jacican Food Studio in Mirboo North, Gippsland where I grow vegetables and cook. This blog is where I share my food adventure.


Meet Chicken Number 1.

Meet chicken number 1

A few months ago I noticed she wasn't hanging out with her friends as much. She was in the coop, on her own - a lot.

This has happened before - quite a few times - and it's a sign from her that she's broody. She wants to be a mum -I thought about setting up at Tindr account for her to find the rooster of her dreams.

The only trouble with this is we have no rooster (hey, we live in town, so I'm sure the neighbours will thank us for that decision). I put out the call for some fertilized eggs - luckily, Chicken Number 1 isn't fussed that they aren't actually her eggs. I got the eggs, she settled in, and three weeks later...

Baby chickens

Seven of them!


Chicken Number 1 with her babies

Chicken Number 1 is now hard at work teaching her babies how to be chickens. There are lots of lessons in scratching dirt, making appropriate chicken-like noises and in following mum about (they're still working on that one).


When they grow up, they'll look like this - Chicken Number 2:

A Rhode Island Red chicken at Jacican

A Rhode Island Red.

Welcome to the family, babies!


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