Farmer Field Find

April 7th, 2013

Hey guys…Everything is going great on the ranch. Just waiting for the snow to melt and the grass to come up…Then hopefully lots of little lambs in May!!

In the meantime. I found this old 1971 Dodge D100 in a Farmers field in Saskatoon. It’s going to be a new project for me and the kids to work on and restore. Thought it would be a good way to pass the days when it’s raining or cold and snowy! The kids love it already and are excited for the project..I am pretty excited too..here it is:

Interior

Outside Pickup #1

engine

Waiting for spring….

March 5th, 2013

Hey everyone! It has been a fairly slow winter with decent weather and a good amount of snow for moisture…We have had a few lambs born already (some ‘oops’ breedings) but the lambs are doing well. Typically we like to lamb out on pasture but every once in a while the rams get into a pen they are not supposed to be and we end up with a few early lambs…

We still have a few freezer packs available and we will be sold out till next November. We hope everyone is enjoying their lambs and freezer packs that you purchased from us this year. We love to hear your feedback so if you have some suggestions or ideas we would love to hear them.

Anyway, I was thinking about taking the old car out for a spin as soon as the snow melts. This nice weather is making me wish it was warm out already! Take care..

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Rallye 350 in Field

Frosty Gets New Tires!

January 18th, 2013

After gettting stuck in the snow and mud too many times I got fed up and put new tires on Frosty the farm truck…Now I can drive anywhere!

Frosty and Jack 2

Frosty Alone 1

Frosty and Jack 1

Frosty and Far Away Jack

New Guardian Puppy

January 4th, 2013

Hey everyone! We just got a new addition to our farm. She is a 5 month old Turkish Kangal puppy to help guard the sheep from coyotes and cougars. Her disposition is fantastic and she is good with the sheep already. We named her Margarita (Margie for short). She also loves our little girl Shelby and is fitting right in to her role and our farm!

We got her from Cody and Liesl Lockhart of Debden, Sk. Here is her webpage : http://candllranch.com/

Shelby and Margie

Margie in the Sheep Pen

2012/13 Restaurant List

December 8th, 2012

f you are looking to try some Tangle Ridge Ranch Lamb we are supplying a number of restaurants in Edmonton and Wetaskiwin…Our lamb is available at:

1) MillCreek Culina

9914 89 Avenue Northwest  Edmonton, AB T6E 2S5

(780) 437-5588

2) Cafe de Ville –

25 Sioux Road  Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4C7

(780) 449-4765

3) Three Boars –

8424 109 St NW  Edmonton, AB T6G 1E2

(780) 757-2600

4) Cruisers Cafe (Pipestone Food C0) –

Reynolds Alberta Museum, 6426-40 ave Wetaskiwin, AB

(780) 352-9596

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Tangle Ridge Ranch Open House!

December 8th, 2012

December 8th and 9th are the open house dates to come pick up your lamb! We will be open from 9-5pm each day. We look forward to seeing all of our customers this year! Come for a coffee and take home your lamb!

Tangle Ridge Ranch on the Prairie Farm Report

December 8th, 2012

Hey everyone!! Make sure you tune into the Prairie Farm Report this weekend on CityTV. Tangle Ridge Ranch will be featured on the episode of small viable farms!

If you miss the show you can catch it online at http://theruralchannel.com/wp/category/prairie-farm-report/ and look for the Small Viable Farms episode #9 for 12/13 season.

Lamb Available!!

November 13th, 2012

Hey everyone…We have expanded again and now have lamb available to new customers. If you have been thinking about ordering a lamb from us, now is the time to get your hands on one! There are a limited number of lambs available and they are going quick.

Lamb will be delivered to Calgary on November 24 and be ready for pick up at our ranch on December 8 and 9th.

Please contact us with your order. We look forward to seeing all of our previous customers and meeting new ones this year!

Braised Lamb Shoulders

October 23rd, 2012

This recipe comes courtesy of my friend Melissa Masters. Some of my most happy childhood memories include putting all my Barbie dolls in the basket of my bike and heading over to Melissa’s to play dolls. Now that we are all grown up, it is fun that we both share a love of food and have new adventures creating meals for our families.

Braised Lamb Shoulders

by Melissa Masters

2 Shoulder chops

Olive oil

salt & pepper

One medium onion

10-15 garlic cloves (can adjust to taste)

1 cup of double strength beef broth (I used Watkins Beef Bouillon)

1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes

2 tsp dried basil

2 tsp dried oregano

2 sprigs fresh thyme

1 tsp paprika

1. Pan sear the Shoulder Chops on all sides in a little olive oil (1-2 Tbsp).

2. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Chop one medium onion (this can be a small to medium dice

4. Put onion and garlic in bottom of crock pot.

5. In a bowl or large measuring cup, mix together broth, tomatoes and spices.

6. Add to crock pot.

7. Place lamb in crock pot and cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on low, or until meat is tender.

I served this with roasted baby potatoes and roasted carrots, but would be quiet nice with mashed

potatoes.

Note: If you would like to thicken the broth to make it into a gravy, here are the instructions

1. Strain broth into a measuring cup and note how much liquid you have.

2. Pour broth into a sauce pan and bring to a simmer over med-high heat

3. Meanwhile, make a cornstarch slurry – for each cup of liquid you have in the pot, you will need

1 tablespoon of cornstarch (ie 4 Cups of liquid = 4 Tbsp of cornstarch) Add an equal amount of

cold water and stir until a smooth paste forms.

4. Whisk the slurry into the hot, simmering broth.

5. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 min or until the starchy taste is gone.

Cheesy Spinach Lamb Pies

October 23rd, 2012

I haven’t been really great at updating recipes, but we are always having fun trying new things out with our lamb! A couple night ago I made a dish I thought was website worthy. Like most meals I make, it wasn’t planned before hand, was just looking for a way to make something out of what I had left in the fridge! So I improvised on a recipe I found online at taste.com.au BTW, I highly recommend visiting this site, I have found lots of tasty lamb recipes on here.

Before Brantley was born, my mom had stocked my freezer with baking she had bought from The Tasty Bakery in Red Deer. With this stash came 4 bread bowls I have been trying to figure out what to do with. Turns out they were perfect for this dish. The original recipe called for phylo pastry, which would be delish, it’s just not something I stock in my fridge!

For the original recipe, click here

For my simplified version, follow the same ingredients and cooking instructions. Just put into a bread bowl and bake for 30 min.

Ready for the oven!

Ready for the oven!

Right out of the oven

The final product ready to eat, Mmmmm

Doing it again, I would experiment with adding fresh mint as a garnish, or substituting the Parmesan cheese for The Cheesiry’s Pecorino. There is something magical about their lamb cheese melted with our grass finished lamb.

Enjoy!