Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A weekend at Cockatoo Lake... Pt 2

Sunday dawned sunny and calm.  We are in for a cracker of a day!
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We went out and pulled the pots with success!  We’ve had a few teething problems with the outboard.  When in doubt... RTM! Read The Manual!  It is still revving too high when idling (we later found out that it needs resetting)...
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Glorious weather!
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Yabby success!
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First cook up...we’re definitely having yabby mornay for dinner! (We bought steak with us, just in case!)...
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Lunch was a triumph apart from the steak, again from Woolies...I reckon it was full of water.  Gus cooked it quickly on the hot barbecue grill but it was grey and tasteless when I sliced it to go on the Thai salad.  Bum!
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It was still enjoyable.  The salad had lettuce leaves, mint, coriander, chilli, capsicum, cucumber, tomato, red onion and mango. The dressing was fish sauce, sesame oil, lime juice and zest, chilli, chilli flakes and castor sugar.  The bottle of rosé had been knocking around in the camper wine rack since we went to Tasmania in September 2016 - it was fantastic! So much so that we went online and ordered 6 more bottles! 
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Across the lake, you can see other crowded camp sites...we prefer the quiet on this side of the lake.
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Another good haul...
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Bob and Suzi...
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Our camp...
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It was rather a hot day in the end. At one stage, we put our deck chairs in the water to cool off.  I went for a swim in the afternoon but the lake has a very muddy bottom and I kept thinking my toes might get nipped by a yabby! 
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We never tire of the Aussie bush.  The bird life is very noisy at the lake, always squarking cockies, cookaburras and other water birds.  Beautiful!
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Dinner was lovely.  Gus heated up the vol au vents in the BabyQ, I heated the sauce on the stove and added the yabbies...
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...and ta dah! Delicious yabby mornay...
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I had made golden syrup dumplings earlier in the evening - these were a very good camp dessert as they are just made in a saucepan.  When we wanted to eat them, I just reheated quickly then dolloped with cream! So good!
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I pre-measured the ingredients to take with us...
Monday morning, such a pity we have to go...but we are nearly out of water and our power is getting low so we must head home...
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We pulled the pots one last time and got this lot which I cooked when we got home. We got 63 in total.  We need more pots for next time! 
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Cherrs - Joolz xx

A weekend at Cockatoo Lake... Pt 1

With Ruby packed with our inflatable dinghy, we were off to Cockatoo Lake in search of yabbies!
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The outboard motor had to travel in the nosecone of Pearl...not ideal but for this first trip, the only solution.
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My menu plan for the weekend...
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Indian spices for the chicken...
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Sealed in a zip lock bag, ready for dinner...
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I made the mornay sauce, ready to receive yabbies!
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We stopped off at Fodder in Coonawarra on the way, for lunch...a delicious tasting platter...
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…then salt and pepper squid and a lovely fresh, straight out of their garden, tomato salad...
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...a flavour explosion!
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We got to Cockatoo Lake and the main camp area was swarming with people so we went around the other side and found our preferred spot was empty and waiting for us!   Score!
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We set up Pearl then it was time for a little G&T...
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Gus inflated Bob the boat...
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Ready to launch...
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We went out for a putter.  It has been very windy today so not ideal boating conditions on the lake, very choppy.  We set the yabby pots and hope to get a feed tomorrow...
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The Indian chicken was alright but a bit dry.  I blame the Woolies chicken tenderloins...otherwise, great flavour...
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Joolz xx

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A windy stay at Beachport...

We had a 70th birthday to go to in Beachport on the 6th, so we hooked up Pearl and headed back to Beachport to stay the Saturday night...even though we’d just got back from Beachport of Wednesday, 3rd.

We were in the front beach caravan park.  It was very windy the whole time we stayed there...
The amenities were a long way away too but were clean and the showers were good and hot.  Because of the wind, we really didn’t make camp up outside.  We got battered with wind all weekend!
Dinner before we went to the 70th was toasted ham and cheese sandwiches.  They were providing supper at the party.
Next day, Gus set about installing a little table in Pearl.  We have a long white table for meals but this is more a happy hour table.
It is a lacquered chopping board that we bought from Zema Estate Wines at Coonawarra.  We then purchased the round fitting that it is screwed to (from Ultimate Campers).  It then sits on a pole in the floor.

Ta dah!  It is perfect and takes up less room that the other table.
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Sunset...

Camp breakfast - egg and bacon sandwiches!  We stayed two nights in the end, heading home early Monday morning.  Beachport is only about 32kms from home...

Cheers - Joolz xx
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