Saturday, October 30, 2010

Retrospective Miscellany

How's that for a blog title?

What it means, of course, is that I haven't posted for a while and I'm cobbling together something to make amends. There are two themes: food, and the shack at Boat Harbour.

While the Cuisine de Jeannie may not be as exotic as some to which this blog is linked, she does do some Very Good Things. For a long time I have carried the memory of a steak and kidney pudding (and yes, that's pudding, not pie) that she once made, and she was recently persuaded to do it again. Oh so good, and my excuse to the Heart Foundation is that we don't eat like that very often. Steak and kidney pudding may well be what robust Australian Shiraz was designed for in heaven: the perfect accompaniment.

Jeannie's steak & kidney pud.
Seriously luscious.

Once upon a time I had to use my wiles to persuade innocent students to come on field trips and spend a day digging up burrowing crayfish in the rain. It was generally hard to get anyone to come twice, but one factor that greatly increased the chance was to offer a slice of Jean's egg and bacon layered pie. Seen here in its "just out of the oven" mode, it is perhaps even better cold the next day.

Egg & bacon layered pie.

So much for food. I write this from Boat Harbour, where the rain is pouring down on our trim, re-painted and refurbished shack. More of this in a later post, but our two previous trips involved care and maintenance, and a little respite for Jo and Marty Roo while Jac was away in the US.

We hired a 4 cubic metre skip and spent a couple of days dealing with the excess vegetation (including the kiwi fruit on the bottom fence which had been trimmed, without invitation, by a neighbour). While I did the heavy lifting, Jean did a wonderful job trimming the debris into small lengths to maximise the carrying capacity of the skip. The guy who collected was so impressed he said he was going to take it back to the depot to show them what could be achieved with care.

The shed with associated debris.
The shed was almost invisible under the jasmine & kiwi fruit.

Jeannie's skip.
Not much spare space in there.

Jo and Marty came up at tulip time, and the little fellow generally had a great time, apart from being mown down by an errant toddler, thus collecting a mouthful of rich basalt soil and a graze on the cheek.

Tulip fields forever?
Table Cape, just west of Wynyard.

Off to see the tulips.
Marty, Jeannie and Jo.

This is fun!

Well, fun most of the time.
Slightly scarred Roo.

But generally, life's good.
In the laundry basket in Granma & Papa's bedroom.


  1. Sounds like fun, and that Steak and Kidney Pud looks simply divine! Can't wait to go up and see all the work that has been done on the shack! :)

  2. Hurrah Papa,
    Thanks for the post . . .
    We had a great tim up there with you and Marty's head hardly looks bad in that photo! It was just the crying that upset you and Mum.
    Can't wait to see photos of the painted shack, am a bit worried about the under colour now.
    Talk soon, lots of love,
    Jose, Jac and Roo

  3. Awesome post title and I love the pics, especially that last one. I would surely like to taste that pudding!

    Can't wait to see pics of the shack 'update' but all in good time. Have fun!

  4. Awesome post.I like it.The awesome capture of the farm.I like tulip field,appears so amazing and beautiful.

  5. Hey, you're back :-) great to read your blog... lovely to picture it all and I Love Jeannie's cooking :-) Great to see Jo too and how little Marty is growing xx

    word verification facipy... a very quick recipe?

  6. Loved the post and caught up with some news. The food looks fantastic, my other half would have loved to share, me also.
    Those tulips are a highlight to a little Roo's experience. The colours are beautiful and just loved the photo's. Sorry the experience was marred by an errant toddler, poor little Roo.
    The shack is certainly showing your hours of work, well done to all.