Okay, I’m writing this on Wednesday afternoon at the airport waiting for a flight home that we’ve just found out is delayed by an hour. Anyways, given that I’ll be head down in day job tomorrow and laundry and packing for Melbourne I’m going to cheat a tad for this week’s post and give you a super quick Eucumbene photo wrap-up.
The weather was fabulous – cold, crisp, frosty mornings and cool, sunny days. Unfortunately, this meant no snow where we stay (although apparently, they’re expecting a massive dump of the stuff this weekend…of course) but it also meant no environmental challenges with the campfire.
In previous years we’ve had to deal with all three – snow, wind, rain and extreme cold. It adds a frisson of self-congratulation when the dish works, and something to talk and laugh about when it doesn’t.
There was, however, some of the white stuff a very short drive away for the kids to faff about in, but not nearly as much as in past years. (Note, I just checked the weather and it’s dumping down right now…typical!)
Ok, just look at the colour we got in the sky.
On the camp oven. I made them the traditional way and they were beautifully soft, light and had all the layers they should have. With a lashing of butter and some golden syrup they were just perfect.
It’s out and it’s beautiful.
This year we had the leftover chicken curry jaffle and the Mumbai leftover sausage and cheese jaffle. The latter started life as a cheese and onion jaffle with a sprinkling of cumin, coriander and ginger, and was taken in a new direction with leftover sausage. Nicer than it sounds.
As always we ate amazingly well.
My brother was responsible for a very good chicken curry and some beautifully spicy lamb koftas.
I made a French-style chicken braised in red wine vinegar and tarragon which, I must admit, I congratulated myself quite a bit over.
Together we created a knock-out beef pie with Asian flavours. My brother prepared the slow-cooked beef with amazing Asian flavours…
…and I managed a shortcrust pastry that was mighty impressive, improvising with a wine bottle when there was no rolling pin to be found.
As always, although there is a kitchen inside the cabin we stay in, all meals (other than breakfast) were prepared and cooked outside.
I’d like to give you more pics of the dishes however all the overhead lighting had tripped during our stay so insufficient light for photography.
We call ourselves the Clancys and even found a wine named after us!
I even managed some reading and writing…
The lake is super low at the moment – everything is soooo dry. Apparently parts of the old town are popping up in the lake.
Trees and the whole nature thing…
There’s something about listening to trees and birds that centres you… And in answer to my husband who is reading this over my shoulder, the photo above is the right way up – I took it leaning back in my chair.
It was minus 3 when we left on Monday morning to drive back to Sydney – which made for some lovely winter landscapes.
Okay, it’s Thursday, so time for a little Lovin’ Life with the Lovin’ Life team. The linky is below – you know the drill…