Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mince and the show

Well, we now have about 25 pound of mince in the freezer, a load of strips for biltong and a couple of big joints in the freezer, a load of shanks I have to de-foot tomorrow, and too many tails (they make a very good soup, good, but not as good as oxtail stew - very very rich. I have about 5 pounds of stewed to rags meat from the carcasses, which makes great pies, and is not bad with pasta. I gave 2 wallaby away, and I still have 3 or 4 to process (in the fridge). I'll do some steaks and some stew chunks too. Dog tucker bag is full. Bottles of stock for them too. I do remember in early days missing meat. These days we could (almost) use more fish (I would love some more variety - trevally are great, yellowtail kingfish, King George whiting, snapper, even mackeral are all available, just catching in other than minor quantities a problem (ignorance, not rarity, causes this), squid and shellfish. There are also the deeper water species - stripy trumpeter blue eye trevalla, and dories, and giant crab out there - too far for the small boat, but not out of the question to organise). Scallops... they're here. The shells are all over. I just have to find them, legal size at the right season. It WILL happen, as will the octopus long-line (they are very very common in the fish tummies). We could definitely use more crays (spiny lobsters) as they are a prime trading article. Of course, they are gifts given, but you do know people understand that what is given, comes back around when they have surplus, and not many people have surplus crays, so they're much appreciated. It's a nice way to live. Anyone who thinks it a one-way traffic - to them, quietly finds they're left out. I suppose it takes a small community, and probably wouldn't work that well in town, where all people have to 'give' is what they do for a living or have bought. Mind you I've blessed a few friends who gave me what they'd bought. Peter was high up my gratitude list today when mincing all that wallaby. I ought to make more sausages with some of it.

Tomorrow is show day (the Flinders Island annual show). It seems a very Australian thing: it's a public holiday, and to not go is very bad form. It takes a long time because you will see 200 hundred people you know, and they will be offended if you don't exchange a few words with each and every one, and greet the other 150 you recognise but don't know well enough to chat to. The weather, of course, is typically rotten. Tomorrow looks like it might be an exception though.


  1. How very odd. Here, in the States, it is State Fair Ag show as well. Where the fruits of the past season are shown at the advent of fall. Yet yours is at the start of the growing season. I reckon it's mainly "on the hoof" display; but I would feel odd at such a show without the Giant Pumpkin Contest!

    1. Farther north the fair's/shows are all over already. PA doesn't have a state fair; but the local county ones are july-sept.

    2. Actually, oddly it's a HUGE amount of crafts, wool, and goods for sale from the mainland, equestrian stuff, and always a big axe and saw competition. There is a little livestock, but it's mostly about arts and crafts - paintings , photography, baking, preserves, beer brewing even carpentry. Veggies and flowers too (even a few pumpkins) but the wool is more of a big thing.

  2. Though on second thought I imagine it's a good time to show sheep. "Right, mate, she's loaded with wool _and_ she kept me and me mates warm all winter!" ;)