July 19, 2012, 6:30 am, Gayundah Creek
We've been living 'off the land' here in the Hinchenbrook and have become quite creative with our cooking. We've had fresh mudcrab, chilli mudcrab, mudcrab risotto, pan fried bream, oven baked bream, foil wrapped bream with onions and tomatoes, and a beautiful golden snapper with ginger, shallots, lemon and soy wrapped in alfoil and cooked on the barbie.
Never thought I would get tired of seafood but I've just about reached the point where I'd kill for a steak.
July 13, 2012, 1:09 am, Cardwell
As a 6 week old abandoned kitten Mina found and adopted our family 18 years ago. Feisty and independent as a youngster, she matured into a confident queen, always inquisitive, frightened of nothing. Growing up with a dog the same age (her 'sister' Sasha) probably confused her. What cat do you know who insists on tagging along when the dog is walked, or will openly approach other dogs, daring them to take her on. She was always smart, and always a survivor.
In her later years she showed her softer side and was a loving and more docile companion. She loved to be cuddled and any lap was considered fair game. The purring was instantaneous.
She has lived with us in three different houses in two cities. Twice she was 'rented out' with the house for six months when we went sailing and always forgave us these indiscretions. Then at age 16, she joined us on Redeemed as Ship's Cat and discovered a whole new world of smells and tastes, and our undivided attention.
We will miss her dearly.
July 11, 2012, 12:23 am, Gayundah Creek
Jim did some research and decided to use Pete Evan's recipe. We didn't have cherry tomatoes or fresh coriander leaves to garnish the dish, but we had everything else - ginger, garlic, chillies, shallots, various sauces and the result was magnificent.
Mina loved it too. She positioned herself at Jim's feet under the cockpit table and waited for bits to 'fall'. He was generous, I didn't give up a morsel.