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Published: September 11th 2014
Bush Cocktails and Camp Ovens
Win Tasting at Skipworth Wines Yarloop
This was Kangaroojack’s first official trip, not including the Karakin clean-up, so we were hoping for a good one.
We are not the type of people who feel they need to shepherd or mollycoddle individuals, and in the various groups, clubs and societies that we have been part of have always had the same approach, that is we are happy to organise, but not micromanage.
We arrived at Lake Brockman, Caravan Park on a very gorgeous Friday afternoon around 3.00pm and set up camp, and we were looking forward to being with our friends and having some fun.
With Gypsy, our camper trailer, all set up, we awaited the arrival of our fellow members and it wasn’t long before possibly the clubs newest member Wayne arrived with his kids, soon followed by Mark and Angela Follett (Mac1) then Andy Bayley and Karen Griffin (Aybee) and Peter and Leigh Walker (Walkabout).
Because of the embargo placed by the Senior Constable of the fun police, on my activities, that is Caroline, not letting me go and cut some wood, Mark and Angela were good enough to go an arrange some fire wood and came back with a truck full,
Jacks new Number Plate, VKS 1136 is our HF radio call sign.
dutifully dumped it around the fire pit. Caroline and I had already got the fire going, with what wood was available around the campsite, so by the time MAC 1 brought the wood back there was plenty of fire to build on, and certainly enough to give us coals to site the camp ovens on.
Kangaroojack prepared their signature dish (Chicken Curry) and Karen Griffin prepared their delicacy meat stuffed capsicums and potatoes. When both the dishes were cooked they were served around to all who wanted such fine dining and I have to say they were both very strong dishes, our Kangaroojack curry is a pretty foolproof dish which was served with rice in a tortilla like basket, but when the stuffed peppers were served they were an absolute knockout, such a flavoursome dish and very filling.
Caroline was experimenting toasting a giant marshmallow with a Kahlua filling, but with limited success, and said she was going to try to perfect it for Saturdays offering.
A beautiful moonlit evening around the campfire, it wasn’t just the peppers and potatoes that were stuffed, we were too, yum! Andy wandered off to bed early and I have to
be honest I also crashed before 10, followed by everyone else soon after.
It was a warm night and it was lovely to be sleeping in Gypsy, all the windows were open, the night air was calming and after recent events it felt good to breath the fresh country air and relax.
Somewhere around 4am I heard a plip plop on the roof, it started to get quicker so I jumped out of bed to close some of the windows, otherwise the rain would have come in and soaked us. I saw a flashlight flicker outside, someone had gone to move the chairs that had been left next to our campfire, so that they were not soaked in the morning.
We woke to a very soggy morning, it had started to hurl down at about ten to four and didn’t really stop, after breakfast and when we all rallied we decided to drive into Harvey as a few provisions were required then a short drive onto Skipworths Wines were we did some wine tasting and given a historical tour of not only the history of Skipworths wines, but a tour of
a lot of their sample bottles.
We all made purchases of some of their fabulous Fortified Wines (which for some crazy reason he is not allowed to call it port) but their Ruby (Port) was just awesome, rich, fruity and such a fresh clean solid taste we just had to buy a couple of bottles, as did everyone else.
From Skipworth’s we went and paid homage to the Pinjarra Bakery in Waroona then drove back to camp as it was siesta time and as Caroline is Chief Constable for the fun police I am expected to rest at every opportune moment.
I will say that I know she is doing it for the best reasons and I really am not taking this lightly.
The rain was lashing it down in stair rods and there was no chance of doing a camp oven on an open fire as everything was just soaking so the only alternative was to do it in the camp kitchen which was half the reason as to why we chose the Lake Brockman site in the first place, so we all set to and started to think about food.
We still had
a truck load of Chicken Curry to eat so the Pork rolls with Apple sauce that we had planned will be done next time and the economics of eating all the curry came in to play.
Due to the shear enthusiasm of the members it was quite evident that if everyone did a camp oven full of food, there would be a mountain to great tucker to eat but not enough people to eat it so we suggested that some people should just enjoy the eating and did not need to cook.
Leigh and Peter (AKA Walkabout) pulled out a cracker, a chicken dish we named the Walkers Mediterranean Fantasy, followed by Mark and Angela (Mac1) who did a magic Chicken Thai Green Curry that was yum, we (Kangaroojack) reignited our Chicken Curry followed by Karen the Attractive half of the Aybee team by doing three (3) yes three deserts, Butterscotch Sauce Cake, Chocolate Orange Cake and Ginger & Golden Syrup Cake all served with ice cream what could be better.
After dinner the girls set about mixing some of the vast array of booze we had into Mmm “Cocktails” of a fashion, Brian Brown and Tom
Cruise would definitely be disappointed, still the girls were having fun.
Caroline pulled out what she called a Dusty Kangaroo Paw, which was OK whilst Leigh and Karen, forgot to give things a name and just started handing round their potions.
Karen had brought some really cool illuminating cocktails glasses which were great and Caroline and I had made some jelly shots which were ok, everyone seemed to enjoy them.
My eyes were hanging out of my head at about 8.30 and said that I needed to go to bed so I made my apologies and wandered off.
Despite the tasters of cocktails nobody really felt the effects, but we had all enjoyed the evening of cooking, tasting and generally socialising.
The next morning Caroline told me that Trev and Peta had turned up just as everyone was going to bed which was around 10.00pm.
When we wandered over to the camp kitchen on Sunday morning, Trev and Peta, were standing there and I said we amazed they had turned up, which was really good, with the weather and all I wouldn’t have been surprised if they would have not bothered.
Peta, also slipped off early as they had stuff to do and when we all rallied ourselves the plan was to dry our awnings and canvas in the wind that was blowing whilst we went and had a drive to the Stirling Dam.
Whilst we were out the weather certainly perked up but just before we got back to camp it absolutely lashed it down again and soaked everything. Not deterred we finished packing up and pulled away from the Lake Brockman Caravan park at around midday, twenty minutes later we were back in the bakery in Waroona for a pie and a coffee.
We had all had an awesome weekend and decided that we would have to do it again, perhaps with half the amount of food.
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