I’ve been eating very well the last couple of days, courtesy also of my good friend ‘The Hanimal’ who was here on Thursday. He brought a couple of T-Bone steaks from the mainland and is on his way back home to Switzerland after a short holiday in New Zealand – visiting his number 1. I am glad he made time to come out to BENIsLAND to visit me considering his full-on schedule and it was great catching up, sharing a couple of stories from the older days when we studied in the same institu(tion) and to showing him a little of Great Barrier Island.
Last week I received my first pay, considering all the outgoings I had in the last 3-4 months it is a great feeling knowing that money is coming in again. I’ve been doing a bit of gardening, but can’t say it is going well at all. The top soil here looks okay, but like most places in New Zealand once you start digging a bit you quickly encounter clay. Therefore, turning the ground over does not seem to do the job and I am trying to take top soil and raising up the soil where I want to grow on. This is somewhat tedious and the results so far are not too motivating. I planted some 20 tomato seedlings into planter bags, perhaps 2-3 weeks ago I planted another batch of 18 of those seedlings. They seem to have stopped vegetating though… Let’s see what these will do.
The signs of spring are evident, more floral action, trees are blooming and yesterday marked the start of daylight savings.
I didn’t get much done today, feel quite exhausted and after cutting some firewood decided to take it easy, turn the generator on, write a new post and just relax. My self-made 12 V generator uses a bit less than half a liter of diesel per hour, so I was startled to hear it stop after an hour. Turns out there is a leak somewhere, I got as close as I could to inspect it, and although my face was covered in diesel moments ago, I still cannot pinpoint the leak. So yeah, right now it leaks more diesel than it combusts… Another item on the ‘to-do’ list.
I went on a bike/rockfish yesterday with my mate. We had plans to pedal to Cape Barrier but plans change, especially at 0600 in the morning when you are still half asleep, and we biked down to the light house by Tryphena wharf instead.
The fishing was also calm and quiet, she was hard work, my mate berleying up with luncheon and me doing so with kina. We managed to (just) catch a feed. I landed a snapper and a kahawai.
Seems like it is going to rain heaps today, this is good. Gives me an excuse to sit inside and take it easy and more importantly feeds the trees and tops my drinking water up. In the following a couple more pictures and my recipe for bread.
The T-Bone is my favorite kind of steak. It contains meat from the most prized cuts of beef, the short loin and the tenderloin, has a good amount of fat around and also marbled into the meat, which makes it superb on the BBQ. It costs on average 17 NZD/kg, while sirloin and eye fillet cost around 30 NZD/kg and 40 NZD/kg, respectively. For dinner I stir-fried the veges and grilled the T-Bone.
I cooked a T-Bone steak sandwich for Friday night. You can read on my bread recipe at the end of the post.
Yesterday, Saturday night, I cooked my famous Kahawai Green Curry with rice.
- Mix 1 cup of milk and 3 table spoons of vegetable oil and warm slightly
- Mix the following dry ingredients in a bowl
- 2.5 cups of flour + a bit for kneading, 1.5 teaspoons of salt, 1.5 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of yeast or baking powder.
- Once the milk and oil is warm, pour the dry ingredients and mix together with your hands to form a dough. Tip out onto a lightly floured bench and knead for 5 minutes.
- Cover and allow to rest 30 minutes.
- Divide the dough and roll it out to the desired thickness.
- Place onto a hot stone or fire place, a minute per side or longer, depending on the thickness.
A shout out to ‘The Hanimal’, hope you had a good flight back to Zurich, cheers for making the time mate and looking forward to having you both over here during the Christmas period.