What a great Labour Weekend it was. The mighty All Blacks won the 2011 Rugby World Cup yesterday by beating the French in the finals 8-7 at Eden Park, Auckland. This is the second time New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup since its inauguration in 1987, which was then also hosted in New Zealand. The game could have gone both ways but the All Blacks – with the entire nation behind them – played strong and smart, and didn’t let the game slip away. Although it was very nerve-racking at stages. The match-winner was in my eyes Stephen Donald who stepped up to kick a match-winning penalty, after a few kicks were missed. The most valuable player (the MVP) is without question Ma’a Nonu.
So what have I been up to last week? Work is full-on at the moment, which is good. Oh yeah, we had strong south-westerlies for a few days and I didn’t get a chance to go out for a fish. We wanted to take the boat out and deploy the long-line, but the sea was strong for most of the weekend. I spent some hours on site working on my gardens. Digging up soil, mixing it with sand thus making it more friable. I enclosed an area which seems to be the most sheltered spot that however still gets a lot of sun and have sown seeds for climbing beans, sweet corn, chili, cucumber and capsicum.
Not too sure if that is baby spinach or what. I’ve got an empty pack of baby spinach seeds. The mesclun salad mix is probably the best salad I’ve eaten. It has a bit of a nutty tang to it and mixing it with the mustard adds a hint of spice.
The other garden patch is susceptible to the winds and is only suitable for vegetables that can handle a strong gust. The radish are pretty much done, they taste very good too. I’ve planted some silver beet seeds and pumpkins.
So yeah, I’ve been busy – gardening is a tough sport I tell you – and although it takes many hours to get a bit done it is good to see progress. I went for a quick fish today, it has been again more than a week (not good). The fishing was not good either, I don’t recall having bites at all. While waiting and hoping for a fish to come by I netted a couple of crabs, ate a couple of kina whilst on the rocks and found one paua. I love Thai cuisine and had a few authentic salads, amongst them also crab salad, in Thailand.
I didn’t have some of the ingredients for a proper Thai Crab salad, but whiffed out the following:
- 3 crabs
- table spoon of fish sauce
- table spoon of soy sauce
- 2 tblspoons olive oil
- 1 onion
- mesclun salad, mustard
- one paua
- 3 radish
I fried the paua with the pieces of crab in olive oil for about 2 minutes and added them to the bowl of salad. There is a very specific procedure when it comes to making good salads and unfortunately I can’t write about it here. This is so, as it is getting a bit late and I should start a fire and because there are some mosquitoes biting me at the moment. Anyway, here’s the final dish.