Yesterday, we took the 472k return trip to go shopping in Carnarvon. Russ and I have travelled up and down this coast a number of times over the years and whichever way we are going, we always include a two or three day stay in Carnarvon to shop. Carnarvon is on the Gascoyne River which provides the water for an amazing irrigation scheme. All sorts of fruit and veg are available at little stalls scattered around the area, with North and South River road offering the most.
We did a big grocery shop at the local Woolworths, bought a windscreen repair kit, fishing reel and hooks, hair clippers for Russ and 5 litres of porta loo chemical for me.
After searching the net when I ran out of it, I tried making my own loo sanitiser with Napisan and natural yoghurt, but have to say it was a dismal, disgusting, smelly failure! And I should know, I’m the one who uses and empties the toilet.
Russ and I rarely eat out, so we treated ourselves to a counter lunch at the Carnarvon hotel overlooking the Facine. The pub was recommended to us by the woman at the ships chandlers where we got our fishing gear and chemicals, and I can report I had the biggest and best hamburger I’ve ever eaten in my life-can’t think what they’d need to do to improve it apart from make it easier to get in your mouth.
After our regular shopping, and on our way home we did our farm gate stops. First was Morels for maybe the best herbs we ever get the chance to buy, and a green papaya. Mrs Morel very nicely pointed out to us that our green papaya was for salad and would never ripen-we said we knew that and even had the special papaya shredding tool. She told us she was impressed lol.
We visited two 2more of our regular farm gates for a box of tomatoes, zuchs cucs, chillies, corn, capsicums, a few kgs of Carnarvon delicious little bananas and a couple of eggplants. The box of tomatoes was sold to us as 10kg but the woman kept piling tomatoes into it and Russ reckoned it looked and felt more like 12 or 13kg.
We were sad to hear at the second of these plantations that the dear little fox terrier who used to greet us had died when a pole fell on him. The pole was part of repairs being carried out after the huge 2011 floods.
I was pleased to be home fairly early (around 5pm) as the cattle had started to wander on to the highway as we drove, and there was plenty of evidence of those that never made it across the road in the dead bodies along the way.
Today I made 5 cup Chilli Jam with the beautiful chillies I bought yesterday. It’s a simple recipe I’ve made often. If you want to make a bigger batch, just increase in equal amounts-so a cup, litre or bucket of each ingredient so long as you have a suitable sized pan! Today mine was one noodle bowl of each.
5 Cup Chilli Jam
- 1 cup diced hot chillies
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup sultanas
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 cup sugar
- Place the ingredients in a pan. Stir until the mixture boils and the sugar has dissolved.
- Cook until the mixture turns a rich brown and is a relish consistency. Stir often as it thickens so it doesn’t catch.
- Ladle into sterilized jars (I do mine in the oven) and seal. Label when cool.