Janette and David left us Sunday morning and flew back to Melbourne after a night in Bunbury. It was a great visit and we really appreciate the fact they made such a big effort to come see us and spend some time together. It’s just a pity the weather was not so nice. I laughed when David christened Walpole Yowie country, but that’s what it felt like in the misty rain that seemed to fall for most of their visit. We still managed to do quite a bit of sight seeing and ate well over the week.
Monday we fished and caught enough to pickle a big jar full, and smoke some too. I’m always happy when I have pickled fish in the fridge as it’s now one of my all time favourite foods to snack on.
On Tuesday, Russ and I drove to Perth so I could see the dentist at 10 am on the Wednesday. I broke a tooth while we were over in Victoria but got it smoothed over until I could see our dentist over here. The Victorian dentist recommended crowning the tooth, so I booked two appointments accordingly. However, when I saw my dentist (To Tam Nguyen at Osborne Dental Clinic) she recommended I have a filling instead and promise never to eat pork crackle again!. That recommendation saved us around $1300 and a second visit to her. Funny, between talking about Vietnam to her, holidays in general with the office manager Janelle, and chatting to Petra the Dutch dental nurse, I’ve decided I love going to the dentist. We spent Tuesday night with Blair and Leah and enjoyed a great dinner out at a local Cambodian restaurant Tamarind (one of our favourite cheap and cheerful places to eat in Perth).
We drove back to Yowie country after my appointment, stopping to buy avocados, pumpkin and tomatoes at farm gates, then did our grocery shopping at Manjimups’ very, very new Woolworths. I love new supermarkets-they are always stocked to maximum capacity in the first few weeks and therefore full of specials. We walked away with quite a few!
Today, we decided to go and fish. Once again we came home with plenty of pickling and smoking fish (love to have the next lot in the fridge) a big feed of flat head (Russ caught the biggest he’s ever caught today) and he caught a huge blue swimmer crab on his fishing line so there was much joy over that! We’ve been here 6 times in 8 years and in the early years, we were told that there used to be crabs in the inlet but they’d been long “gone”. Read “over fished” here!
We arrived here this time to have our neighbour tell us the crabs are back, and they are BIG. Sure are. We came in at lunch time, then headed out with our crab nets. Sadly we caught a female with eggs, so released her and another I couldn’t be bothered cooking and picking. All our baits had been mauled, a couple went missing and one bait holder got ripped right out of the net, so they are there. It’s just a matter of time before we catch some (I hope). We have 18 more days here to do what we love doing the most-fishing and crabbing.
Tonight I’m making crab bruschetta with the first crab we’ve actually caught in 2 1/2 years.
- 1 large crab, cooked and picked (ours was a blue swimmer crab)
- 2 tablespoons whole egg mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 tablespoon finely diced red onion
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan
- squeeze lemon juice
- few drops Tabasco
- 4 slices sour dough bread (ours was olive and rosemary), brushed with olive oil and grilled
- Mix all the ingredients (except the toasted bread) together.
- Divide between the slices of toast, then pop under the griller and til heated through and golden brown.