I must be starting to sound like the proverbial broken record, with it still being too windy for us to get out and fish. To add insult to injury, it’s now raining as well. Not pouring, but just drizzling enough to make the sand stick like glue to your shoes every time you step outside! I hope the weather improves before we leave here Sunday and head back to Carnarvon. Sunday we managed to slip out for an hours fishing before the wind got up really high and sent us racing back in. Our bravery, in less than pleasant conditions, was rewarded with three spangled emperor. Russ filleted, vacuum packed the two biggest, and kept the smaller one for our dinner Monday night. Sunday night, we had a red meat night enjoying a bone-in rib eye roast with all the trimmings.
Monday, with rain threatening we packed a picnic lunch, a fishing rod for Russ and the camera for me and took a drive down the coastal road. It’s about a 130k round trip through Cardabia and Ningaloo stations along a narrow corrugated, sandy road, then back to Coral Bay along 50 or so ks of bitumen. The coast itself is accessible via narrower and sandier tracks along the way and makes for pretty spots to view the reef and dunes. We didn’t see any whales this year, but I think we are a month or so earlier than last year. Russ caught a couple of cod at our lunch spot and a very angry Undulating Moray Eel. We had a small shark and turtle hang around checking us out most of the time we were there.
It’s interesting to watch the dunes move and swallow up the road and paddocks each year that we visit. The road is totally rerouted now in one spot and stock yards in another are disappearing fast.Today (Tuesday) Russ decided to have an early lunch and brave the water (salt and rain). I’d showered just before lunch so didn’t fancy putting my super smelly fishing clothes on. Instead, I went with him to the boat ramp then walked the couple of ks home along tha sand track above the reef. I’d taken my camera to try and get some photos of the dark clouds looming over the reef.
Dinner was rabbit from the farm at New Norcia. They’d shot and kept us 5 last time we visited in exchange for some fish fillets. It’s a good swap although I miss them living on Jib Jib where they raised wild piglets in the shearing shed and gave us wild pig meat as well. They often give us lamb shanks too if they don’t feed them to the dogs!!!!
Tonight’s dish of Rabbit Cacciatore is from the site Hunt Catch Cook Click on the link to check out this one and some other great game recipes. I’ve made and blogged Rabbit Cacciatore before, but love trying other recipes. I cooked most of two rabbits tonight (the shooters tend to blow away the front legs lol) with plans to make risotto with the leftovers tomorrow.