Life at the end of the road

June 27, 2011

Most pleased :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, food, stonework — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:59 pm

It’s only 19:30 and that’s me in for the night now after what must have been my most productive day for weeks. No lounging in bed for me today, the contrast with yesterday could not have been more marked and I leapt out of bed with an enthusiasm that I’ve not seen in a long while. No school football to distract me, no sports day, no trip to Portree for feed and what’s more a good forecast, perfect for a day on the croft 🙂

After the usual feeding wifey and I took the boy down to start his last week at primary school and collect some stones for the paths in the veg patch.

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JST were busy as usual ferrying timber down to the floating pier at Suisnish ready for the MV Fingal to take it away.

Fingal Inverness

This was her in Inverness with Saturday’s load yesterday

Fingal Wick

and I see from the AIS ShipAIS that she’s heading back right now and due here tomorrow.

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After unloading our cargo of Clachan beach pebbles on the paths and a second breakfast I headed off into the woods with the chainsaw and billhook, not for firewood but to clear a fallen tree and some branches from the path down to my hydro turbine. It also gave me a good excuse to go and get some mushrooms for dinner 🙂

 

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The once well trodden path from my croft to the shore is barely discernable these days

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but at one time this well made footpath would have been used daily by fishermen carrying nets down to here

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and returning with their catch for eating, salting or drying.

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With a few handfuls of the delicious chanterelle mushrooms that thrive in the damp mossy birch woods I returned back to the croft to do some road repairs.

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One thing that the north end of Raasay has plenty of is rock and all manner of ‘locally won material’ 🙂

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The road wasn’t all that needed repairing 😦

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After that I spent an hour on the roof with the power washer removing loose paint

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before starting on dinner.

Rabbit and chanterelle hot pot

I’d taken a rabbit out of the freezer earlier so did a quick ‘Google’ and came up with this http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4810/rabbit-and-mushroom-hotpot by Sara Beunfeld and unusually for me I followed it to the letter. Well almost, I used the chanterelles instead of porcini and I added two large cloves of thinly sliced garlic on top of the first layer, I do love garlic 🙂

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil , plus a little extra for brushing
  • 1 oven-ready rabbit , cut into legs, shoulders and loins (discard the rib cage, it’s very bony)
  • 250g pack small flat cap mushrooms (Portabellini), thickly sliced
  • 1kg large potatoes , thinly sliced
  • 3 Spanish onions (large brown onions), halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 600ml strong-flavoured chicken stock

It only takes around 30mins to prepare and a couple of hours or so to bake but the wind and rain had left us with a well charged battery back for the electric oven 🙂

Method
  1. Turn the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Heat the oil in a deep flameproof and ovenproof casserole dish. Add the rabbit pieces, then fry briefly until browned. Lift from the dish onto a plae, add mushrooms to the dish, then quickly stir-fry. Lift from the dish and take off the heat.
  2. Layer half the potatoes into the dish then, seasoning with salt and pepper as you layer, top with half the onions, mushrooms and rosemary, then top with the rabbit. Now follow with the rest of the onions, mushrooms, rosemary and a neat layer of potatoes. Pour over the stock and brush potatoes with oil.
  3. Put back on the heat and bring to the boil, then cover and put in the oven for 1 hour 15 mins. Take off the lid, then return to the oven at 220C/fan 200C/gas 7 for 30 mins more to brown the top. Serve with Savoy cabbage cooked with butter, a dash of water and a sprinkling of caraway seeds.

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I chopped the bunny into six added garlic and skipped the cabbage but apart from that and the type of shroom it was just as she said.

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The rabbit off the hill, the shrooms from the wood and the rosemary from the garden, deeelicious 🙂

 

So I’ll just leave you with a ‘daft wee dug’ working up a thirst 🙂 These five wee darlings will be going away during my next ‘week off’ and we’ll all miss them. That’s Jamie Lea asleep in the rushes and mum on the other side of the fence. The five piglets can charge about all over the croft as the gates are turned upside down, they spend almost as much time with Jamie and it’s quite amusing when they try and suckle off her 🙂 She just gives them a wee nip or tosses them away with her snout but I’m sure she likes the company. Her field is the one with the Land Rover in but the gates been open for weeks and she spends most of her time either sleeping in that clump of rushes near Bramble and the piglets. Pigs really are the most amusing of creatures 🙂

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9 Comments »

  1. african americans use bottles in their yards, to line paths and for other reasons, as spirit catchers. is there a scottish or hebridean or italian folk lore idea about using bottles in the garden?
    http://www.amazon.com/No-Space-Hidden-African-American/dp/1572333561/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2

    Comment by jeannette — June 28, 2011 @ 1:48 am

  2. Great video….

    Comment by Tony — June 28, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    • Morning USA 🙂 Tony, Jeannette and Dianne 🙂

      glad you liked the video, I’ve been trying to upload another but it keeps going pear shaped 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 29, 2011 @ 5:16 am

  3. Paul mate, your vid of Molly playing with the porkers made me snort somewhat. My other half asked what I was laughing at, so I replayed it for her, and she laughed so hard she had to wipe the tears away! Keep them coming mate, love your blog!

    Comment by Lloyd — June 28, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    • Morning eagle eyed Lloyd 🙂 Well spotted, that ribbon was for last years sports day, glad you’re still keeping up to speed daily 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 30, 2011 @ 5:05 am

  4. Hi Paul
    The video of Molly and the piglets, did you give her some of the mushrooms from the dark part of the barn?
    Walter.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — June 28, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    • Morning Walter,

      glad you enjoyed the video, perhaps she found some magic ones out in the woods 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 30, 2011 @ 5:07 am

  5. Ah. Someone that uses my AIS feed other than me 🙂

    Comment by Lynn Robinson — June 30, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    • Hi Lynn, us ‘anoraks’ must stick together 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 30, 2011 @ 9:16 pm


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