Life at the end of the road

July 22, 2011

Far too salty :-(

Filed under: daily doings, food — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:12 am

Busy busy day yesterday which didn’t see me in bed until 23:30 but no time for posting I’m afraid. I twas a beautiful day but with a chill north wind, still T shirt shorts and sandals weather but fresh in the wind.

First job on my early rise was to remove the four bits of lithe (pollock) from the brine and air dry them

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on the washing line 🙂 that north wind came in use after all.

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Next was the removal of a Metro that had to be done before the morning rush hour

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and with a motorcycle escort 🙂

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Luckily we did not meet this on the road, as reversing would have been an issue 🙂

The afternoon was spent repairing boats down at the Arnish shore,


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ferrying gas cylinders to and from and checking battery banks.

I also spent a very informative and productive couple of hours pouring over our house plans with  Alistair of  and Tony Lake of ‘Treestyle’ who will be designing the integrated solar, hydro, wind and biomass heating system for our new build.

After which my helpers gave all the quads a good power washing after their weeks work.

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How NOT to smoke fish

It’s been a while since I’ve hot smoked any fish and I have to say that this particular effort was a disaster. Normally I just rub a little salt on them to draw out the moisture overnight then rinse and dry them off, however the lithe that the boys caught on Thursday got an overnight soaking in a brine of brown sugar and lemon juice.


and whilst the twenty minute cooking in my old smoker

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with Willie Eyere’s home made oak chips produced a perfect looking and textured result,

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it was far too salty for even me. It didn’t stop me eating two right enough but I had to drink a hell of a lot of cider afterwards 🙂 Actually it was only one can but it went down very quickly 🙂

And if you’re wondering how he mad oak chips, well he cleaned out a large plastic tub, boiled his wellies, or at least gave them a good cleaning, stood in the tub then sawed up loads of oak logs with a clean chainsaw lubricated with olive oil 🙂

Next time I smoke fish I’ll skip the salt laden brine 🙂



  1. Hi Paul

    ‘Rush hour’ might cause a wry smile or two, but you do get used to the traffic conditions where you live. When up in Alness in the 1970s we used to refer to the ‘rush hour’ on the Struie road – it meant some vehicles (maybe 3 or 4) rather than 3 or 4 in several hours!

    Enjoy the rest of your holiday and watch the back!



    Comment by Sue — July 22, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    • Good morning Sue,

      a far cry from fighting my way down the M66 every day to get to Manchester and living on a bus route 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 23, 2011 @ 5:54 am

  2. Oak chips … LMAO!!
    Any time I’m using the chainsaw and the horse, I put down a tarp and collect the chips which are then composted along the rough lines of Jean Pain’s method.
    Makes really good stuff, along with a wee dress of “Rock Dust” just watch things come belting out of the ground!

    Comment by Mike Cunningham — July 22, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    • Morning Mike,

      sometimes do the same with the tarp for bedding and put it in old feed bags to store. Drawn a blank on ‘Russian oil’ I’m afraid Mike, well apart from wading through pages about oligarchs, pipelines, scams and gas reserves 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 23, 2011 @ 6:02 am

  3. Hi Paul, maybe you should patent that fish dryer!

    Comment by Iain — July 22, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    • I had to do it early in the morning Iain before the wife caught me 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 23, 2011 @ 6:03 am

  4. love your smoker, sorry about the brine.

    Comment by jeannette — July 26, 2011 @ 1:57 am

    • Morning Jeannette, no brine next time 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 26, 2011 @ 6:13 am

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