How To Cook Redclaw

Trip Start May 09, 2013
Trip End Jul 01, 2013

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Lloyd Jones Weir

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, May 19, 2013

  It's moving day to-day for our lovely neighbours across from us, Bob & Di they are heading for Longreach.  Bob has donated his catch of redclaw to Fred.  He told Fred that he would have to pull off the heads and then get some pliers to pull out the middle tail so you can clean out the intestine.  I heard Fred make a funny little Ooooh sound, with that Bob gave him a demo of what was required.  I think Fred almost fainted.
 Boys & their toys:  If a blokes short of a bit of male company on these sites then all he has to do is lift the bonnet of his car or stroll over to some other bloke who's lifted the bonnet of his car, from there the conversations run in all sorts of directions.  They've been comparing their equipment all day - I don't mean body parts.  Top discussion today has been about satellite dishes and I would have to say that Bazza is ahead on that one, he hasn't actually set his up but I think Stewart will be placing an order for one the same as Bazza's.  Stewart's Dad had put up a very good argument about the merits of his dish but did finally concede that his dish was not quite as compact as Bazza's.  I had no idea men were so interested in washing machines.  Malcolm, another neighbour opposite, proudly gave us a demo of his twin tub that wife Lois was operating at the time.  Cost him $100 on the internet.  I was more tickled with the brand name, Wasser, wassing your clothes has never been so easy, did you guess it was made and named in China.  Stewart on the other hand was more than happy with the performance of his automatic bought from Retrovision for $280.  
 Fred has spent far too much time this morning gossiping with his new best friends, outback Bazza has already done a load of washing in his manually operated agitator bucket and Mrs Sellers is busy pegging it out.  We don't have anything quite so fancy, our manually operated laundry machine is  a drain plunger on the end of a stick which your move up and down (a Bazza device) Once Fred finished his social rounds this morning he got stuck into a bucket of washing.  I'm happy to say that he did a lovely job, our large smalls have been hung out and are drying nicely. 
 After scouting the river banks for firewood for tonight's campfire, Fred set about preparing the redclaw.  Not for the faint hearted, I didn't enjoy watching the heads scurry about after they had been removed.  Fred on the other hand went about the task like a seasoned bushie even Bazza admitted that he had neither caught redclaw or cooked them.  After wandering around the campsite gather as much information as possible on how to prepare redclaw, Fred settled on the boil in salted water with a bit of lemon juice recipe, then plunge them into cold water after the shells turn red then drain.   Fred then cooked  the redclaw in garlic and chilli and did a splendid job, however we all agreed that without the garlic and chilli they would have been rather tasteless.                                                                                                                         

 20th May: Decided we'd stay one more night at the Weir.  It's amazing how quickly these campsites empty and fill.  Malcolm & Lois and their cat Walter (which I only discovered yesterday tours with them) left this morning for Winton.  Their final destination is Karumba in the Gulf, they won't be returning home to Coomera ( just outside Canberra) till October.  They have been going up to Karumba for the past 5 years and meet up with the same people each year.  Apparently the fishing is the big draw card, and of course the weather.  Malcolm & Lois have extended an invitation to all of us to come down to their home just outside the Snowy mountains, park up our vans in their back yard so that Malcolm can take us trout fishing, these are the beautiful friendships you make along the way.  I really hope we can take up that offer some time in the future.                                                                                                                                             

 Yesterday Bazza threw in a few pots to try his hand at catching some redclaw.  After last nights tasting, we are all secretly hoping that the pots are empty, if they're not, I'm fairly sure a committee decision will be made to release them.                                                                         

  Mrs Sellers spent the afternoon with her new best friend Jen, who in just one afternoon taught Mrs Sellers how to loom knit a beanie.  I was quite impressed that a garment was produced in between all the jawing.  Having tried the beanie on several vegetables we have decided that it fits a medium size gala apple or a medium size grapefruit.  All in all a splendid effort.

 Bazza collected his pots from the weir and low and behold he had caught a very small catfish and one redclaw.  A kookaburra stalked him all the way back to the camp and whilst Baz was emptying one of the pots the kookaburra  was busy trying to get the catfish out of one of the other pots.  The redclaw I'm pleased to say was released to live another day.It's been a top ten spot, we've had a lovely stay but it's time to move on.   Tomorrow we head for Longreach          
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Caz on

Well it seems to me that our Al is running the show here - he's doing all the driving, he's sorting out the fish, he's taken jobs off the old missis cause she cant be trusted - and now he's landed the laundry monitor job. So what position is Mrs W holding exactly?

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