Summer Snorkelling


I recently discovered that down the front of our place is actually pretty good snorkelling. These fellas are my new tasty obsession. I am just waiting for some bigger ones to arrive and I will put up some more pics and a recipe.

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There has been a small reason my posts have been a little few and far between lately.

This little ferret turned up just over a month ago and hasn’t paid any rent yet.

Catherine has been super crazy busy with work too. But hopefully over the next few weeks we will be back into it.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year.


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Smoked Australian Salmon Bagels


This post is from about a month ago for but is still timely because the spring rains haven’t seemed to stop and the fishing is continues to be slow.

That day we sat on the end of the jetty for a few hours in the pissing rain for only a handful of fish. One fish we did catch was an Australian salmon. A lot of people turn their nose up at them, but I reckon they are great cooked up on the same day. Leave them any longer though and they aren’t as good, which is where a smoker saves the day. Because Australian salmon are quite strong they come up really well smoked, and due to my recent baking obsession they were only ever going into bagels for breakfast.

Bagels (makes about 6 – 8)

500g bread flour
2 tsp dried yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tbs sugar
1 cup warm water
4 tbs vegetable oil

Combine all the ingredients and knead the dough for 10mins then leave to prove until doubled in size. (A couple of hours.) Knock the air out of dough (punch it in the middle) and then separate it into six to eight similar sized portions. Roll each portion into sausage and then shape it into a ring. Leave to prove until each bagel has risen to an acceptable bagel size, and then poach each one in some simmering water for about a minute each side.

Brush with an egg and dust on some sesame seeds. Place in a 220 degree Celsius oven for 15 – 20 minutes.

Fast picked cucumbers and onions

1 cucumber, finely sliced
½ a salad onion, sliced
½ cup white vinegar
1 ½ cups water
Good pinch of salt

Combine all the ingredients in a pickling jar so the cucumber is covered in liquid. Refrigerate for an hour.

Dill and mustard eggs

4 soft boiled eggs
1 tsp Dijion mustard
1 tbs chopped dill
1 tbs cream
Good pinches of white pepper and salt

In a bowl break up/crush eggs with a fork and combine the rest of the ingredients.

Prosciutto Smoked Australian Salmon

4 fillets of Australian salmon
⅓ cup sea salt
2 tsp black pepper
2 slices of prosciutto
⅔ cup brown sugar

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and leave for an hour. Remove fillets, wiping off the excess brine. Put a small strip of prosciutto on top of each fillet and place in a hot smoker for about 20 minutes or until cooked. Remove skin and bones for serving.

Chuck all the ingredients into a nice hot bagel straight out of the oven.


The other day Catherine and I were lucky to meet the lovely Christina from The Hungry Australian. She was down blogging on some of Tassie’s food delights – you can read about her trip here.

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Cider Battered Oysters


Another in our series for Smith Journal.

This time we went on a bit of a winter road trip to Bruny Island to grab some oysters from a mates farm to make cider battered oysters.

1 cup of apple cider (I used quite a dry one)
1 cup of flour
Canola oil for frying


To make the batter, combine flour and cider into a runny paste and refrigerate for one hour.

Fill a medium sized pot with oil and heat until 180 degrees Celsius or just before it starts to smoke (you want it nice and hot).

Dip the oysters in the batter and fry until golden.

Season and serve.

More photos and accompanying dipping sauce recipe here.

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Fishermans Breakfast – Flounder and Mushrooms


I went out floundering with a mate the other night and manged to spear a few for breakfast the next day.

Full write up on Smith Journal.

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