Greener pastures, a reprieve from tha red dust

So I have been travelling now for a few months n not finding much in tha way ov edible weeds n tha like since well Alice Spring really but last week in the Pilbra area ov Western Australia  I  came across this gorgeous free camping ground next to the DeGrey River, it was a refreshing green change from tha red dirt country surrounds.
After picking my spot n figuring out where the sun will rise n setting my fire place accordingly tha two most important things to me I wondered off down tha path that weaved it’s way threw n unda spectacular weeping paper bark’s towards tha wata’s edge to see if there would be any good fishin spots, not long down tha path I noticed what I thought was a variegated thistle ov some sort but on closer inspection I realize it had a poppy flower in place ov the expected thistle flower, I have since found they were Argemone ochroleuca gone feral up here, it is very pretty n got my hopes up ov otha weedy friends being present n yes as I looked even closer n got my weed eye back in I recognized an old long missed favorite Puha (Sonchus sp.), so I was absolutely thrilled I can tell ya, I hadn’t had fresh greens for quite some time like I said n my body was yearning for them so I jotting that spot down in my not so good memory bank n ventured further down tha path n the further I walk the more n more young lush green Puha leaves I seen they were everywhere,it was the most I had actually seen in one area in my whole life a, it was like a green fantasy land.
I thought to myself there was so much I would stay a few days n actually dry a heap to replenish my stores which I did n if I catch a fish bonus.

Puha (Sonchus sp) n Purslane (Portulaca sp.)I didn’t catch any fish by tha way but I had picked up a roo tail up tha road earlier on that day so camp fire Roo tail stew wid Puha n fresh spelt damper was on tha menu.

Roo Tail, Puha (Sonchus sp) n Purslane (Portulaca sp.)

Roo Tail Stew n Spelt Damper n teaIt was a fabulous meal in a beautiful spot, the Roo tail was so sticky n tender, tha Puha so fresh n after repeatedly dipping the heavy damper into the stew then into my mouth I could fit no more in n like a cat that has just devoured it’s prey n probably a native animal I sat contentedly by tha fire until all the food settled down lower in my stomach n I could actually move to go to bed, stuff dreams are made ov a, well my idea ov livin tha dream n eating like a queen anyway n for only tha cost ov a can ov tomatoes n corn, a few spuds n onions, oil ect n this fed me quite indulgently for a few days. 🙂



Camp oven staples

Ok guys I am alive n thought I better share something before you desert me.
I have gotten into a routine ov cooking myself a cake n a damper every week because I have been able to have fire n I prefer to cook on tha fire. I am indulging in being able to have fires up dis way coz once you get south you can’t have a bloody fire virtually anywhere in Australia…….. that n mostly not being able to free bush camp anywhere anymore without breaking tha “LAW” is ruining one ov the greatest things about this country, it has becum a police state/country!
So if it means I have to b an outlaw then so be it, becoz I intend to get away with it as much as possible while I can.

Anyway these were both cooked in tha camp oven, the cake has in it -spelt flour, baking soda, preserved lemons, nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, oats, coconut oil n water n I throw in a big pinch ov rock salt not crushed use big bits so wen you are munching along you hit these pockets of scrumptious saltiness mmmmm just bliss.

Tha damper is just spelt flour, plain white flour a bit of backing powder a teaspoon ov olive oil n again with tha salt, I enjoyed this today with tha last ov my Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) n chilly jam tha last ov all my jams actually there is nutin like warm damper n jam for breakie I don’t know wot I’m gonna do from now on 😦

I am still about I just haven’t had any foody things to blog about when I settle down a bit in one spot I will start to blog again more often, I hope you enjoy this little one as much as I enjoyed tha yummy camp oven cooked goodies blogged about
Cheers n take care 🙂