Grandma's Curried Sausages

There are many ways to jazz up left over sausages. So much so that I cook extra sausages nearly every time.

Traditional Curried Sausages
I seem to be really getting into a fair bit of cooking lately and ones good enough to write about.

I love to make this delicious old fashioned curried sausages. It is a recipe that was handed down from my mother who was a professional cook at one stage of her life. It is my absolutely favourite way to turn sausages into a fabulous meal and I like to pair this with mash potatoes and vegetables. To me sausages and mashed potatoes are a marriage made in heaven though it can be served with rice too!

English Style Curried Sausages

Serves 4 generously. (freeze one half for a easy meal another time)

6 or so sausages precooked (BBQ ideal)
2 large onions, chopped
3 carrot diced
2 teaspoons curry powder
½ apple peeled and grated
2 to 3 cups water
1 teaspoon beef stock powder
Salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons cornflour mixed with extra water to a smooth paste

Curried sausages in the Dream Pot

Method:

  1. Place vegetables, apple, water, spices, stock powder , tomato pasted and salt and pepper in a large saucepan, and simmer for 30 minutes (add more water as necessary)
  2. Add chopped sausages and simmer for an hour or better still pop it into your Dream Pot or thermal cooker and leave it for 4 hours.
  3. Stir in flour mixture and stir until the mixture thickens. (If cooking in Dream Pot then add flour just before placing in Dream Pot) 
  4. Serve with mashed potatoes combined and boiled vegetables of your choice.

You could replace regular white potatoes with sweet potatoes or at least add some to your white potatoes to make it  healthier as well as being yummy.

Hint: 

I placed my sausages in the top, smaller pot and filled the bottom pot with boiling water. This kept the food "hot"  for longer.  You could use the water for rice and I do when cooking an Asian style curry but for this curry recipe I actually prefer mash potatoes and I haven't had success with potatoes cooked in a thermal pot. I used the hot water for washing up after dinner but a buddy had a better idea: She suggested that I used the bottom pot to make some soup at the same time. It was one of the "Oh Duh - why didn't I think of that" moment. So from now on that is what I will do. Thanks Roma.

Rocky Cape National Park

We took in a drive around the coastal areas to the east of Stanley which includes the Rocky Cape National Park and Sisters Beach. I am so glad we did this little side trip. It is such a pretty area.

Rocky Cape Coastline

The road to Sister's Beach is a very steep and windy descent down to the tiny sleepy beach side village. We had a leisurely look around and then we headed east about 10km down another steep incline to Boat Harbour Beach which is a spectacular beach.



Rocky Cape National Parks is relatively small but it has extraordinary rock formations. The park is apparently ideal for easy grade bush walks. Being a National Park I am sure it is home to some unique Tasmanian flora and fauna but this wasn't the time for us to discover this, nor did we explore any of the Aboriginal rock shelters and caves in the area. We took the easy way out since Rob is noticing more breathing restrictions caused by the damaged lungs after the blood clots last year and it was rather cold so we just looked from within warmth of the car with just the odd excursion out to see this or that up close.

Installing a new stainless steel water tank

Rob has made a whole new water tank this time out of stainless steel as the plastic tank just couldn't cope with the pressure and thus leaked and has now been removed.

Stainless Steel Water tank installed under the bed

I was too wrapped in wedding plans for our daughter to take much notice and didn't take any photos of the whole unit sadly and Rob rarely ever thinks of photos along the way.

Rob & I with our beautiful daughter

However he has installed it and now you can see a part of as it fits neatly under the steps leading up to the bed. The white 'board' you see is the inside of the bed riser and the orange is part of the original flooring and cover over the motor. We use this space under the bed as most RVer do, for bulk storage.

Stainless Steel Water tank peeks out from under steps

Even though our motorhome is finished and we've even done a 5 month trip in it (To Tasmania), we are back to working on improvements in the motor home. We also had suspension type airbags installed recently too to help make it a smoother ride.

The bed frame when it was under construction

Just a recap of the  bed under construction. It was complicated by the fact that the bed is on a slide out above the motor engine. Here you can see the metal frame in an upright position. You can read about the construction of the bed here if you missed it earlier.

So now it is my job to clean up after Rob and get things packed and ready for our next trip. He is a clever guy, but cleaning up is not his strong point! Rob still has a few odds and ends he wants to do before our next trip too! 

What improvements have you made after a trip or two to your rig?

Free camping at Liffey Reserve

We were hoping to find some friends whom we knew was camping at Liffey but sadly we didn't find them so in the end we decided to stay at Liffey Reserve anyway.

Liffey Campground

Liffey Forest Reserve is located in Tasmania’s North West, just south of Deloraine just about 70km from Launceston. This reserve is a part of World Heritage Area. The camp site is on the banks of the Liffey River, a quiet meandering creek at this point.

I had hoped to see the Liffey waterfalls nearby and to go on one of the bush walks would have been great, but to be honest I was totally out of it still after my operations let alone the bad kidney infection I current was suffering from though the antibiotics had kicked in.

Rob found us a lovely sunny spot adjacent to the river. All in all we were just here to have peace and quiet. One of the things I did want to do in the quiet spot was catch up with some washing and the easy access to the creek was wonderful. Before anyone gets their arms up in the air, we do use biodegradable detergent and we use it very sparingly. Most of our stuff just needs to have our body odor washed out since we rarely actually get dirty.

Reading in the sun for some time out to recover

Surprisingly (or maybe not) I did not even want to socialize at all, just hibernate and recover some energy and Liffey Reserve filled this need fantastically. I did chat briefly in the morning with a group of hippies that were just packing up.

Liffey Falls

On our first full day there we went for the short  drive to the Liffey Falls after a late sleep in. It is a very narrow windy dirt road which is really not suitable for caravans or big rigs. It still involved a 45 minute slow walk including the return. The bottom falls are beautiful 5 tiers with lots of luscious ferns and moss on the surface of the rocks and surrounds. There are 3 other falls along the way but Rob walked to these on his own since I was still weak and really had no energy. I quite enjoyed sitting in the sun at the first falls whilst he wandered off.

Part of the walk to Liffey Falls
After this we drove up to the Great Lakes which is at a high elevation. The road is windy with a few sharp hair pin bends. The ground was white with heavy frost. All up it was a 160km round trip by the time we  got back to the Liffey Reserve for another quiet night at the camp.


After a decent cuppa and such Rob went across to chat with another motorhome couple that had arrived but I cozied up on the bed with a book which I hardly read before sleep overcame me after so much travelling.

Stanley and The Nut

When you drive along the highway past the turnoff to Stanley, you can't help but notice "The Nut" which is an ancient flat-topped volcanic rock that at a huge 143 metre (469 feet) height it dominates the skyline at a great distance. So we knew we just had to stop there on our way back from the far west coast of Tasmania.


Stanley is just 120km from Devonport

Stanley is the second largest town in this region with just 600 people is mainly a fishing port that juts into Bass Strait which separates Tasmania from the mainland Australia. It is only 22 km from Smithton situated on a long peninsula.


We wanted to have a good look at the town and The Nut up close. The Nut dominates the town of Stanley.

Rob and I took the chairlift that takes us to the top which cost us $15 each, though you can walk it if you are more energetic than us. You can even walk up from the town, right to the top of "The Nut".



It is an easy 2km walk to make the circuit up the top, but definitely make sure you are dressed warm as it is understandably windy up there.

One view looking down from the circuit walk atop The Nut
 
Stanley is such a pretty town with lots of historic and beautifully preserved buildings. There is a definite holiday destination feel here with lots of B&B's around and holiday rental apartments to choose from. It is a lovely spot to take a few days quiet break for what ever reason.


The Presbyterian Church

Stove Top Blackberry Slump

Rob and I  thoroughly enjoyed the fresh fruits during our Tasmanian trip especially the wild blackberries found alongside many highways and by ways.

A bowl of Blackberry Slump

Many bowls of fresh berries are consumed just as they are but it is nice to cook it up as something special. Here is a simple dessert you can cook on the stove top - my Blackberry Slump.

By the way, these dumplings are more like a cake mixture. Think of the whole dessert as more of a blackberry self saucing pudding. Some even call it a Grunt. It is so yummy no matter what name you give it.

Blackberry Slump

Dumplings:

1 cup SR flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup milk  

Berries:

4 cups fresh blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon lime cordial
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Serve:

With cream or vanilla ice cream for topping

Instructions:

In a medium sized bowl,* whisk together the flour, salt, and sugar. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour. Cut the butter into the flour until the flour resembles breadcrumbs. Set aside until needed then add the milk all at once and stir until the flour is just moistened form into 6.** balls.

In a large saucepan, add the berries, sugar, cinnamon, lime juice cordial and water. Bring to boil and stir a few times to coat the berries. Once the berry mixture is boiling, drop the 6 dumplings onto the boiling fruit around the edges of the pot. You should have enough dough for 6 dumplings. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 25 minutes, without peeking at the dumplings. Place dumplings in serving bowls and top with berries. Serve with cream or ice cream. Serve hot or chilled.

Hints:

* I used my middle size saucepan rather than carry extra bowls in the motorhome
** Handle the dough as little as possible will help ensure that the dumplings are as light as possible

Free camping at Tall Timbers, Smithton

After another night at Green Point we woke up to a lovely but very windy morning. Sadly we had to move on as we had to get the car sorted out. The mechanic we'd been talking to, wouldn't come out as he didn't believe he could help us and so we had to look for help from another source. Rob thought we'd try an Auto Electrician instead.

Car troubles in paradise - our car is stuck on the extreme left

Car Troubles & Blackberries

We found an Auto Electrician pretty quickly just on the outskirts of Smithton. He was out on a job, when we rolled up but we thought we'd stay put and make a cuppa whilst we wait. He soon turned up.

In the meantime there was this huge hedge of blackberries, I had spied bordering his property with a vacant block of land next door and so it doesn't take much to guess what I wanted to do. Yep - more blackberry picking once we had permission and assurance that it hadn't been sprayed. Gosh! I got so many blackberries off this bush that it would keep us going for ages. Truly, I filled about 3/4 of a bucket with blackberries, plenty to eat now, to make a blackberry buckle for dessert and lots to freeze for some desserts later on! Maybe I will make some Blackberry Muffins... oh there are so many yummy things one can make from berries!

Just the start - I ran out of bowls and had to grab a bucket!!!

Oh by the way, Rob and the electrician worked on the car and it got fixed in nearly no time. It was a faulty brake fuse which we replaced. Apparently there's some mistake with the wiring between the wiring of the 24 volt and 12 volt inverter and then when the motor home brakes are applied it does something to the fuse on the car and makes it short out when it shouldn't. (I have told you before that I am not very car savvy!) Anyway the guys have disconnected the wires so that it wont happen again. We'll get our auto mechanic back home to fix it proper when we get there eventually.

Smithton

It might seem a heck of a long way from Devonport or Hobart, but really Smithton is only 135km west of Devonport. It is the largest town in this region with something like 3,500 people. We had lunch in town. We wanted to meet up with the MMM ministry team with whom we worked with way back in Hobart and when we discovered that they were working just behind the main street, we decided to walk there and meet up with them to check out how things were going with them. We were prepared to volunteer again if they needed us. Happily for them they actually had too many volunteers (that doesn't happen often though), so we just said hello to our friends there and let them get back to work and we would continue with our holiday.

Mobile Maintenance Ministry is a worthy volunteer organization to link up with
There is a new and official free camp in close to town but I think many campers don’t like it as it is a large area of bitumen. We didn't not when we had heard rave reviews of a place called Tall Timbers which has only been open to free campers for a short time.


Lots of room for free camping at Tall Timbers - we're on the extreme left
We decided to stay at the beautiful setting at Tall Timbers just on the edge of town. This place is amazing. It is a huge park like area adjacent to the actual resort. There's a duck creek running between us and the resort proper. There's plenty of room to park on the beautifully mown and well maintained lawn. We can use some of the resources of the resort if desired for a small fee, such as the restaurant, laundry, indoor heated pool/spa, the gymnasium and the tennis courts. (The pool/spa/gym was just $7 each for 2 hours use.

The Robbiebago II at Tall Timbers, Smithton


I can't say that there was anything that grabbed my attention at Smithton itself. We loved using Tall Timbers as our base and we were very comfortable about leaving the motor home there whilst we did some sightseeing around the area.