Station Cook at Olive Vale

Admin Building at Fairview

I am cooking at Fairview, in Laura Queensland. I decided to keep a blog of all my cooking as a record of what I have cooked, and also a collection for a book sometime.

I had filled my space quota with WordPress, and went seeking a free blog site when I found Blogger on Google. This was fine, but then I found I couldn’t share the link anywhere. So I went back to WordPress and paid the amount to make Sunrise Today active and usable again with 4 times the storage.

The situation is that I now have a blog on blogger which is blogspot… but I cannot share it. I have spent all morning checking the settings and have ticked everything. If its not working I will give up and come back to WordPress and start a new blog here…which is what I should have done in the first place

StationCooking 2022

Cooking for a cattle station in North Queensland where the focus is on good, healthy basic meals rich in nutrition and able to feed hungry cattle station workers and visitors. Breakfast is self serve from a selection of cereals, breads and spreads with tea, coffee and/or fruit juice. Smoko is after 9am onto lunch up to about 3pm. A cold bar has a choice of salads, meats, cheese, any left over sausages or food from the night before, and a daily bake such as pizza, scones, quiche, muffins, toasts.

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Whole Baked Barramundi with lemon .. Dinner 23 September

Farm Dog..

Collie Farm Dog

The Farm dogs are not working at present and the collie roams the fenced in area and he was quick to check that the two poddy calves stayed in place and show me his rounding up skills. They are excellent eye dogs and work dogs and loaded with personality.

Brahman Cattle Australia

Brahman Calf

Australian Brahman beef cattle were developed by innovative north Australian cattlemen who appreciated the economic value of a beef animal which could adapt to harsh tropical climatic and environmental conditions.

Initial evolvement of the Australian Brahman began in Queensland, north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Today the breed influence covers Australia with stud and commercial live cattle exports to many overseas countries – a clear indication of the breed’s adaptation over a wide spectrum of climatic conditions. The growth and development of the Australian Brahman has been described as the greatest livestock revolution in history. It has transformed the northern beef industry from near bankruptcy to an efficient and highly profitable enterprise which contributes millions of dollars annually towards domestic and export income. Vast areas of previously unproductive land have been pioneered and developed into profitable beef enterprises using Brahman cattle.

Burramundi

Burramundi

Barramundi are a highly opportunistic species that dominate many tropical rivers.
Delicious and thrilling to catch, they also live in both freshwater and saltwater,
change sex and eat just about anything. Barramundi support substantial
commercial, recreational and customary fisheries, as well as an aquaculture
industry Australia-wide.

Barramundi inhabit a wide variety of habitats in coastal waters, estuaries and lagoons in clear to turbid water up to 40 metres deep. Most commonly, they are found
in rivers and creeks with large catchments and slow, continuous water flow. They prefer water temperatures above 20°C and will take cover around undercut banks,
submerged logs and overhanging vegetation. Barramundi are protandrous hermaphrodites, which means they change sex from male to female. They
mature first as functional male fish and then undergo sex change to become female.

Barramundi have gained a reputation as one of Australia’s finest eating fish and as a result are the most important freshwater-estuarine commercial fish in Australia. The
commercial fishery is managed through low intensity and minimal impact fishing, limited entry, seasonal and area closures, and gear restrictions.

Wild Feral Pigs Queensland

Feral Pig

Pigs were brought from Europe to Australia by the First Fleet in 1788. Imported as livestock, pigs soon escaped and established wild populations that have expanded over time. In 2021, it was estimated that Queensland had up to 2.3 million feral pigs. They are among Queensland’s most widespread and damaging pest animals. Feral pigs spread invasive plants, degrade soil and water, prey on native species, damage crops and livestock, and carry diseases.

A feral pig is a pig that lives in a wild state and is not being farmed or kept for another purpose. Feral swine cause widespread damage to natural resources. They consume large amounts of vegetation; destroy plants with their rooting, soil compaction, and wallowing behaviors; and in some areas, may eat or uproot protected, sensitive, unique, or rare plants.

Some properties hire a pig hunter whose job it is to shoot the pigs. Others resort to poison baits and aerial shooting. Some people hunt the wild pigs.

The Garden at Fairview

Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarck Fan Palm 

The temperature today at Laura is 37 degrees with Light winds becoming E 15 to 25 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 33 to 39. The garden here is well maintained with daily sprinklers and now a road sweeper that sprays the surrounding area.

The grass is green and the trees are also watered daily. There is a shady, treed oasis here in a very dry and tropical environment where the Admin Buildings, staff houses and the Central kitchen are located. It is very beautiful here.

Trees in the Garden

Trees in the Garden

The property at Olive Vale Pastoral has many trees around the living areas. Its and oasis of green with splashes of color from the bougainvillea and Hibiscus flowers and the different colored leaves of the trees.

The Cashew Nut Tree

One solitary cashew hangs from the flowers on the cashew nut tree, a relic of a past and showing me what a growing cashew nut looks like.

The cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew seed and the cashew apple accessory fruit. The tree can grow as tall as 14 metres. The one here is very tall and mature.  The cashew seed is commonly considered a snack nut (cashew nut) eaten on its own, used in recipes, or processed into cashew cheese or cashew butter.  Like the tree, the nut is often simply called a cashew.

 As well as the nut and fruit, the plant has several other uses. The shell of the cashew seed yields derivatives that can be used in many applications including lubricants, waterproofing, paints, and, starting in World War II, arms production. The cashew apple is a light reddish to yellow fruit, whose pulp and juice can be processed into a sweet, astringent fruit drink or fermented and distilled into liquor.

The true fruit of the cashew tree is a kidney– or boxing-glove–shaped drupe that grows at the end of the cashew apple. The drupe first develops on the tree and then the pedicel expands to become the cashew apple.  The drupe becomes the true fruit, a single shell-encased seed, which is often considered a nut in the culinary sense. The seed is surrounded by a double shell that contains an allergenic phenolic resin,[3]anacardic acid—which is a potent skin irritant[6] chemically related to the better-known and also toxic allergenic oil urushiol, which is found in the related poison ivy and lacquer tree.

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