The point of all this is not to whinge, but to say that despite what this blog and my Instagram feed may sometimes imply, it’s not always brioche and picnics here at Mandagery Creek HQ. Sometimes, but not always. And after weeks like this, it takes extra effort to keep our eyes on the prize – which is, collectively, our two healthy kids, each other, our families, the beautiful part of the world we live in and the community we share it with. To remember that while we may not have the funds to renovate or take big holidays etc etc, we can make a nice cake and eat it in the garden for afternoon tea, swap some venison for a bottle or two of wine made by our neighbours, and go on the odd camping trip with friends and cook them an al fresco paella. You know, just enjoy the little things. Which I suppose, aren’t really all that little.
Simple chicken and chorizo paella
Camping bircher muesli
I’m not an experienced camper. But I do love sleeping in the trailer, pictured above, that we borrowed last weekend and hope to one day call our own. We woke to a golden dawn then had a breakfast of bircher muesli, bacon and eggs before heading down to the dam for another day hanging out in and around the water.
Bircher is a brilliant way to start the day; easy, really fulling and I think, absolutely delicious, it’s a great camping option as it’s happy to sit in the Esky until needed and spooned into bowls.
1 cup rolled oats
1 green apple, grated
1/2 cup apple juice
3/4 cup natural yogurt
A pinch of ground cinnamon
Combine all of the above ingredients and stir gently. Cover and place in the fridge overnight. The next morning, serve with crushed toasted hazlenuts, blueberries and maple syrup (that’s our favourite). Or any other fruit/nut combination you prefer! Raspberries and toasted almonds are delicious too as is a combination of poached fruit and mixed seeds.
Oh, Sophie, your paella sounds delicious. Rosemary, sage and paprika? Hello sailor!
Glad you all had a lovely time at the dam; we spent many a summer and Easter weekend there when I was growing up. I hope 2015 is good to you, your family and your farm x
Jane S says
I love everything about this post Sophie. Couldn’t agree more on your words about farming, I hear you! Love your food as always…now I want paella accessories too!
Melanie Miller says
Love, love, love this idea for camping. Can you please tell me if you purchased the tripod from Essential Ingredient also? I searched their website and was unable to find it. Thanks Melanie
Lizzy (Good Things) says
What a fantastic family outing! Love it. And a great way to christen the new paella pan!