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with Captain Chaos
Pork in Mango sauce
1 pork fillet sliced
flesh of one large mango (or tinned will do)
1 medium onion sliced
2 tablespoons of mango chutney
2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
11⁄4 cup of port
the juice of one lemon or lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
Blend all ingredients except the onion and the pork. Into a pan
heat the oil and stir fry the pork a few minutes then add the onion
and cook . Pour the mango sauce over and heat , ser ve at once with
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My feelings go out to all the people whose homes were
destroyed by the terrible bush fires last month. Fire
has always been the greatest threat to all the homes
in Australia that have bush land surrounding them.
Over the years I have had experience fighting bush fires from
the Gulf to country NSW. I remember a fire that nearly got me, it
was out west. I received the call to attend a fire.
“It’s not a big one Chaos, but I would like to contain it up in
the hills away from town,” Marty our fire chief said when I came
out of my gate to join the others. We had one truck and a couple
of four wheel drive utes. For equipment we had leather beaters,
fire rakes and wet feed sacks.
The sun was hidden behind a thick veil of smoke making the
light around us the colour of weak milk tea.
“ We are going to fight the fire as it comes down off the ridge.
If we can rake a bit of a clear path and slow the fire down the
creek at the bottom should stop it. Don’t any of you get out of
touch with each other. It’s easy to get lost in this gloom and lose
your sense of direction.”
We jumped down off the truck and headed down the ridge
where we started to rake a break. I was with Allen and we were
working flat out and didn’t notice the wind change and how it
had picked up until we found ourselves nearly choking on smoke
and burning debris.
“Chaos we’re nearly surrounded. We have one chance and
that’s the creek. If we don’t go now we’ll never make it.”
“OK. Let’s get the hell out of here!” I yelled above the roar of
the flames and took off down the slope with Allen right behind me.
I fell off the bank down into the water. I came up to find Allen
right next to me. Looking around I spotted a half rotting canoe
jammed upside down against the bank.
“Hey Allen, I think it would be best if we get under that canoe.
There’s a lot of burning embers in the air.”
We both got under and away from the flames that were
jumping the creek. It was becoming very hard to breath as the fire
was sucking up all the oxygen. I looked around and to my horror
saw we were sharing the space with a huge black snake. It had
floated in under the canoe and its head was close to our faces.
“Bloody hell! There’s a bloody great snake in with us. Don’t
make any sudden moves.”
“ You worry about the snake, Chaos ... I have a wallaby and
an echidna nuzzling me.”
“Now what’s the matter? ” I said not being able to turn around
as the snake’s head was nearly kissing me.
“ The bloody echidna is snuggling up to me.”
The air was getting easier to breathe which meant the fire
had passed over the creek.
“I think we can move out. I ’m going to duck under water so
as not to disturb the snake. Can you disentangle yourself from
your spiky friend? ”
“OK I’m ready ... you’re not leaving me here with your snake.”
We both ducked under the water and came up on the outside
of the canoe. I looked over at Allen and saw he still had the
echidna on his shoulder.
“ You can let it go now. They can swim.”
“I can’t. It’s caught in my shirt.”
There was the sound of tearing cloth and the animal swam
past me heading for the bank.
“Hey! When you blokes have finished we could use a little
help up on the next ridge.”
Marty was standing on the bank looking down at us. There
was a large crack of thunder and the heavens opened up. Marty
made a dash up the hill. Allen and I made our way casually up
the slope as a little rain couldn’t make us any wetter. The fire
was out and we all went back to my place for a feed of pork. h
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