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with Captain Chaos
Cream of Mushroom soup
300 gms of chopped mushrooms
1 small onion chopped
1 litre of chicken stock, or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon plain flour
150 ml of double cream
150 ml of milk
salt and pepper to taste
Simmer the mushrooms and onion for 18 minutes in the stock then
puree them in a blender. Melt the butter in a sauce pan and stir in
the flour; cook for about one minute. Stir in the stock add the cream
and milk season to taste. Serve with crisp French bread.
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With winter fast approaching we all need to check our
moored boats, making sure they are secured properly,
and are water tight from rain.
It was last year when one cold damp Saturday afternoon my
old mate Rodger came knocking at my door.
“Hey Chaos, got anything on this arvo? ”
“Nah! Just sitting in front of the fire pondering a drink or
two later, why? ”
“You know Harry?” I nodded my head. “ Well he rang me and
asked me if I would take a look at his boat out on the mooring.”
“Is his dinghy still in the shed? ”
“ Yes, he said it was. I was wondering if you could come out
with me, I ’m not sure of what to check.”
I thought about it and looked out the window ... I could see
a storm brewing.
“If you want to check it now we’d better hurry as I don’t like the
look of that,” I said pointing to the ominous clouds. I quickly got
changed into some wet weather gear and hurried out to the truck.
“It’s starting to blow a bit but as soon as we get down to the
shed, you hop out and open the doors. I’ll get the oars and meet
you out the front.”
Carrying the oars out, I found Rodger dragging the dinghy
by the painter down to the beach. I flung the oars in and helped
him to launch it into the water, then it was a long pull out to
the mooring. As we approached I could see the boat was laying
deeper in the water than normal.
“Rodger, I think we have a spot of trouble. The boat doesn’t
seem to be sitting right. What do you think, mate? ”
“ You’re right. The quicker we get aboard and see what the
trouble is the better.”
We came alongside. I didn’t need to clamber up on deck. I
could just step in. SPLASH!
I found myself standing knee-deep in water in the cockpit.
The hatch slider to the cabin was gone, and below was open to
“ Tie off the dinghy and get up here, mate.”
When Rodger was standing next to me I asked, “ When was
the last time Harry checked the boat ? ”
“ Two weeks ago. Before he went away. We had a decent
storm a few days ago but it wouldn’t have ripped the hatch slider
because it was padlocked. Some bastard’s been on board. Let’s
“ Wait a minute! Can you smell acid fumes? I think the batteries
are leaking. Cover your mouth with a wet cloth.”
Rodger hopped down and entered the cabin. He was only
gone a few seconds when he staggered out.
“Hell Chaos, you should see the mess down there. Everything
is broken. Some sod’s gone berko. I ’ll try to get up to the forward
“ There’s a manual pump somewhere in here,” I shouted. “I
saw Harry put one in after he got the electric bilge pump fixed.”
“ We’ll be here for hours using that.”
“I just want to see if the hull has been holed or that this water
is from the last storm,” I said as I came back up on deck with the
pump in my hands.
“ The forward locker is pretty clear of battery fumes.”
Rodger and I pumped for an hour keeping an eye on the
weather. After the hour I found the water was going down so that
meant the hull wasn’t holed.
“ Well, Rodger, we can’t do much more except grab that heavy
canvas tarp and cover the entire cockpit and the cabin hatch.”
We worked flat out as the weather was closing in. We made
it, but going back to shore we got drenched. Back at my place
Rodger got on the phone to Harry to give him the news.
“Harry’s going to put it in the hands of the water police. Got
anything to eat and drink, Chaos? With the wild weather out
there I think I might be here for some time.”
“I have a great mushroom soup which I know you’ll like.
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