Table #13 – Galloway Forest

2018-05-05 08.10.00

The coffee has been poured and I’m struggling.  I have a bit of stiff neck and a few aching muscles this morning.  The effects of a 36 mile big country loop on the mountain bikes and a solid 9 hours sleep in the camper van afterwards.

We camped at the Glentrool campsite which was just under a mile away from the Glentrool trails and all part of the plan to be in situe for the big loop.

Managed to get to the visitor centre for 10.10, to find it didn’t open until 10:30.  Plan was to have a coffee and hopefully sample some local produce.  Those precious minutes were going to be costly, it was too cold to hang around and we had a plan B in the pannier.

By 11, we were ready for our stonking chunks of choc banana loaf that I’d baked at Christmas.

2018-05-05 13.18.47

Lunch half way at the 18 mile mark, nice to see…Old Edinburgh Road.  I was certainly starting to feel broken.  The trouble with forestry routes like this, is that you start to feel like you in some large construction site.  Mile after mile trees have been felled for timber use, to make room for the new.  On reflection a tree graveyard.

Post lunch the boys miraculously switched personas, energy levels transposed, the youngest up front with zero moans starting to sing Disney songs and the eldest now at the back.

The 2nd half felt the best part of the loop in terms of scenery and lack of forestry work, a mixture of lochs and hills.  We also came across one of the seven stanes.

Can’t beat a campsite that plays radio in the shower block, but annoying to hear tales of blue skies and BBQs when we had dreich mist and fog for most the day.

In terms of a rewind (which sadly I’ve just found out will not be continuing, all good things come to an end!)….living off the wall was playing in the shower block and couldn’t help tapping my feet whilst waiting for my boys to free up the showers.

I’m grateful for the head-space that the countryside and fresh air gives you, even through the moans there are moments of tranquillity where you get to put your troubles into perspective.  The office is miles and away and the DIY is parked for those precious few moments.

On the table was a broken sausage and pasta dish….so easy to get on the table when your on two hobs.

Two pans….Pasta in one pan cooked to packet directions.  In the other, soften a diced onion, throw in  5 de-skinned herby sausages which you can break up into bits. Stirring until colour changes, add sliced mushrooms, a glass of white wine if the bottle is open! Add half tub of crème fraiche.  Stir through.  Drain the pasta and add the sausage mix

Back to the coffee at the weekendcoffeeshare, the aroma fills the camper van and a day of adventure awaits. The stirring of the boys up top and the promise of a real mountain bike trail. We move camp today as well….a visit to Port Patrick and the Mull of Galloway….most southerly part of Scotland apparently.

 

Herby Sausage Pasta

Herby Sausage Pasta

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A simple pasta dish that’s great for two hobs in a camper van or on a school night when time is tight.
Credit: The Edinburgh Cook Recipe file

Ingredients

  • 250-300g dried pasta twirls
  • 4-5 good quality meaty sausages, skin removed
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 1/2 tub Crème Fraiche
  • 250g mushrooms chopped
  • Optional glass of white wine


Directions

  1. Two pans….Pasta in one pan cooked to packet directions
  2. In the other, soften a diced onion, throw in the herby sausages
  3. Break up into bite size bits with back of a wooden spoon.
  4. Occasional stirring until colour changes
  5. Add the sliced mushrooms,
  6. Add a glass of white wine if the bottle is open and simmer until the liquid reduces
  7. Add the crème fraiche and stir through.
  8. Drain the pasta and add the sausage mix, stir through and serve