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Another BBQ

Sarah’s family came over for a BBQ and I cooked quite a lot of pulled pork following this recipe: Amazing Ribs Pulled Pork I got some boned pork shoulder with skin and most of the fat removed from Edis of Ely Pork Butcher There were four pieces, 2.095kg, 1.758kg, 1.684kg and 1.768kg.

It took about 6 hours on the BBQ. One piece had to start in the oven because there wasn’t enough space on the BBQ, but once the meat has shrunk down there was room. I wrapped the pork in foil with a bit of apple juice when it got to around 65℃, as the meat looked like it was beginning to stall.

We ate the pork with choice of two sauces, KC classic BBQ sauce and Columbia gold sauce and every one really enjoyed it.


Last weekend we headed back to my parents’ house in Lincolnshire and I split a few logs with my brother-in-law. The logs were then added to a self-supporting log pile, that my dad and sister had set up. This is basically a rectangular box of logs with all the other logs thrown in the middle. The idea is that this allows the logs to dry out, it is important to get the corners strong!

There is a lot more information in Lars Mytinng’s book Chopping Staking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way. Here are a few photos and videos.

BBQ Herb Chicken

We had a BBQ and cooked this Kefir (Yogurt) and Herb Chicken.

Roughly followed this recipe but changed it a bit and used a whole chicken, and used this for BBQ tips

Marinade the Chicken overnight:

Then set up the BBQ

Then check on it!

and enjoy

It tasted a lot better than it looked.


So we made it here. The ride seemed fairly tough today well really yesterday as I am writing this on the train home. I think it was all the stuff we were carrying, we were pretty tired and there were lots of ups and downs and shared use paths with people and dogs to avoid. 

Good views over the firth of forth and the new bridge they are building. 

It was a good little tour seems a bit strange to be going home and back to work so soon. It didn’t really seem like we got into the routine and tour life. It was good fun and a good route.

Due to bad Wi-Fi on the train I am posting this from home. 

Ice House Tentsmui Forest

Shortly after leaving the coop. We cycled through the forest. On some fairly smooth off road tracks. There were a few people about dog walkers and cyclists.

We made dinner some pasta, tomato sauce, beans, peas, onion, mushrooms and garlic. There was to much food, we had a beer with dinner. We washed up with a small amount of water, put the tents up.  

The flies and midges have started to come out and are bit annoying but don’t seem to be biting yet hopefully. I think we are going to have pudding and watch an episode of peep show before bed. I am feeling fairly sleepy. 

Coop Tayport

So today was spent mostly cycling along the coast into head wind. Lucky the family that arrived at about 9pm in a car and camped next to us didn’t make too much noise and I got an alright nights sleep. I was comfortable but forgot how small my tent is and how tricky it is to get  changed in it. 

Breakfast was a feast of coffee, bagel and muesli with swallows/house Martins over head. The sun was shinning. 

A lot of the route was off road and was good. We head though broughty ferry and stopped off in Dundee there are some photos of breakfast there as well. 

We are now stopped at the coop, cliff is getting dinner. 

St Cyrus Nature Reserve

After lunch we headed back on the road. We were full and felt more like a nap. We were also suffering from maldisembarkation, from the sleeper train and I kept feeling like I was moving forwards and backwards we didn’t even try any of the 100 whiskeys on offer at the ship inn. 

The cycle had nice views with trying headwinds. Most of the roads were quiet and good for cycling. There was a not very nice bit on the a92 which was fairly busy.

After this we head of on to smaller roads to St Cyrus nature reserve we have found a bit of grass in the car park where we can camp or hopefully can. 

Cliff is currently having a ‘shower’ in the toilet. 


The curry was a bit warm when we finally got all our stuff into the sleep carriage, but it was tasty. After curry and beer we watched an episode of peep show had a few biscuits and then slept a bit. There were a few rattles and the bed was a bit small but comfortable. The toilet was splatted with blood, (a child had had a nose bleed his mother apologised). We woke up at about 645, hoping for the coffee to be delivered we pre ordered one from the platform at Euston but the train boilers had broken so we got an orange juice and shortbread. We unloaded the bikes loaded all our stuff onto them and head into to Aberdeen for coffee and breakfast, we found the perfect place a weatherspoon. After this we headed out of the city into a nice head wind. We past another cyclist with a shinny new thorn, Raven sports two. 

It was a nice ride mostly a long the coast, spoilt only by having to cost the construction of a new road possibly A90.   

We are now stopped for lunch in the ship inn in stonehaven.