This weekend Ben and I decided to take a quick, five hour, road trip to his parents house in rural Australia… knowing that I decided to document our meals on Sunday for this WIAW post, as we went from working on the farm back home to Newcastle. Here were go…
We woke up well rested after a day of harvesting barley to take on the challenge of the day, “sheep work.” It was about 95° when we woke up, and no air conditioning, so hot breakfast was out of the picture. I cut up big bowls of apples and bananas, and sprinkled cinnamon and coconut flakes on top for Ben and I, while he cut up a few pieces of ham.
We ate while we read the Wednesday paper – it’s apparently the thing to do in the country, and the paper only gets delivered once a week because they live so far West.
By noon the temperatures on the farm were over 100°, and dealing with 400 sheep made things even hotter.
My throat was certainly dry out there, or it was just from all the dirt I had been breathing in, either way, break time calls for nice cold water!
Check out all of our hard work on the farm Sunday, and a little story about getting rammed by a sheep – yes, true story, in this post.
After about 3 hours in the hot sun we headed back to the house for lunch… but only after a nice cold shower to remove the layer of caked on dirt – I know, I was disgusting!
Ben’s mom had ham sandwiches and cold water waiting for us on the table.
Since giving up gluten for the Whole30 Challenge in September I have not been able to add bread back in, not because I can’t but because the thought of it doesn’t mesh well with me. I did take the ham and tomato out of my sandwich and eat them on their own. Delicious. Following my ham and tomato, Ben served up the Spicy Tuna Cakes I brought with us as an extra snack.
These bad boys are amazing, and usually my go to when we are traveling and need to bring something with us that could be used as a snack or meal replacement if there is nothing paleo friendly for us to eat.
Road Trip Snacking
We stopped twice on the drive back to Newcastle. Once to clear the bugs off the window; and get ice cream!!
Look at me and my contradictions. Talk about trying to eat paleo… fail!
My favorite thing to get on our road trips are Golden Gaytime Bars, but since this gas station had pints for the same price as two bars we settled on the pint instead. We’ve never tried Kangaroo Island Honey and Fig but it was so tastey we ate the whole thing!! Very sweet though, and the two of us who have steered clear of sugar for over 6 weeks, had major headaches later that night. Was it worth it?… Sure was!
We stopped a little later in the drive during kangaroo feeding time. Yes – kangaroo feeding time is a thing here, and it’s very easy to hit a roo with your car as they hop across the road to get more grass. The best thing to do while roos are eating is to stop driving and eat as well, so that’s just what we did! We snacked on little bags of gluten free chips I packed for us while we watched the sun set over the hills.
It’s not the best photo of a kangaroo eating dinner (if you want to see better photos of roos from my travels in Australia check out this post) but this is essentially what we look for when driving. That night we saw two eating/hopping across the road, and multiple who were not as lucky.
On Friday afternoon before we left for the farm I started to prep Sunday nights dinner – always thinkin ahead, so that when we got home we would have well marinated steak for Carne Asada and wouldn’t be tempted by fast food or pizza late night.
We got home around 9:30pm, and Ben got to work grilling up the steak while I made Spanish cauliflower rice.
The steak was a bit over cooked (sorry Ben), and I added way too much tomato to our rice, so it was more of a tomato rice than Spanish… we’re gonna work on that.
Other Yummies from the Week
// Mango, Banana, and Clementine Smoothie / Barley / Sweet but mostly Spicy Basa Fish//
We did not eat the barley off the stalk, but you know it’s eventually used in the foods we eat, so I had to include it in it’s natural state.
Last weekend I learned how to harvest wheat, barley, and oats. To see more photos of our weekend harvest click here.
What did you eat this week?