THE JOURNEY

A pastry chef in the making
Timber under the Hostel at Beeman Base, Campbell Island Bicentennary Expedition
Rubbish under the Hostel at Beeman Base, Campbell Island Bicentennary Expedition
Steve Croasdale, flaky pastry, Campbell Island Bicentennary Expedition
Steve Croasdale, flaky pastry, Campbell Island Bicentennary Expedition
Steve Croasdale, flaky pastry, Mountford, Campbell Island Bicentennary Expeditio
Rolling pin, Campbell Island Bicentennary Expedition

A pastry chef in the making

Steve Croasdale was our ‘can do’ handy man on the expedition. While he didn’t pop up a lot in our island blogs he was always there working away on repairing and maintaining the base camp buildings on behalf of the Met Service.

Part of this involved clearing out the rubbish that had accumulated under the floor of the Hostel building for many years. A number of strange items came out of that pile, but among the more promising were some short bits of timber. Instead of resigning them to the fate of most odd bits of wood (e.g., burnt in the Marshal fire box to heat our water) it was lovingly put aside to be taken with us on our return home. Given Steve’s handy man expertise it didn’t take him long to turn the rejected timber slabs into a useful tool – a rolling pin! 

Far from an unusual item to make, this will be a solid reminder of Steve’s impromptu pasty lessons he undertook on the island – making some lovely pies with home made flaky pastry (a big task for even the culinary masters among us). Hopefully his culinary skills are going to continue now that he is home and has a shiny new rolling pin…. Steve, I am always here if you need a taster!

Shelley McMurtrie