Food Glorious Food
Waiting for spare parts there have been few excitements in recent boat life. Boaty chores, cleaning/tidying/fixing, doing odds and ends, some social life and sorting photos. And then, this morning it occurred to me, I thought you should know more about food – and tell you that a vegetarian eats very well on ocean crossings. Furthermore, it saves a pig and also reduces risk of food poisoning that goes with eating long-stored dead animal flesh!
Essentially my seafaring diet is always vegetable with something. Something such as lentil, bean, nuts, egg or cheese. Doesn’t sound exciting? Read on!
Market veg is usually better than supermarket veg. It lasts better if it’s not been chilled (which most supermarket veg is). Staples are the usual: rice, pasta, potato et al. And I have a pressure cooker for the pulses and beans, and after soaking, it’s only five to ten minutes under pressure. (Lucky the pressure cooker was rescued before it went to a local museum). Herbs and spices are colourful, varied and wonderful, and readily available almost everywhere.
Gas is always at a premium so cooking has to be done on hob. No oven or grill except for holiday or birthday treats, or with special visitors.
Finally, and most important, give all dishes a French title. (Or Italian if you must) Any meal is effortlessly transformed and elevated with exotic French words. The French realised a long time ago that food could only be eaten if it had a French name (pizza being an exception). That’s also why Michelin is the bee’s knees; and Tripadvisor so unreliable. For example, if my meal is with lentils or beans, it’s quelque chose ‘au vent’. Without the lentils or beans, it’s the same thing but ‘sans vent’. You may guess why. Culinary disasters like burnt bread can be transformed as ‘pain de la nuit’. (The wonders of French ‘O’ level a long time ago!). (Incidentally, lawyers use Latin for much the same reason as cooks use French: it adds exclusivity! It might impress some of us too.)
In a nutshell then; herbs, spices and French title, and you may consider you live like royalty!
Here are some more pictures of a few of this year’s Atlantic meals.