Gone Native Cuisine
12 April 2009 | North of Chamela, Mexico, Pacific Ocean
By Capt. Desiree
Of late we are spending more hours at sea than we choose to in order to make our arrival date. We are actually about 70-80% at seas these days, realizing how extensive Mexico really is. We feel fortunate when we drop anchor to catch up on a full nights' sleep, otherwise we are pounding up the coast for days at a time.
The seas have been varied. Often we are blasted with 25 knots on our nose, and creeping northward at a sluggish 2 knots. However, whether it's a day of slugging up wind (the majority of the time lately), or a calm breeze, meals are consumed. The rough days can consist of salty snacks or Homer (The Simpson's) food, but other evenings a special entrée is served. In fact, the fish above was caught off Costa Rica, and frozen immediately to retain its fresh flavor. I opened the refrigerator, saw what zest and savors were available, and...voila! As I have said before, no one would ever have considered me a cook, but with no roasted chickens or take-out available, you get creative. Ryan and Wesley now consider me quite the cook, but I just don't know how I will be able to keep on the chef's hat once we return to Ventura. Hopefully, I will keep up a few tricks up my sleeve, and serve some special served entrees on Beachmont.