12 April 2010 | Ostia and Fiumicino
Sometimes we get asked about provisioning. We're not preparing for long ocean trips, but we know from past experience that the islands of the western Med can get very pricey for basic foodstuffs - a combination of island overheads and tourist rip-off.
So we want to make sure we're stocked up, able to live well while at anchor for a week or three without having to rely on wildly expensive local shops. (Take note of this anyone planning to visit the Iles d'Hyere: beautiful, but all food stuffs are scandalously dear!) To this end, we returned to Fiumicino, to the big Auchun supermarket and made a major shop. On return we had our two shopping trolleys and two rucksacks full of provender. To stow it, we took everything out of our various food lockers and put it all together, so it could go away in a manageable and useful fashion.
Here it all is!
You can't really see it in this photo, but there is quite a lot of whisky involved, and Pip's Amaretto tipple. Rice, pasta and noodles, tins of meat, fish and veg, quantities of coffee and tea. Various household items, including cleaning kit. A large sack of flour, and lots of milk.
Some things are astonishingly hard to find here. Milk powder, paper coffee filters. And others are really hard to recognise: we've had huge problems tracking down yeast and in fact brought loads out from the UK. Lievito pane degli Angeli, with deceptive pix of baked goods, is everywhere. But it's baking powder and no help for pizza or bread.
We got most of the stuff on our list, but we still hunting the elusive dried milk and the avocado oil we like on salads. And an important Kiwi food symbol has a prominent place in this display, for those who can spot it.