Happy Hour at the Exuma Land and Sea Park
19 February 2011 | Warderick Wells Cay, Exuma, Bahamas
Every Saturday evening there is a Happy Hour at the beach nearest park headquarters on Warderick Wells Cay. We checked our larder for a dish to bring and found little there. But, we still had three nice butternut squash we bought before we left Wilson. So Bud got the great idea that I should make squash tarts.
It was a good idea, except that it took me all day in our little galley. I cut and cooked one squash last night so it would be cool to work with. Then this morning I skinned it and mashed it. Then I made the pie dough. I used our silicon cupcake pans and used an empty cream cheese container to cut the circles. Once the dough was made and the first 12 tarts formed, I finished mixing the filling. I couldn’t get our hand mixer to work (I’d bent it trying to use it to mash potatoes) so I had to use a whisk to mix the squash, milk and eggs together. I beat it for a long time but there were still lumps and strings from the squash. Bud helped me run the filling through a colander, and then I took the squash pulp that wouldn’t pass through the colander and mashed it through a wire strainer. Eventually I had it smooth.
I made 24 tarts, but had to bake them in two batches because I only had 2 cupcake pans that made 6 cupcakes each. Besides, the little oven in the galley would only hold the 2 small pans. There was still more pie dough and more filling, so I used a small stainless bowl and made a little pie. By the time everything was baked it was mid-afternoon. We ended up just cleaning up the boat and cleaning up ourselves and calling it a day.
We decided to run the generator and heat some water (and charge the batteries) and take showers on the boat. The generator had only been running about 10 minutes and the batteries were charged. The wind generator is really doing well supplying us with power. We hadn’t had any other power source besides the solar panels since we left Nassau Monday morning. We still haven’t moved the solar panels off the lifelines, so I’m not sure how effective they are, but the Super Wind has been doing great!
I was glad after all that work that the squash tarts were a hit. It was fun meeting and talking to another group of cruisers. We saw people we’d seen at White Cay in the Berries, people we were docked near in Nassau, and people we’d just talked to on the radio.
As it got dark the hutia came out. They are the only mammal native to these islands; they look like over sized hamsters with rats’ tails. They are very tame here in the park and were walking right up among the people looking for scraps. I was holding Fuzzy and he was growling and wriggling in my arms; he wanted to get at those hutia. I managed to get a picture of one even though it was now dark. I added it to the gallery (along with a shot of my squash tarts).
I think we’re leaving tomorrow. It’s frustrating because I ended up not snorkeling at all. Yesterday afternoon clouded up and it was really too cool. Today would have been perfect, but I was up to my elbows in squash tarts. Oh well, next time, next place.