Kaimusailing

s/v Kaimu Wharram Catamaran

Vessel Name: Kaimu
Vessel Make/Model: Wharram Custom
Hailing Port: Norwalk, CT
Crew: Andy and the Kaimu Crew
About: Sailors in the Baltimore, Annapolis, DC area.
12 May 2024 | Somers Cove, Crisfield, MD
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Recent Blog Posts
12 May 2024 | Somers Cove, Crisfield, MD

Happy Mother's Day

I of course had chicken Parmesan for breakfast on sourdough bread. I have still more in the fridge.

09 May 2024 | Somers Cove, Crisfield, MD

Digging In in Crisfield

The frenzied packing of the rental car was done in about 4 hours. I had organized (ha!) what was to be packed, to be trashed, to be carefully stowed previously, so it was just a matter of grunt work. The vehicle was perfect for the job, a Toyota RAV4, midsize SUV with plenty of storage space when you [...]

01 May 2024 | St. Marys, GA

Preparations

After rowing the dinghy all over the river I thought the next day I would be sore. I was, sort of, but I felt OK. I want to do more rowing. That which does not kill you makes you stronger.

23 April 2024 | St Marys, GA

D4 Launchie

The laptop pooped the bed, so I have to scurry around with alternatives. Not as bad as typing on the phone.

17 April 2024 | St Marys, GA

Dinghy Skeg

I was suffering with what seemed like a cold and also had allergy symptoms. I awoke and felt fine. The green pollen that was coating everything was gone. Maybe it will return.

07 April 2024 | St. Marys, GA

Clammy Hands

Items came in from TEMU, the Chinese cut rate retailer. One was a nice little drone that cost about twelve and a half dollars. It looked like an easy thing to play with while I coughed and sneezed. I was fighting a summer cold, even though it is not summer elsewhere, it seems like it here. A nice [...]

Chowdah!

10 December 2023 | St Marys, GA
Cap'n Chef Andy | Mild with a Front Coming
I had overdone it. My hip was sore and I took it easy. The Thanksgiving Feast was finally over and done with. Ironically I had a fridge with 3 pats of cheese and a quart of mole sauce and nothing else. I needed to shop to replenish my stores. I wanted to make chili dogs with the mole, so put them on the list. Also chicken.
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We shopped after lunch at Longhorn’s and I picked up 4 pounds of boneless chicken thighs as well as the hot dogs. Back aboard Kaimu I seared the thighs and waited for them to shrink. I spooned off excess chicken fat. Half my reserved mole went into the large pan of chicken. Probably enough to feed 10 people.
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The next day I cooked the hot dogs in mole. I now had too much food and no one to eat it but me. I had chili dogs on “gourmet” baguette buns, on ciabatta rolls, and I had a bowl of chicken mole later.
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The next day we were to go shopping again and I had a few things to get, mainly wine. We had discussed going to Compas, a local mexican restaurant, but due to my excessive consumption of mexican food, we opted to go to the Chinese buffet next door. I haven’t gone there since having a bad meal there a few years ago. It was good this time. When I left I noticed the mexican restaurant “Open” sign was not lit, I went in and told them. There were people home but the lights weren’t on.
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I had been using sardines as an easy open can type snack, great with Ritz crackers. Now I had bought a large can of cheap sardines that turned out to be mackerel in a weak tomato juice, no wonder they were so cheap. What to do with them. I found some very basic recipes online that were mediterranean and some from southeast asia. A light bulb went off. Now I have a use for the scads of instant tom yum paste.
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I had visions of a southeast asian family, living on a boat of course, having a spicy meal of fish and rice. The mediterranean recipes were using noodles. I experimented. I put a mackerel in a bowl with ½ of a package of ramen noodles and added some of the liquid the mackerel was packed in. Then about 1/3 cup of water and a tablespoon of instant tom yum paste. Finish in the microwave. The whole process takes about 5 minutes. Then you are taken to the humble meal of the boat people. Maybe too spicy for some, use less paste. Well, what are you going to do with mackerel anyway, make a dip with cream cheese ala Eloisa?
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After helping cook and eat gumbo by my friend Geoff, and being bored enough to see if anything was on Netflix, I was looking for “A Man in Full”, apparently not yet released, and instead ran across a series based on a book “High on the Hog”, which I had heard about, and here it was, take a look. So I did. It is now in season 2, but going back to season 1, the opening show is in Benin, West Africa, and the roots of African-American cuisine. The word for okra there sounds like gumbo. Holy cow, you want authentic gumbo, here it is. I will continue watching, they get down to the roots of soul food.
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I am continuing to watch the High on the Hog series. It is very interesting from a cultural standpoint and also it’s about food, ultimately the food of the American South, the Southeast, including the Gullah people. But I’ve only just started and only on episode 3 or 4.
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Houston, the tattoo artist, went off on a SUP, stand up paddle, board and tried sailing it with some of my windsurfing equipment. He ended up in the weeds at the edge of the marsh. We got together and discussed the insanity. No wetsuit. Alligators. Yeah, it went OK, glad his wife could come out and get him.
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The request was to accompany Komputer Ken to Yulee, FL, and maybe shop at Aldi’s on the way back. We had lunch at Panda’s, a Chinese chain, I wasn’t hungry but I ate a double portion of the chili shrimp with some fried rice. At Aldi’s I bought some cream cheese to make a sandwich spread and white onions. The prices were not low.
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A brief report on the mackerel sandwich spread, don’t bother, not worthy.
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Komputer Ken was pleased to know the mackerel mixture was a failure, he hates mackerel and sardines. We went on a laundry trip and I shopped for wine and bread, no mackerel. I had to wash the winter outer garb that had sat for so long. We went to the post office.
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I wanted to check on any mail that may have been forwarded from Crisfield to St. Marys via the US Postal Service. I had put in a temporary mail forwarding order and the local post office sent a form to the old address while I was on my way to the new address. Thus, I did not get that piece of mail or any of the other pieces of mail that I wished to be forwarded. The post office had two pieces of mail for me, both from the postal service. There were instructions on how to confirm my temporary change of address. Maybe my mail will never get forwarded.
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I began an experiment with rice, sardines (mackerel), and instant tom yum paste. The pseudo southeast asian soup I made with noodles came out OK, now we will try it with brown rice. I microwaved the rice with the appropriate amount of water, checking to see when it would come to a boil, then let it rest, reheat to a boil, and so on. After the initial heating it looked like 90 seconds every 5 minutes or so would cook the rice. At the same time I was dewatering what was left in the bilges. The regimen of nuking the rice and then taking some time to get down in the bilge(s) and scoop a pint of water out, at a time, into a 2 gallon bucket, then discarding the brown water in front of everyone in the boatyard, continued. I could not have continued without that methodical regimen.
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Another experiment included the neolithic chicken mole that existed in the fridge for about 2 weeks. On the poached rice it was very nice. We’ll see tomorrow. I can’t give up on the last portion, if I survive to eat it. I ate it and was content with the texture and flavor. What does not kill you only makes you stronger. Up to a point.
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The fridge died.
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Surprise, Eloisa came into town. We shopped for a new fridge and retreated to Southern River Walk for wine and clam chowder.
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The next day was a panic to put things away before a nasty front came through with rain and wind. Cuddily and Cornelia Marie returned fro the Azores. They had rain too in Baltimore and Crisfield.
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My daughter announced she is pregnant and coming to visit the USA from Oxford, UK. The plan is to visit Cedar Key and have some of the World Championship clam chowder there.
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The image is a photo of Christmas trees at downtown St. Marys.
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