We have decided to split out our
recipes into the groups below. We have found that simply separating
them into categories like "Breakfast", "Lunch"
and "Dinner" does not work aboard our boat. Especially not
during passages! please note, most of the recipes we have made
ourself, but some are from other cruising boats we have met along our
travels. Where the recipe comes from another boat, we will clearly
give them credit. We also want you to know that ALL of the recipes
you find on our pages actually work aboard a cruising boat! We will
NOT post any recipe that has not been prepared aboard a cruising boat
and found to work well in the cruising environment.
We have been sailing for years. Often,
it was in cold areas like on a lake in Georgia during the winter and
on San Francisco bay most any time of the year when the weather is
not nice. On our way down the coast of California, and then the Baja,
we kept looking for warm weather! Where was it!!!????
Keeping warm and having good food is
not a problem for short day or 2 day runs, but it gets harder for
One morning I was on-watch from before
dawn to about 7 AM. Just after dawn, I noticed Jill was up and
heating some water for our coffee. Shortly after she came up into the
cockpit with a nice hot steaming cup of pure bliss in that dark
colored hot liquid. But what came next was even better! A large
portion of mashed potatoes! I know this sounds funny for breakfast,
but It sure was great! They are hot, filling and fills the belly. I
think that on that cold dawn, they were better than oatmeal!
So, we started having them often at the
dawn change of watch until we rounded Cabo San Lucas and hit the hot
weather. That gave rise to a saying we still use to this day....
Mashed potatoes, NOT just for breakfast
Things go BAD
We have all heard or
used the phrase, “That will last through the next ice age”. Well,
it just ain't so! Or it just might be that it is SO HOT in the Sea of
Cortez, there will not be another ice age?
When we departed the
San Francisco Bay area (home of GREAT food!), we took a lot of food
stuff with us. We were worried about not being able to find the foods
in Mexico we love. We had heard that you can not get peanut butter,
and a lot of other items in Mexico. Our cruise was open ended, but,
we thought we were well set.
One item that
surprised us was some of our packages of instant mashed potatoes.
Once we got to the Sea of Cortez, the weather was warm to HOT. So we
were not using up our supply. We had brought a few dozen package of 4
serving sized packets of a brand that we both thought were very good.
Jill would make fresh mashed and a pack of the brand we liked, and we
could not tell the difference.
Then, as the
following winter (I use the term loosely in tropical waters) was
approaching the temps started to drop.
One cool evening,
Jill made some very good beef we had picked up in La Paz and made a
packet of instant potatoes from our supply. We opened a nice bottle
of red, lit a candle and sat down to a wonderful evening dinner in
the cockpit to watch the stunning La Paz sunsets.
At the first taste
of the potatoes, we both looked at each other with surprise and SHOCK
on our faces! The stuff tasted more like wet concrete, way beyond
just simple paste.
Moral of the
story, instant mashed potatoes can and do go bad!
Now here is one that
I would have bet money would last forever.
In the US we would some times make a dip by simply dumping some
cheese and a jar of salsa together and heating it a bit. So, we had
put about 4 loafs of Velveeta in our storage aboard. It was low in
the boat to keep it in as cool a place as we could fine.
I mention how HOT it gets in the Sea of Cortez during the summer?
Well, IT DOES!
evening, we decided to watch a DVD on our player and I was going to
treat Jill to some chips and dip. I had purchased some GREAT fresh
salsa in town. I dug into our long term stores and got out one loaf
of the Velveeta to use part of (thinking I could use more fwith some
eggs the next day). When I opened the foil (still in tact and looking
perfect on the outside) what came out looked like a DARK brown brick!
It had about the feel of a regular, but looked and smelled VERY BAD!
No cheese with the chips that night.
of the story, Velveeta cheese can and does go bad!
When we departed, we
knew we wanted to take a lot of different spices with us. We also
knew that they do not last all that long, at least not in our house.
So we stocked up. We went to Costco and a few other big stores. We
decided to pick up the big bottles, about a quart size each. BAD
move! It seems to us that the bigger the bottle, the faster the stuff
goes bad. Also, one of the big bottles was “Taco spice”. BOY was
that stupid! The proverbial taking a ham sandwich to a banquet. After
2 years aboard, even down low in the boat, all of our spice was going
bad. Some was still usable, but not nearly as good as when it was
new. The tropics works it's heat into every place.
I mention how HOT it gets in the Sea of Cortez during the summer?Well, IT DOES! And even the water temp below the boat is in the 90s!!
When we went
cruising, we were not running away from anything, indeed, we were
running toward the discovery of new things. Our thirst for discovery
extends not only visiting and seeing new places, it extends to the
people AND FOOD of the area. To get to know the people, eating the
same food makes a big difference.
I have to say that
most people would consider both of us adventures eaters. Are you? If
not, you are going to lose a big aspect of cruising enjoyment.
Not long after we
arrived in Ensenada Mexico, they were having Carnavel. Although we
wanted to get south to warmer weather, we HAD to stay for the
festivities! We were NOT disappointed. During the Carnavel we noticed
how different it was from carnivals, fairs and the like are in the
USA. The big changes were in the food booths. We still found a lot of
the normal stuff like cotton candy and hot dogs. We also found a LOT
of fresh fruit and the like. It was a much healthier supply of fast
foods than can be seen at the like places in the the US.
As I was walking
down one of the streets, I came across a small stand with some type
of meat that I had never seen before. It was a big chunk of layered
meat with a pineapple on the top and bottom on a vertical spit in
front of a heater element. Sort of like a Gyros setup, but a
different meat. They were making tacos with it. There was a sign that
said Tacos for 3 Pesos (a bit under US$0.30). Hey, I'll try it.
It turned out to be
something called “Pastor”, a marinated pork. I tried one and
LOVED it! There was also a lady, about my mothers age, there as the
stand owner. We BOTH had fun teasing each other for a few hours. She
had a BIG meat cleaver and would jokingly threaten me if I didn't eat
more, and then laugh like crazy! It was SO MUCH fun for all of us.
And oh, by the way, she spoke no English and I spoke no Spanish at
the time! It became a social event as another customer showed us what
condiments to add to the tacos.
To this day, Pastor
has been one of my favorite foods in Mexico! And I never eat it
without thinking of our new friends.
pleasant food related surprise was something we were told about by
other cruisers, and then tried for ourself.
As we traveled up
into the Sea of Cortes on the Baja side, we stopped in a small town
called Santa Roselia. At one time it was a BIG mining center and had
a large French contingency there. We were looking forward to some
good French bread. The French left years ago and they don't make
French Bread any longer. We didn't get the French Bread, but what we
did get was one of the BEST hot dogs we have ever eaten in our life!
You have to
understand, Jill DOES NOT EAT HOT DOGS. So, only Greg was looking
forward to this particular treat. The treat we were told about was a
bacon wrapped hot dog. We were told that they are normally available
all over Mexico, but these in Santa Roselia were the best.
They come from a
stand that is by the church designed by Carl Eiffel. We walked to the
area it was supposed to be, but nothing was there. We checked all
corners near the church. When we asked, we were told that they don't
set up until 7 PM. So, we walked around and did a bit of sight
seeing. About 7:30 PM we made it back to the corner. It was jammed
with people! Both local and other cruisers. I got up to the front of
the line and ordered 1. That way if it was not as good as we were
told, we had not expended much.
One taste and WOW!!!
IT WAS GREAT. After a bit of coaxing, I managed to get Jill to take a
small taste. What took place next lives in the annals of our
marriage, I was ORDERED to get back in line and order 2 more for
HER!! I managed to eat 4 myself. We went back many, many times! The
dogs are SO GOOD, we did a YouTube video of them. You can see it by
We have had many
other food treats along our travels.
We urge others to work up the
courage to try things out of your comfort zone.