At anchor in Baie Anajo, on the north side of Nuku Hiva, a few days after scoring big at the 4 am Saturday veggie "market", we hosted a potluck bookswap aboard Tackless II attended by Mike and Mary of Danseuse de la Mer, Greg and Sujata of Majii Rey, and Joe and Julie of Apogee. Since two of the four boats kept a meatless diet, the potluck was necessarily vegetarian.
It is surprising how many cruisers are vegetarians. If you think of vegetarians as people who eat a lot of, well, vegetables, then the cruising life with long passages and uncertain markets might seem to be unsympathetic to their dietary needs. But, of course, when you expand your consideration to beans and rice, which store well without refrigeration, add in some pasta, potatoes and canned tomatoes, and of course, if you include fish in your regime particularly if you can catch them then you are not only pretty well set up but eating quite healthfully as well.
Plus, if man can live on bread alone, then man will survive in French Polynesia. Every morning, on nearly every island no matter how small, fresh French baguettes pop from ovens all over the country, (if they aren’t big enough for a baker, but big enough for a store, then baguettes are flown in frozen!) At 40 cents apiece, the days are usually gone before noon. One of the hardest adjustments the Two Captains had to make to the Polynesian lifestyle was putting shopping first on the day’s agenda. Over and over, wed finish our boat chores and get ashore just as the stores shut down for their two-hour midday break, the last baguette sold receding in the distance. If we hadn’t had friends who bought baguettes by the armload and then shared we might have made it to Tahiti before we’d had our first baguette.
And that would not have been a bad thing. Baguettes are addictive. You can be very French and eat them for breakfast spread with New Zealand butter or French jam (or both). For lunch you can fill them with sandwich stuff, which ninety percent of the time would be ham or cheese (or both), until you get to Tahiti where suddenly you can get exotic fillings like, I kid you not, hamburger and French fries or chop suey! yes, in the baguette. Our experience is that baguettes go straight to the hips.
There was no bread at the potluck!
Here are some of the different ideas that made the rounds:
Apogee’s Shepherd Pie Joe says, "I never cook from recipes. It’s too challenging for me." As we say in OZ (Australia) "most of us would rather risk catastrophe than read the instructions."
Joe says, "I never cook from recipes. It’s too challenging for me." As we say in OZ (Australia) "most of us would rather risk catastrophe than read the instructions."
T2’s Chinese Cole Slaw