March 31, 2018

We are still attempting to live in the moment and enjoy the time we have left in the islands, but my cooking mind has started to look toward the future and provisioning for the days ahead that will be spent at sea. One thing I learned on the crossing from Norfolk to Tortola was that it's best to have complete dinners frozen ahead that you can just pull out and reheat, a lot of frozen dinners. I thought I would be looking for things to occupy my time on the way down and would be happy to spend hours in the galley cooking. What I hadn't taken into consideration were the times when seas were rough, down below was the last place you wanted to spend time, and comfort food was all anyone wanted to eat.

This is where the group project comes in. Do...

February 13, 2018

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It's always fun to check out the local markets in each island we visit. I usually have many questions for servers when we dine out, sometimes much to my friends dismay, but that is nothing compared to the questions I have for the women standing behind the produce. There are so many fruits, vegetables and spices I have never seen and have no idea how to use. Luckily, they are always happy to talk with you and to pass on cooking advice.

Here's some of what I've learned so far:

Sorrel are these beautiful red pods that you boil with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg around the holidays to make a festive drink. It cooks up to this rich, dark red concoction, not a ton of flavor though. No matter how much simple syrup I added I could not convince our yo...

January 3, 2018

First off, I have to tell you that people down in St. Kitts and Nevis are super helpful. If you are walking down the street and look the least bit confused they will stop their car and ask if they can help. Just last week when I was looking for a church to attend Christmas mass I asked a woman coming out of church if they had mass the next day for Christmas. They didn't, but she said St. George's down the street did, and she proceeded to usher me into her car and drive me there (if I hurried I could make the Sunday mass that was just getting started).

In that light, I went out today looking for a cookbook with local recipes. Being accustomed to a Barnes and Noble in every town and Amazon just a click away I didn't think it would be so diffic...

January 2, 2018

Sometimes dining out can be a bit of an adventure, not just because of the interesting foods to try but also getting there.

When anchored off of Pinney's Beach on Nevis you have to take the dingy ashore. There is no dock to tie up to and the beach is really steep with waves breaking on shore. Our dingy is pretty heavy so hoisting it onto the beach is not an easy option, it has to be left anchored a little off shore. Tony and I thought we had it all well planned out when we went out for dinner the other night. He would drop me off onshore with his clothes, he'd then anchor out and swim to shore in his underwear then

quick change to dry clothes on the beach assisted by a towel. Everything went according to plan on the drop off. I hopped off the...

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Our Itinerary

December 2018 - Leave the boat in Salerno, Italy

March 2019 - Return to Salerno

Sail to - Greece

              Croatia

 

July 2019 - Start to work our way back west across Mediterranean

              Italy

              Balearic Islands

              Spain

              Portugal

September 2019 - return home for our daughter's wedding!

 

October 2019 - Arrive in the Canary Islands

November 2019 - Sail from Canary Islands to Cape Verde and on to St. Lucia

December 2019 - Arrive in St. Lucia in plenty of time for the holidays!

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