The lazy afternoon had me on my hands and knees crawling through rich black soil helping out at the cummnity garden. Today I learned why there are no sailor girls on Lopez, they are all farmers. It was a beautiful afternoon of hard work, exactly one and a half hours which almost exceeded my daily maximum and a another 30 bucks in the kitty. When it rains it pours.
Cans, boxes, packages, jars and bottles, the sailors diet is an odd one. The take every opportunity to eat fresh and local but having a dry veggie locker due to my own forgetfulness I rifled though the cubbards for a real treat. Fresh back from the jacuzzi feeling clean and happy but almost too exausted to cook. I scored big time when I found a real box of velveeta Mac and cheese. I’ve never once in my life had this, I always get the nasty organic kind. 10 minutes of boing water and a huge pinch of dried red peppers and it was chow time. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it even tasted good but it filled my depleted body with much needed calories. Two glasses of wine and I was down for the count practically before the sun.
In my big boat fantasies I have a small herb garden in deck, piles of space to store a canner and hundreds of glass jars, ready to be filled with the bounty of spring. For now it’s the farmers market and and dried black and red pepper. I’ve been saving for a full half pound of organic black peppercorns the staple base of everything I cook. Im convinced that fresh garlic and black pepper with a but of canned butter can make anything taste good on canned food day.
I’m no better of a gardener than I am a cook but I’ve got a strong back, a firm grip and enough desire to continue exploring barefoot through the garden of Eden this sleepy little island chain provides me.
“Everything that’s innocent to us is crazy to them.”