|Our fridge, after going "grocery shopping" today. We are in trouble.|
Scott's actually a great sport about it most of the time and even says he loves my "cooking" on the incredibly rare occasion I get inspired. More than once during this hiatus, however, he's dropped hints that we need to kick it up a notch in the galley. "Hey! I have an idea" he'll say all excited-like, "Let's come up with ten easy dishes that we like so that we can have a little variety in our diet this time around" or "Now that we have a fridge and freezer, I wonder if we'll eat peanut butter on toast every single day for breakfast?" Hint, hint. (And yes, we actually did eat peanut butter on toast every day for almost a solid eighteen months). On Rasmus our dinners were slightly more varied and usually one of these five things: rice and beans, grilled cheese, stir fry, pasta or soup...I guess I could come up with five more?
Since we've been on land for a while I have gotten even more lazy, relying far too heavily on local cafes and frozen meals. Scott (before he left on this last captain rotation) began to notice this as well. After I served him frozen pizza for the fourth time in almost as many days (it was organic and light!) he declared that he would be the primary cook aboard our boat. I guess that could be considered a victory for me? Like the kid who gets out of dish duty by breaking dishes? Either way, something is going to have to change because we cannot leave with a hundred frozen pizzas on this boat. But man would that be awesome...
My problem is that I can eat the same thing, day in and day out, with no problem. I blame my British mother (who I adore) and natural inclination towards routine for my bland palette If you think I am exaggerating, I will have you know that during college I got a Christmas present from my local subway. How many of you can boast that you went to your fast food place of choice so much that you got a Christmas present from them? I can. I bought a foot long sub (almost) every. single. day. of my senior year and ate half for lunch, half for dinner. To blow your mind even further, I never even strayed from my "usual" turkey (no cheese) sandwich with extra yellow mustard and all the veggies (minus the hot stuff). Yeah, I know: BOR-ING. But it makes my point, right?
Anywho...I was sitting here going through our last provisioning list and doing online research about the mysterious art of stocking up on food and my brain just shut down, much like it does when trying to think of something to make for dinner. I decided my time would be better spent telling you about this so I don't have to look at excel spreadsheets full of random ingredients that I have no idea how to put together for the next couple hours. So, yeah. There's that. I am obviously procrastinating.
As for dinner tonight, I've got a liter of coconut water and some pre-made pasta salad that served as dinner last night and lunch today. Sigh. Bon apetit!