Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Vaunted Food Inventory - and - Ginger Root Tea

Well here it is, the long awaited, highly anticipated, extremely overrated inventory of food aboard Arden. Now, if I was an organized person, which I am not, the list would be categorized, organised, broken into groups and sub-groups....but for that I would need a secretary, or first mate, of which I have neither. Spook was useless during this operation, sleeping through the entire affair, so I am beginning to wonder of what use she is other than raw companionship, and body warmth at night. (I am only kidding, but I do wish she could type)

I discovered during the listing of my larder that I have more food aboard the boat than I think I ever had in a land based house. With the exception of refridgerated foods, I do believe I am far and away better stocked than I ever was at home. However, this does suggest a small problem, or issue, that I had not thought of before...how much does all this food weigh? I have no idea, although I suppose I could figure that out, but I imagine my waterline is 2 inches or so lower because of my stores.

I did find that although I do have alot, I am short a few very important items, such as yeast, sugar, (I definately need more than 10 lbs in 4 months) and peanut butter. (peanut butter is, it seems, a staple for cruising sailors) I am also terribly low on adult beverages, but well stockled on Koolaid. (I use the Walmart version of Crystal Lite, 6 little tubs in a tube, each tub makes 2 qts of drink...I think I have about 120 qts of drink mix on hand. after my time in Iraq, I am extremely over just plain water) I did also find that even though I rely heavily on canned goods, I am very short of canned fruit and fruit juice. Now the game plan will be to get fresh fruits and veggies as I can from the local market, I do think I need more on board. So here it is, read, enjoy, take a nap (it is long) and let me know if there are any suggestions, there are times I do get a bit of tunnel vision. (there we go back to that 25lbs of rice.)

Rice - 25lbs Potatos - 15lbs
Flour, Self Rising - 4lbs Corn Meal, White 2lbs
Flour, bleached - 15lbs Corn Meal, Yellow 4lbs
Sugar 10lbs Salt 3 lbs
Cooking Oil 2btl Pancake Mix 1 bx
Oatmeal 2 lbs Ramen Noodles 12
Muffin Mix, Berry 2 pch (blue and mixed) Baking Soda 2bx
Corn Starch 1 bx Seafood Breader 1bx
Syrup, Corn 1pt Corn Muffin Mix 5bx
Instant Potatos 4 pch White vinegar 5qts
Olive Oil 1pt Maple Syrup 1.5 btl
Baking Powder 1cn Peanut Butter 5 Jars
Popcorn 5lbs Spaghetti Sauce 4 Jar
Cheese, Montery Jack 1lb Cheese, Cheddar, Mild 1lb
Sardines 1cn
Jam, Strawberry 2 jar
Lunch Meat, Spam Single 2
Tea Bags 3 bx
Dried Beef 2 jar
Wine, White Zinfandel 1Btl
Wine, Chardonney 1btl
Wine, Cabernet Savignon 2btl
Vanilla Flavoring 1btl
Soup, Sirloin Burger 4cn
Soup, Tomato 7cn
Soup, Chicken Chowder 3cn
Tomato Paste 4cn
Tomato Sauce 8cn
Spaghetti Noodles 3bx
Elbow Noodles 1bx
Rotini Noodles 1bx
Ketchup 1btl
BBQ Sauce 1btl
Mayonaise 1qt
Ham, Canned 1
Mustard, Spicy 1btl
Chili, No Beans 1cn
Chili, Roadhouse 1cn
Chili, with Bean 4cn
Dried Milk 2bx
Chicken Flavored Rice 1bx
Milk, Evaporated 5cn
Rice, Beef flavored 1bx
Crabmeat, Canned 1cn
Tuna, Canned 7cn
Pineapple Slices 3cn
Coffee, Flavored 1lb
Coffee, Arabica 2lb
Pork and Beans 12cn
Diced Tomatos 1cn
Beans, Green 1cn
Beans, Kidney 2cn
Fruit Cocktail 1cn
Mandarin Oranges 1cn
Spaghetti o's 4cn
Manwich 1cn
Soup, Chicken Noodle 2cn
Soup, Steak and Potato 1cn
Smothered Potatos 1cn
Sweet Corn 5cn
Chili, Diced 1cn
Spaghetti Sauce, Canned 1cn
Spice, Steak Rub 1cn
Beans, dried, Black 1lb
Beans, Dried, Kidney 1lb
Peas, Dried 1lb
Chicken Flavored Rice 1pch
Tuna, Foil Pack 2
Oatmeal, Cinnamon 1bx
Cracker, Triscuit 1bx
Pizza Crust mix 1pch
Pasta, Chicken Flavored 1pch
Chicken Fried Rice 1pch
Cheddar Broccoli Rice 1pch
Garlic Butter Rice 1pch
Rice Medely 1pch
Tabasco Sauce 1btl
Drink Mix, Grape 3Tube (12 qts per)
Drink Mix, Cherry 2tb
Drink Mix, Fruit Punch 2tb
Drink Mix, Green Tea 1tb
Drink Mix, Orange 1tb
Drink Mix, Lemonade 1tb
Spice, Oregano 1btl
Spice, Garlic Salt 2btl
Spice, Pepper 1btl
Spice, Italian Seasoning 2btl
Spice, Parsely 1btl
Spice, Basil 1btl
Spice, Crushed Red Pepper 1btl
Spice, Cinnamon 1btl
Spice, Old Bay 1btl
Spice, Seafood Rub 1 btl

Garlic 1
Chicken Bullion 2 btl
Beef Bullion 2btl
Worstershire Sauce 2btl
Pineapple Juice, Canned 2cn
Grapefruit Juice, Canned 1cn
Chow Mein 1cn

Ginger Root Tea

A friend of mine gave me this recipe, she swears it is good for you, helps with cold and flu symptoms, is soothing no matter what the occaision. I know it sounds like an old voodoo concoction, but, without the bats wings and toad eyelids, it is very good.

1 inch piece of Ginger root
half clove of garlic - diced
1/2 lemon - juiced
teaspoon of honey
dash of cayenne pepper

Boil Ginger root for 2 or 3 min, pour water and root into cup. Add garlic, juice from lemon, honey, and sprinkle pepper on top. Believe it or not, this works. The cayenne and garlic are great for the sinuses, the honey and lemon soothes your throat, and the ginger gives you a good overall feeling.

Considering that I will be sailing through some very cool waters, this recipe will come in very handy, and I do intend to stock up on the ingredients before I go.

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