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Re: When someone lists cook as a skill what is expected?

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Dave/Auspicious...you may not be a "chef" but you're welcome in my kitchen anytime! (or should I say Galley)

Thanks for chiming in on this thread, your culinary knowledge and passion for good food is inspiring (even to me)
Thanks Shawn. We'll have to cook together sometime.

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"What is the big deal with different ways to cook eggs?"
Argh, therebe the difference between a cook and a seacook. A cook can always send someone down the block to buy what's run out, but a seacook needs to lay in stores ahead of time.
I'm confused. Are you arguing for the sake of arguing? I'm a delivery skipper. I provision for long periods very often. I don't understand what your point is.

We bought 14 dozen eggs in Plymouth and ate any number of things across the Atlantic. Lots of different eggy meals plus contributions to bread and crepes and pancakes. Eggs keep a long time.

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If you wanted eggs benedict, were there proper english muffins on board? And can the alleged cook make hollandaise sauce, much less spell it?
I can spell Hollandaise. Eggs keep well, butter keeps well, and you can get lemon juice in a bottle that keeps well. If things are bumpy the Hollandaise may break if you don't have a stick blender to build the emulsion quickly but I wouldn't try to make it in sporty conditions anyway, ignoring that eggs Benedict wasn't on my list in the first place. English muffins keep pretty well. You can make them from scratch at sea but that is work I wouldn't usually take up unless things are really calm. Homemade bread makes an adequate substitute if you accept the result isn't really eggs Benedict.

Digression - you do want a stick blender if you cook offshore, even if it means running an inverter or generator. Making mayonnaise, soups, and standing in for a food processor for chopping nuts and other products justify the small space it takes and the power requirement.

You have a lot more flexibility in the first week offshore than later of course.

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And how will they ever throw together eggs rockefeller, forget about arguing if it needs spinach or dandelion greens, but some thing green has to be aboard.
No feta cheese laid in? Oh, well there goes the greek omelet too!
I don't get the argumentativeness. Actually I do usually provision feta as much for salads and beef as eggs. It freezes well. Without a freezer you can store it in oil for at least a couple of weeks. Cheese is in fact a great component of meals offshore providing protein and storing well.

Spinach doesn't keep worth a darn so if you want eggs Rockefeller you should plan on it in the first few days of a passage. In the first world harvesting dandelion greens risks pesticide and weed killer residue which seems unwise to me.

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I like Spam on Spam on a bed of Spam in a Spam sauce.
Any cook worth his salt has 100 recipe's for a good ol can of bully beef.


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Re: When someone lists cook as a skill what is expected?

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Any cook worth his salt has 100 recipe's for a good ol can of bully beef.
Reminds me of the recipe for cooking Galah (a type of Australian parrot).

Traditional Aboriginal recipe.

Build Fire.
Put a rock and the Galah into the fire.
When rock is tender, Galah ready to eat.

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Funny that's the same recipe the Abo's gave me for Parrot Fish.

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Cook a parrot in the US and you'll get visited by PETA throwing blood on your boat


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Re: When someone lists cook as a skill what is expected?

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Funny that's the same recipe the Abo's gave me for Parrot Fish.
I guess it also applies to foxes .... The unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible is the fox hunting metaphor I think.

Dave .... to some extent the same down here. All parrot species in Oz are protected.

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Re: When someone lists cook as a skill what is expected?

Being a good 'cook' involves many 'skills' and attributes. In addition to the obvious cooking skills, a cook should be organized, creative, agile, healthy, receptive to new ideas, have a good sense of humour. The cook should also understand some of the science of cooking as this will enable him/her to deal with interesting new ingredients or, bail themselves out when their 'creation' isn't working as expected.
Many 'cooks' have previous or concurrent other careers and/or interests. It is very important to discern what these experiences are. In some cases these may contribute to the success and enjoyment of the voyage, as in this example:



Or, on the other hand, the seacook's personality or philosophy might put them at odds with the remainder of the crew as in this example:

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Normally, when cooking parrots you only eat the rock.
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Funny that's the same recipe the Abo's gave me for Parrot Fish.
Works well on Trigger Fish or Leatherbacks.


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The cook should also understand some of the science of cooking as this will enable him/her to deal with interesting new ingredients or, bail themselves out when their 'creation' isn't working as expected.
Doesn't everyone carry a copy of
Amazon.com: On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen (9780684800011): Harold McGee: Books Amazon.com: On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen (9780684800011): Harold McGee: Books


aboard? *grin*
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