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Not quite Bruscetta, no onion and the tomato just sliced not diced but yeah, that's the general idea. Maybe Ms Wombat will have more luck keeping the basil loving caterpillers at bay on board than she does at home.

The Spaniels have a thing where they take a slice of bread toasted on one side only then you pour some olive oil (evoo of course) onto the bread , rub into that some garlic and then some very ripe tomato. Pan con Tomate they call it. With a side order of Jamon (the black foot acorn eating pig type Pata Negro sp ?? not sure) and a plate of freshly grilled or steamed prawns (shrimps to you lot). Whenever I go to Spain, the first thing I do is find a little cafe and get me some of that.

PS to Alex - Portuguese version of Pan con Tomate ?

(edit) suffice it to say whether on TB or the Womboat the TBs and Wombats would be guaranteed a meal to each others liking.

pps - basil is sorted, now find me a 12v juicer (not citrus. carrots, apples and the like) and she will have no more excuses not to buy a bigger boat and move aboard.
Hmmm, interesting. The first tomatoes arrived in Europe from South America some time between 1540 and 1550. The first mention of them in Italy is in 1692. The Maltese must have been quick off the mark to have them in the 1560s. My guess is that it was a Portuguese sailor who came up with the idea.

Pa amb tomaquet is the Catalan name for it and in Spain it was firstly a Catalan dish. Given that at that time the Catalans had their tentacles stretching into Italy that the dish either came from Malta or went to Malta from Catalonia is not all that surprising. Like Gazpacho I'd always presumed that it was a pilgrims recipe. Simple and easy to prepare and not needing much in the way of equipment.

Alex will now inform us that Gazpacho is also stolen by the Spaniels but lets wait and see shall we ?
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My wife is kind of interested in a parrot........

I know at least one of us has experiences with a ferret aboard, yes?
Parrots can't take drafts well, they will get sick and die. $1000+ for a burial at sea? A "White Eye Conure" is a dwarf S.A. Parrot that can learn to talk, much cheaper but needs to be out of cold drafts also. Cage covers work well.

Ferrets usually stay in the cage but need free time to play but Sheena thinks the cage is where she eats only and gets really testy if she isn't out a lot. They can squeeze into any crack their head can fit into so Ferret proofing the cabin is a must.

If you think heeling over makes loose things go crash, get a Ferret, they are just plain nosey, then they look at you like it's not their fault. Ferrets are between a dog and a cat on the IQ chain, they usually listen more than a cat but a tad less than a dog. Ferrets are also very lovable and affectionate. They eat 4+ x's a day and the result is daily cleaning of their "corner" litter box.

Ferrets are also great swimmers, related to Mink, Weasel and Otters so a dunking if they go over usually isn't a problem. If you keep the cage clean, they don't smell.

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Hmmm, interesting. The first tomatoes arrived in Europe from South America some time between 1540 and 1550. The first mention of them in Italy is in 1692. The Maltese must have been quick off the mark to have them in the 1560s. My guess is that it was a Portuguese sailor who came up with the idea.

Pa amb tomaquet is the Catalan name for it and in Spain it was firstly a Catalan dish. Given that at that time the Catalans had their tentacles stretching into Italy that the dish either came from Malta or went to Malta from Catalonia is not all that surprising. Like Gazpacho I'd always presumed that it was a pilgrims recipe. Simple and easy to prepare and not needing much in the way of equipment.

Alex will now inform us that Gazpacho is also stolen by the Spaniels but lets wait and see shall we ?
Upsidedowner...please allow me.

As usual, when you use Wikipedia as your main "reliable" "information" source, you show you know much about anything as the next man...a typical case of open mouth, insert foot...how wrong you are, so take your sarcasm an insert in the back hole...ignorance is not a bliss, and you lost a good opportunity to say nothing.....

For your information, (if you want), because if you insist on throwing me wikipedia facts I desist this argument right now.

The tomato as you know it now, the red thing, was not the first tomato to arrive in Europe.

In fact the first tomato that arrived in Europe was not the red species you know, but the green one that originated from Pre-Colombian times and was spread as far as Mexico. (it arrived with the Chocolate, corn, potato, avocado, beans, etc.).

Since it turned yellow soon, it was named "pomodoro", which means "gold apple" in italian, and as a matter of fact they still use that name today. OK?

The tomato was considered for many years a poisonous fruit, (because it looked like the red berries Mandragora, if you don't know what it is go to your dear wikipedia again, and pretend to be knowlageble again....), and was only used as an ornamental fruit!!!!!!!......and the red species only arrived in Europe 30 years after the green species.

It was brought by the Spanish, in the first expeditions in the early XVI Century (and I said early) but was not eaten until much later.

It was not referenced in culinary books, because IT WAS NOT CONSIDERED A EATABLE ITEM!!!!!!! (so wikipedia under another name will you??) it arrived in 1554, to be more precise, and was in Malta as an ornament. Thus during the siege, it was not given much importance by the enemy...got it now?????

During the great siege, (and as a free foot note, for you information, also, the Grand Masters of the Order of St. John, in Malta, were either Portuguese or Spanish, and if you don't believe check your dearest wikipedia), they ate it, because they had nothing else to eat....

It is from this episode that the tomato as a poisonous fruit was dismistified!!!

Now...please, save me from smart ass inaccurate sarcasm....go back to the start box and do not collect the money.....

Sometimes, when we have nothing good to say, its better say nothing, than to prove what little we know....

Now...the Gazpacho...it originates in Andalucia, and hence the name...

But in Alentejo and Algarve there is also gaspacho. It has bread and eggs in it.

Over here, in old Europe we learn history in school, not from wikipedia or web pages.
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Ferrets are also great swimmers, related to Mink, Weasel and Otters so a dunking if they go over usually isn't a problem. If you keep the cage clean, they don't smell.

HTH
You forgot "skunk" on your list Ferrets have scent glands (they are part of the Mustelidea family) and when they get excited as while playing, it can get a bit ripe. I had one when my kids were rather small and they used to call it her stink bomb. It's not unpleasant, just musky.

But they have a lot of personality and are incorrigibly curious. And they will sleep anywhere. When the ferret disappeared she would either be inside my son's dresser drawer (the top one), or inside the sofa.

Also the males are twice the size of the females.
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Nah... Sailingdog's are hard to train, barely housebroken, and have a mean temperament...

In fact my better half used to describe me as having a very vicious, overprotective, and impossibly loyal, slightly rabid wolf around the house... she used to tell her friends that I'd kill someone for looking at her the wrong way if she just asked me to... and she was right...
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In fact my better half used to describe me as having a very vicious, overprotective, and impossibly loyal, slightly rabid wolf around the house... she used to tell her friends that I'd kill someone for looking at her the wrong way if she just asked me to... and she was right...
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