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09/06/2013 - 09/07/2013
Saturday September 7th, 2013
So much as happened since my last entry I can hardly remember it all. Friday is a complete blur. WAY TOO TIRED to even think about blogging. Did Friday even happen? Hell, I can barely lift my arms up. I cannot even recall what I did! Something about a ship, somewhere…
Morning came early – way too early. As we are still in port at Erie, PA breakfasts are served at 8:30. So I get to “sleep in” as it was announced to me one hour to 7:30. OY! This is going to be the toughest part, I think. The bill of fare for Saturday breakfast was Pumpkin Pancakes served with real maple syrup, Bacon and Sausage with coffee and tea. Today is the last day for Kathleen, the outgoing cook, who has earned a nice long break. She is done, done, done. More done than a senior in high school on June 1st. She made the delicious pancakes, I did the bacon and sausage coffee and tea. Yummy! The crew ate breakfast in 15 minutes flat and I was left to clean up the galley. I got that done in just enough time to realize that even though we had discussed transferring responsibilities on Sunday after provisioning the ship, she was not keen to do lunch. Meaning either the lunch was going to make itself or I was going to have to do it. I had no problems with this, as an eager newbie, however I wish I would have noticed that sooner. I only had 45 minutes to make lunch and we had planned on making quiche. It turns out that I can whip a quiche together at the speed of greased lightning if I have to! My oven, however cannot bake fast enough for my liking, or my shipmates. Lunch was tardy, albeit 10 minutes, but I did inform the Officer of the Watch, as I was supposed to, and it was not a crisis as were still in port and not on the 3 watch system. In port the crew is divided into two watches, Starboard and Port Watch. Generally speaking all hands mess together when in port except those who might opt to dine out if they have the day off. The two watches take turns working every other day. As I am not a “watchstander” I am considered on every watch and therefore get to work every day, but I also get to sail whenever I want, providing that my duties in my Galley are not neglected. Long story made even longer, everybody seemed to enjoy the Caramelized Tomato, Onion, Garlic and Basil Quiche for lunch.
As soon as we had cleaned up, I was planning on starting in on the inventory of my stores. I have to know what is on the ship to know how to provision her as well as what I have at my fingertips when underway. Once this chore is done I will select my bill of fare for the next two weeks and make my shopping list. I need all of this done by Sunday AM in order to provision her on schedule. I got all of the storage in the Dining Saloon inventoried on my laptop. Outdated canned goods tossed and every relabeled and resorted out to my liking. This is a lot of work and many hours.
Dinner tonight was simple - PIZZA. Yes the Tallship Race Organizers had a pizza party for us with the pies delivered right to our ship. I had many hours of work to do still as I still have to clean and inventory the Pantry and the Galley proper. I ended working until 04:30. A 21 hour work day. Still no proper shopping list and I leave in the morning to go shopping. Cross your fingers for me.
I will officially take control of my Galley on Sunday.
Sweet Sleep All,
Cook on Pride of Baltimore II