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Hi all. Looks like we won't be leaving Curacao til at least Wednesday. There is a gentleman flying in from Europe, to join us, sailing at least to Cartagena, Colombia.
Decided to take advantage of the sunny days and tackled the teak re-finishing, to finish off the last of it on the boat. Haven't been doing much real cooking on the boat lately, but I did make a 'Spanish omelette' today. It's more like a 'Jason' omelette, because I added a few things to it, like the spinach that was leftover was from a pasta dish I made the other night.
So, Spanish Omelette- really easy to make on a boat, and very tasty. Simply slice it up like a quiche, and serve it with a little salad. The omelette is made with onions, potatoes, eggs, and salt and pepper. Those are the base ingredients, but you can add just about anything you want. In this case, I added canned spinach and parmesan, to the eggs.
For the Spanish omelette in the photo, I used 3 medium potatoes (any kind of potato will do), two medium white onions, 8 eggs, 1 cup of canned spinach, 1 cup of parmesan, a sprinkling of mixed dried herbs, and salt and pepper. The idea is to add enough oil ( I use some olive and canola) to just cover the onions and the potatoes when they are all in the pan. Slice the potatoes to 1/4 inch thick and roughly slice up the onion, leaving them in bite-sized pieces. Let them simmer in the oil til done. Drain the oil away and add the eggs, and any other ingredients you like. The egg mixture will settle on the bottom and start to firm up. Once the eggs on the bottom have some color, flip the omelette to let the other side set and get some color. Once done, slice it up and serve. First picture is what the omelette will look like when finished, in the pan.
A little salad on the side and you've got a tasty lunch. Or dinner for that matter.
The last part of the boat's teak deck re-finishing. All of the old caulking has been removed. We want to make sure the wood is completely dry, so we'll wait til tomorrow to re-caulk. Once the new caulking is dry, we'll put 3 coats of sealer on it.
Now I've got it all taped up, ready for the caulking.
Caulking has been applied to the grooves and pressed in with a spreader.
Tape is removed and the caulking allowed to dry for 48 hours. Then it will be sanded and 3 coats of sealer applied.
Woke up to another beautiful, sunny day in Bonaire. Had to dive into the emerald waters. Once I was in, I immediately regretted not charging up my underwater camera. The colorful tropical fish were all over me, coming in real close for a look at this strange looking fish. I also dove down to take a look at the mooring blocks and realized that would have made an interesting shot, as would the lone puffer fish that was nibbling on the mooring line, about ten feet down. The visibility is amazing in Bonaire, which is why it is a dive destination for many people.
Spent some time polishing the stainless steel on the boat. Then went to customs and immigration to clear out, with the plan to do some provisioning right after, but the immigration officers couldn't get there til three, so we arranged to meet them at 4. It doesn't cost anything, by the way, to clear in and out of Bonaire. It only costs $10 per day for the mooring. Anchoring anywhere in Bonaire is prohibited because they are very conscious of the damage that is being done by all the boats that used to anchor here.
Anyway, we went to the shopping centre and walked around in a daze. Bonaire has everything you could possibly want, in the way of food, that is. We did the regular shopping that we normally do- bread, eggs, milk, orange juice, etc- but I also picked up a sizable hunk of brie and some other goodies. Oh yeah, they have real chocolate here in Bonaire, so we bought a ton of it, too.
After the shopping, we had to make a mad dash back to the Immigration and Customs office. Got there at 4:04, and found them waiting for us. We cleared out and I went to the laundrymat, where I had already dropped off my laundry bag, and posted this blog while my clothes were washing. The laundrymat is about a 15-minute walk from Karel's, and about ten minutes from the Customs and Immigration office. It's very clean and all the machines are modern. Going back to the boat to make schnitzel. I'm going to make a huge batch so we can munch on it as we sail. We sail for Curacao at first light tomorrow. We'll arrive in the afternoon.