Online Cruising Course
No Frames Frames
Cooking on vacation, especially on a boat, has its own imperatives. There
is a need to simplify and reduce preparation times.
Much of the same planning applies to boat and non-boat provisioning. There
is the same need to reduce vacation time spent cooking in a manner that the cooking does
not become a burdensome chore. There is the chance to reflect on the food relationship as
a opportunity with an exotic cuisine.
Crystallize your dining habits.
This the same basic technique that applies to many food processes. How to reduce
something to its essence, conceptualize it and use it to an advantage.
For instance, if you like cereal with fresh fruit, then your favorite cereal can be
packed and carried on the plane, especially if it might be hard to obtain. With that
basis, try a new tropical fruit for your usual variety.
Consider some quick and easy, flexible food options, especially for breakfast or lunch.
And cooking extra portions, such as breadfruit or jerk barbecue, can provide the basis,
such as hash browns or sandwiches, for successive breakfasts or lunches, cutting down on
cooking prep time.
Plan to have some great dining-out adventures.
Subtract the number of meals to be eaten out, expecting these to help make a delightful
vacation, including fine cuisine, West Indian favorites, sunset cocktails, and interesting
locations such as open-air verandahs.
Summarize the number of meals to be eaten aboard, considering meal menus drawn up ahead
that result from the food-related adventures in tropical cuisine, allowing for batch or
pre-cooked meals as well as some in-cruise shopping including deli and bakery stops and
mid-cruise provisioning at RTW, Riteway's wholesale
outlet near Virgin Gorda's Yacht Harbour.
Fresh baked goods, pastries, condiments and deli items are available in places like the
North Sound, Cane Garden Bay, Jost Van Dyke, Soper's Hole, Virgin Gorda's Yacht Harbour
and Anegada. Plan excursions that include shopping at these interesting places. See Groceries & Provisions in the BVI for
Draw up a list of provisions reflecting all this.
Buy major provisions, bulky liquids and initial fresh baked goods at the major outlets:
Riteway Supermarket and its Cash & Carry outlet, The Ample Hamper, K-Mark Gourmet
Galley and RTW wholesale.
Expect to consume more drinks that you ordinarily would. Have a light, refreshing
non-alcoholic option, so you don't overdo the alcohol simply to keep hydrated in the
On a boat, some advise refrigerate only the next couple of drinks ahead at a time.
Others use a separate ice chest for drinks (see Charter
Provisioning notes here).