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Culinary adventures on the high seas: Rotten tomatoes, savory mussels and more bananas

September 22, 2009

We’ve had a few culinary adventures in the last two weeks, one of them being the tomatoes we delicately wrapped in tinfoil. Remember that little gem of advice about sealing tomatoes to keep them fresh? It turns out that strategy does nothing toward their preservation.

In fact, opening up the balls of foil is like opening up a stink bomb; you never know how bad it’s going to be until you peel back the wrapping and see a squishy tomato-like mess inside.

This was the beginning of the experiment, half of the tomatoes were wrapped in tinfoil and half of the tomatoes were left unwrapped. Let’s just say the wrapped tomatoes didn’t fare so well. Photo Lindsey Hoshaw

This was the beginning of the experiment, half of the tomatoes were wrapped in tinfoil and half of the tomatoes were left unwrapped. Let’s just say the wrapped tomatoes didn’t fare so well. Photo Lindsey Hoshaw


Jeff and Gwen make salsa from the few edible tinfoil-wrapped tomatoes

Jeff and Gwen make salsa from the few edible tinfoil-wrapped tomatoes

On the other hand, we’ve had some great meals, albeit unusual ones. We’ve consisted on a diet of banana bread, fried bananas, dried bananas, banana smoothies and banana pudding (among other things). And we managed to pull 20 mussels off a buoy we found floating by then boiled them for dinner. I have to say, spaghetti with a side of buoy-mussels is pretty delicious.

These are the mussels Captain Moore cut off an abandoned buoy we saw floating by the ship. They were tiny but worth saving. Photo Lindsey Hoshaw

These are the mussels Captain Moore cut off an abandoned buoy we saw floating by the ship. They were tiny but worth saving. Photo Lindsey Hoshaw

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2009 5:07 pm

    Eewwwhhh! There are all kinds of great experiments going on aboard that boat. lol Thanks for the great blog, Lindsay. Stay safe!

  2. Karen permalink
    September 28, 2009 8:31 am

    Wrapping veggies, especially the succulent kind indeed lengthens their lifespan but not with aluminum foil. It should be with something absorbent, like old newspapers. The principle is to let the moisture be absorbed to keep it from spoiling.

  3. October 2, 2009 6:49 am

    Umm … mussels?

    In Dublin’s fair city,
    Where the girls are so pretty,
    I first laid my eyes on sweet Molly Malone.
    As she wheeled her wheelbarrow,
    Through streets broad and narrow,
    Crying “Cockles And Mussels, Alive alive Oh!”

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