Item posted: Friday 15th February , 2013
The other evening, I decided to perfect my scone recipe. I’d had a go at cooking them for the very first time on board my boat the week before, and they went pretty well, but I thought I could do better. The second time, I used a little less milk, and bought some cookie cutters to cut them out properly with the jagged edges.
Success! Scones mk2 were even better than their predecessors. I cooked up a big batch, and enjoyed eating some with butter and strawberry jam with my friend Emily, who lives on a boat near me, before we went out to play in the snow for a few hours with an awesome sledge her boyfriend Josh had made.
Anyway, I digress... my scones even followed me to work the next day - I put three in a tupperware tub, and warmed them up at work under the swanky microwave grill thing (we don’t have toasters because of the fire/smoke alarm risk). Returning to my desk with a plate of scones, jam and butter, a few of my colleagues’ eager eyes turned in my direction.
“Wow, jelly, they look good.”
“Ah yeah, thanks, they came out a little better than my first attempt.”
“What, they’re homemade?”
“Yeah, I made them yesterday.”
“But... you live on a boat!”
It’s almost as if people want me to use the whole “I live on a boat” as an excuse for things.
Sorry I look a bit of a mess today, I live on a boat and had to scrub the bilges.
Sorry I don’t have my notebook with me, I live on a boat and the wind blew it away.
Sorry I can’t come to your party, I live on a boat and couldn’t find an anchorage near your house.
Sorry I couldn’t contribute some food, I live on a boat and have a weird cooker.
Sorry my car is dirty, I live on a boat and can’t drive the car onto my pontoon to wash it.
Sorry I can’t come to work today, my boat has sailed itself away from the dock.
(Can you guess which I’ve actually used before?)
Sure, some things about life on board require a few adaptations - like having to get dressed and go to the facilities for a shower instead of rolling straight out of bed into one, and having to plan a trip to the marina laundrette. But there’s not a lot about living on a boat that can’t be overcome, or that doesn’t provide you with more of a sense of enjoyment and achievement than if you’d done the same task ashore. Changing a double duvet, for example, is enough of a pain in a house; but try doing it in a cramped forepeak!
So next week, I think I’ll cook up another batch of scones and take the whole lot into work with me to share amongst my friends and colleagues (not forgetting the butter and jam). And hey - I think I might even cook them at sea! That will really have them intrigued.
February 15th, 2013
Yum, makes me feel hungry. I've used the Car and bilge excuses a few times :)
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