Farm-Raised Salmon? Not on This Yacht
|Farm-raised salmon isn't going to cut it for this trip.|
My boss' wife specified a mostly organic diet, and I have a strong aversion to farm-raised fish. This farm-raised salmon was definitely not organic. Besides, I am one of those crazy animal-welfare and sustainability people. Yes, I am that person who feeds my dogs organic food, supplemented with wild salmon oil. If I can see the stark difference in their coats between using wild and farm-raised salmon oils, I can only imagine the effects on our bodies. Since I am the one planning the menu, I get to impose my views upon anyone who is going to eat my food.
When it comes to cooking on yachts, the job begins long before the guests arrive. Provisioning for nine people, with limited storage, for two weeks can be a delicate process. You need to be able to accommodate for multiple diets and multiple dining scenarios. It is not unheard of to find out while at sea that one guest adheres to a raw vegan diet while another is a strict Atkins fanatic.
For this trip, it seems I don't have much to worry about. The one request: Meals must be light and healthy. In compliance, I stuck to ordering mostly seafood and chicken. To make matters easier for myself, I used a provisioning company. This is common practice in yachting. For the most part, they can get you almost any ingredient needed and deliver straight to the dock. Obviously, for this sort of convenience you do pay a premium, which tends to be the trend when it comes to yachts.
Although you do pay for this convenience, this is not to say that it's hiccup-free. Luckily, we have a good relationship, and my provisioner, Kathy, has always catered to my anal tendencies. We have been working together for years now, and when you are spending this kind of money, whether it's yours or not, you have the right to be picky.
Kathy agreed to take back the salmon. I've made planning for the trip a bigger pain in the ass, since I now have to make a separate trip to pick up the new salmon. There have been many incidents in the past where provisions have been delivered last minute with no room for mistakes.
Fortunately, I got an extra day. At 9:30 on Sunday morning, I received confirmation that we are not leaving Monday morning as planned. Big surprise. Last-minute changes are to be expected in yachting. Winds are too strong. Seas are too rough. The good news is that I have the day off. I was planning on picking up my produce for the trip, but now I can push that to tomorrow -- meaning I get to spend another day with my dogs.