My appreciation of dinner ladies has gone gone up beyond all measure! Until I landed the job of providing food for a cast of thousand over an unknowable time period (ie. victualling for my crew for a race of 5 weeks +) I had absolutely no idea of the range of skills + the emotional steadfastness required!
Planning a menu comprising nutrious one pot meals for 22 people with a range of carbs (beyond the usual pasta + rice) + flavours was one thing … but ordering + overseeing the logistics of food acquirisition was altogether on a different level of stressfulness. Especially when the wholesale company you have been directed to towards delivers a fantacy shop of ingredients not neccesary related to what was ordered.
I think it is fair to say there was a brief period on the sidelines with total melt down … then I pulled myself together + with the help from a couple of fellow crew (who subbed as the food elves) we got an unbelieveably large volume of food into day bags + stowed on the boat under the bunks.
It is the shear numbers + volumes that are mind-blowing … 22 people stuck on a boat for 5 weeks potentially can eat their way through an unbelievably large number of muesli bars!
Three days to go + now my biggest problem is finding a way of stopping the prep week crew from eating all the yummy food snacks they like most!
But we’ll manage. Three days until the off … my tactic? To buy the popular stuff (ie the triple choc cookies) last thing Saturday so the consumption window is short + remind the crew that Mr Tesco doesn’t normally do helicopter mid-Atlantic ‘shop ‘n drop’ deliveries … but I am sure foodwise we will survive!