We've been very busy since our last newsletter. Our Acadia trip was a resounding success.
Here's Captain Linda standing at the top of Cadillac Mountain, one of the stops during our guided tour of the Park.
Besides visiting Cadillac and enjoying the panoramic view, we stopped at Thunder Hole where waves rush into a rock crevice with a thundering crash, and at Jordan Pond, a pristine glacier-formed tarn. It was a beautiful day both on the schooner and ashore and we're already looking forward to doing it again next year.
In the Galley ~
With breakfast taken care of, there's one more thing for the cook to do before the schooner gets under way for the day -- making bread to go with the hearty soup at lunch. This morning Sean was shaping five loaves of Anadama bread.
2 T. yeast and
2 t. sugar
to 2/3 c. of warm water and mix using a whisk.
Set aside until foamy.
2/3 c. molasses
2 T. vegetable oil
2 1/3 c. hot water
1 1/2 t. salt
1 c. corn meal
Make sure the molasses mixture is not too hot or it will kill the yeast.
Add the yeast mixture to the molasses mix
1 c. whole wheat flour
7-9 c. white flour.
Turn out onto a floured board and knead until elastic. Place in a greased bowl. Cover with a clean towel. Let rise until it's doubled in size. Punch down. Let rise again. Punch down. Shape into loaves. Put in greased bread pans. Cover with towel. Let rise until slightly above the edge of the pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
The bread is done when you 'knock' on top and it sounds hollow. You can check to see if the bottom is done by carefully dumping the bread out of the pan, then putting it back in the pan if more baking is needed. Bottom of bread will have signs of baking -- golden lines, etc if done; if not done, the bottom will be very light. When done, remove from the pan and set on side to cool.
In the Galley ~ Evening
If you happened to read our July newsletter, you already know about Ben and Sean's mini concerts in the galley. Sometimes though guests bring instruments with them and join in. On the August 5th trip, we had a fellow who plays classical guitar as well as his son who plays keyboard. It was a wonderful evening for everyone, and the musicians had to be reined in at 10:00 or they would have kept right on playing for who knows how long.
We especially like this picture because it has the whole crew in it: Jamie, Theo and partially hidden, Elli, back by the stove, Ben up on the steps, and Sean as the front man.
End of the day
Pulpit Harbor at sunset August 19th
Where has the season gone? Only six trips left. We'd love to have you join us for one.
photo courtesy of Jerry Schopmeyer