Every Sunday there is a BBQ at Roger’s Bar on Hog Island. This is where we originally anchored, but we moved to Hartman Bay. Hog Island is still accessible by a scary dinghy ride. Southern Grenada is shaped like fingers with protected bays in between.
To get to Hog Island, we have to go around one of those fingers and leave the protection of land. It is still relatively protected by reefs, but it is those same reefs that worry me on the dinghy ride over. You have to aim for a little white flag of surrender to squeeze between very shallow areas, while waves are breaking all around you. During low tide, even this waterway is really shallow. That doesn’t worry Steve from Slow Flight. He just throttles through full speed ahead. “Ahh, I’ve done this before. No worries.” I swallow hard and hold on tight as I watch the rocks pass just below us.
There doesn’t seem to be any activity all the rest of the time, but on Sunday Roger’s Bar comes alive with music and cold beers being sold. The point of going is the BBQ, but we had someone along who could not stay in the presence of the substances being smoked by the locals. Maybe we will come back another time to try the food.
Instead, we just drank a beer and watched the volleyball game. We’ve never seen such a wet version played before. The net was set up in shin to knee deep water. Of course, there were many dives after the ball, so players were soaked head to toe. It looked really fun. Alas, we had to finish our beer and go. Guess we’ll have to finish out this party on the boat. ~
We have been following the progress of our last home team, the Warriors, and are proud to see them doing so well. It’s been difficult to actually see any games, but tonight we went to Bananas in True Blue. Bananas is a sports bar that had excellent television reception, unlike the pixely and ever-freezing game we tried to watch in Carriacou. When we arrived for Game 6, there were scant few people there, but as the night progressed more and more people showed up, mostly locals. I was worried after the Warriors got off to a rough start, but then their awesomeness kicked in. Go Iguadala! The audience was split with about 30% rooting for the Cavaliers and 70% for the Warriors. Therefore the cheers far out-shouted the jeers when the Warriors won the game and the NBA Championship. YAY!!! I’m glad we were able to see it. After the game, Bananas transformed into a night club with lots of bass booming through the massive speakers and people started packing in. Seems like a fun place, but it was waaaaaay past our bedtime! ~
Wednesday nights are Bingo night at Prickly Bay Marina. I think I’ve only gone to one other organized Bingo event. This one was irrestistble, though. The prizes potentially include a cow, pig, sheep or goat. What would I do with livestock if I won, you wonder? Well, it depends. It’s too small an island to just set it free and expect it to be spared from the fate of the plate. It is too expensive to buy property and start a sanctuary, though I’d totally do that if I could. So it depends. If it was a pig, I’d hire locals at Hog Island to roast it and invite all the cruisers to a pig roast. BYOB and bring a side to share. Anything else, I’d either have to take the cash equivalent (which is an option) or donate it to a local needy family (preferred option). Anyway, it didn’t matter. It was fun, but we didn’t win a darn thing – not even a booby prize. ~
I’m not sure if I mentioned the only brewery we’ve found on Grenada, the West Indies Beer Company… But it’s time for a beer stop. This gem makes a dozen different microbrews from stout to IPA, Amber, and wheat. They also make three ciders, so if I’m not feeling it for a beer I can drink dry, less dry, or sweet cider. Yum! I like all three. The folks here are nice and this has become one of our hangouts. The guys like a cold beer after their hike, so we either have it at Secret Harbour Marina or here. In this picture we are drinking the Rogue Pirate Amber, which I think is quite smooth for an amber. Okay, beer break over… ~
Shademan does a great job of keeping the cruisers informed on local events through the morning cruisers’ net. We reserved spots on his bus for the Thursday cooking class (pictured top of page).
The class is held at True Blue Bay, where I found the tiniest museum I’ve ever seen and bought a Grenada cook book. This week they made Thai Curry Chicken. Right up our alley. It was extremely mild, but very good and simple to make. She served it with mashed potatoes made with cream instead of milk. It wasn’t the healthiest meal, to be sure, but yummy nonetheless. Here is the recipe, if anyone wishes to try it. By the way, when I made it later, I sautéed boneless skinless chicken thighs cut up in bite sized pieces and added it in at the end. Bite size b/s thighs cook very quickly and don’t dry out like chicken breasts do.
Thai Curry Chicken
2 small onions
1 thumb-sized ginger, peeled
3 cloves garlic
4-6 cooking peppers*
1 ½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp brown sugar
1 cup coconut milk
2 6oz chicken breast pieces, precooked
2 tbsp chives
1 tsp thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp lime juice
1 box cooking cream, very cold
Blend or chop all vegetables and seasonings. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil and add seasoning mixture. Sautee’ over low heat until tender. Add coconut milk and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add more turmeric, if needed for a bright yellow color. While sauce is boiling, whisk in the cream and stir until boiling. Add cooked chicken and lime juice; continue to heat for a few minutes until meat is warm and sauce is desired consistency. Be careful not to scorch.
*Seasoning peppers are local to the Caribbean islands and are not spicy. You can substitute sweet peppers or another non-spicy pepper such as Serrano or Anaheim. The amount used will equal about 2-3 tbsp of chopped peppers.