The forbidden space of the kitchen on the National Geographic Explorer lies behind the window in the photo. Only the kitchen workers are allowed inside (though in the past I believe they used to give tours to the ship's passengers). As a passenger on the ship, I received almost all my meals from July 31 through August 15 from this kitchen -- so this was and was not “my kitchen” in August. And I found almost every meal just delightful and found that among the several choices at breakfast, lunch, and dinner there was always something that I really enjoyed. In addition, during the pre-dinner cocktail hour and presentation time, the waiters would come around with big trays of hors-d’oeuvres that were very enjoyable.
|A selection of meat, fish, and vegetables was available daily at breakfast.|
Other areas of the buffet included many types of bread and pastry,
several kinds of fruit, cereal and oatmeal, and several specials.
|Omelets were made to order almost every day — once there were waffles instead.|
|Although I mostly drank wine, I tried one or two|
mixed drinks from the open bar. My Margarita
was nice with an hors-d'oeuvre of brie and jam.
|A "White Lady" for me, sherry for Len.|
|“The perfect egg”|
|Veal osso bucco with vegetables.|
|The Filipino buffet was in honor the kitchen staff who|
are almost all from the Philippines. A suckling pig was the piece de resistance.
|At the table showing our plates filled at the “Asado” buffet, |
which offered grilled foods with an Argentine theme.
|A vegetarian timbale with crisped greens.|
|Passion fruit mousse.|
|Just part of the vast dessert buffet on Filipino night.|
|The chef prepared this chocolate lava cake |
during last year’s voyage too!
Back Home in My Own Kitchen
|Iceland and Greenland magnets from this year and last year.|
The boots are part of the traditional dress of the Inuit women of Greenland, still worn on special occasions.
|We missed a lot of summer produce — but managed one plum cake.|
|Souvenir of Greenland: an Inuit Tupilaq bone carving.|
Originally a tupilaq was a dangerous monster, but these creatures have
become the subject of traditional carvings that no longer have such significance.
|Greenland was a beautiful place to visit!|