Friday, September 7, 2012

Day 69 - Universal Chef: Rice Cooker

Date: 9/7/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Fuego - Fire

7am I wake up and enjoy a bowl of regular oatmeal I adorn with circles of honey. Yum. Just like the good ole day's when I would arrive early to the office (7:30am), I enjoy my breakfast as I wake up to the social media and everyone else's business - Facebook. I move on to shoot out some updates with and then get myself outside.

I begin by digging some large post holes in front of the house. This is where the two large drift wood poles I have been saving will be soon placed. After the poles have been set in position, I backfill the holes and pack the dirt down with some swift stomps to the earth.

SIDE-NOTE: Most everything I construct here at the house will have to be taken down right before the conclusion of this project. So I must remember to make things sturdy, yet not permanent. This is due to the fact that Pretoma is renting this house, and the owners will live in it during the dry season as well as rent it out to other vacationers.

I know head to the back yard for some general cleanup. I move fallen coconut, and dried up coconut palm branches to side of the house, where a pile is slowly growing.

SIDE-NOTE: I might have already mentioned this previously, but most people in the country dispose of their landscape trimmings by burning them in large piles every now and then. Naturally a pyro at heart, this thought often excites me.

SIDE-STORY: I must have been 13 years old at the time sitting at a wooden picnic table, dressed in my boyscout garb next to my Cousin Paul at Cole Canoe Base (Boy Scout Camp). I was playing with a lighter and inspecting how the flint sparked the gas and made a flame. My cousin leans over and says "wow, look at that bug". He proceeds to grab for the aerosol bug repellant and spray across my personal space. Before you know it, I was missing 3/4 of my eyebrows and reeked of burned hair. Needless to say I wore my baseball cap pretty low the rest of the week at camp.

After a little landscaping, I go for a run followed by a small siesta in the receding tide of the ocean. I awake by something poking at me (most likely a crab) and proceed to shower and grab some lunch.

By this time Lotti arrives with our month supply of dry goods and our week supply of veggies. For me it's like my father (or most other father figures) being handed a large gift card as you walk into a Home Depot/Lowes. So many ideas of what to make/cook next! Getting this food in itself was a great feat as after the quake, we were unsure of how long stores would be out of business. Thankfully not very long;

I begin by seasoning a whole chicken and cook it in the rice cooker. This is the second time I will be attempting this, as the first time it turned out "phenomenal". This time would not be any different, expect I cooked it longer using the eraser of a pencil to keep the rice cooker on "cook". The meat literally fell off the bone. This made my job of shredding the meat that much easier.

I continue on and make dinner (chicken, beans and left over coconut rice). The bones and leftover chicken pieces (head, feet, gizards) are used to make chicken broth for later in the week. We eat. After a little more updates to we go on patrol. Becoming the norm, I patrol solo on the bike, heading north and then south. Nada. However, at the far north end, I did come across a dead Olive Ridley turtle. This being the 5th in nearly a week is most likely due to the fishing trawler we saw 10 days ago. These boats drag a large net along the bottom of the sea floor, often times drowning turtles that get caught in the net. Sad.



Food: Shredded Crispy Chicken (fried in it's own fat oils), Green Beans, and Coconut Rice
Animals:Turtles, Crabs, Dogs, Birds

Something I am thankful for: Deliveries of food to our doorstep.

Something I don't want to admit: I am still so white. I live in Costa Rica and I can guarantee that all my brothers and my dad are darker than me... granted two of them are Vietnamese, but still.

Total Nest I have saved: 25
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol:19
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 3,089
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 40
Days of Rain: 44/65


  1. We used to burn landscaping refuge in Texas too! Wait for a rainy day and have a huge cleansing fire. We would drink Shinerbock and watch with a hose handy just in case. So fun!

    1. Agreed... We are just missing the Shiner here

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