(West Coco Bandero, San Blas, Panama)
A certain someone aboard Oceanna (whose name doesn’t start with a ‘K’) recently had a mild obsession with wielding a machete and we ended up with a surplus of coconuts. A surplus that isn’t exactly legal here in the San Blas. Therefore, I didn’t want any of them to go to waste. What to do with them all?
When I find myself in these culinary predicaments there is only one person to call, my friend Jocelyn – an absolute mastermind in the kitchen, among many other wonderful things. When I sent out my coconut query I was not prepared for her response. Let me clarify. When I say prepared, I mean I had not recently run a marathon. She came back with a recipe for macaroons!! (I must admit she stated “if you dare” and should be absolved of responsibility.)
So of course I made the macaroons. And of course they were delicious. When I momentarily surfaced from my sugar-blinding high I embarrassingly took stock of how many macaroons I had inhaled and quickly packaged up the rest. I proceeded to jump on the paddle board and deliver them to friends on the surrounding boats in the anchorage before I could dummy any more.
After the macaroon madness of the morning, the afternoon was spent perfecting Kirk’s beach smoker. Greg had speared some fish yesterday so that we had some to start early this afternoon. With Kirk’s guidance we got them all strung up, wrapped up, and soon to be smoked up. And with bocce ball to kill the time, we were enjoying yet another amazing beach dinner in no time.