Posted by: bearcruzer | July 20, 2010

Off to an Oil Down!

July 17, 2010

Oil Down?  What’s an Oil Down?  Well it is a local gathering that operates on the same principal as the story of Stone Soup.  Friends and Neighbors all get together everyone bringing something and layer a large pot with locally grown Vegetables and Meat cooked in spiced coconut milk.    Everyone works together to prepare the ingredients and it is all assembled and cooked over an open fire.   Margie from S/V Encantada organized the cruisers and got enough interest to hire Cutty from Cutty’s Taxi and Tours to put one on.   He gets his friends and neighbors together who do most of the preparation of the meat and veggies.  Although they toned it down for the cruisers and left out the chicken feet and beaks, and the pigs tails.   For the cruisers part we all bring either an appetizer or a dessert and then help with grating coconut, cutting the last of the veggies, and make dumplings.     I have been in baking mode this week and have gotten much better at using my BBQ ( I do not have an oven).    For my contribution, I made spicy Caribbean Curry Patties which looked much like miniature empanadas.    They were a big hit while we were waiting for the Oil Down to Cook.  Cutty also takes the guests up to his home where he picks fresh fruits out of his yard for everyone to take home.    We were graced with Pineapple, Mango, French Cashew Fruit, and Avocados.   His neighbors also get an opportunity to sell beer and other drinks to generate income as well as the cruisers each paying for their meal and taxi ride.   Everyone had a wonderful time and the locals really enjoyed the unusual variety of delicacies and treats brought by the cruisers.    A great time was had by all.

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  1. Congrats on arriving in Granada! Sounds like a wonderful place to be in with lots of adventure!!
    Enjoy enjoy and we will keep following your travels.

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