||11-25-2007 02:08 AM
At anchor, with lots of fresh stuff: Cook noodles the shortest amount of time to that they separate, drain. In the same pan put a little peanut oil and saute some minced onion, minced clove of garlic, celery, whatever other fresh vegs (in SE Asia a stalk or two of that thin Thai asparagus chopped into inch-long sticks) and whatever leftover meat from last night, diced. Toss with the drained noodles, maybe use a little of the seasoning packet. Drizzle with a little toasted sesame oil.
At sea, things haven't been very calm and we're out of much in the way of fresh veggies. Rehydrate some dried vegetables, especially corn and peas. Perhaps a few chopped dried mushrooms, some dried parsley. You should have fresh onions and garlic, some fresh cabbage you can shred finely, maybe some fresh bean sprouts. Cook noodles in the barest minimum of water (or, if the weather is particularly bad, just boil some water in a kettle and pour over the noodles and let sit for 3 to 5 minutes; if even that is too much, let noodles sit in unboiled water until they soften, 5 to 15 minutes); saute fresh and rehydrated veggies, open a can of chicken meat or tuna, add "cooked" noodles to the stew and heat through. Season with half the seasoning packet, some sesame oil. Lots of energy with all the carbohydrates, the oil provides fuel to keep you warm, and a little protein to satisfy that craving.
When the weather and seas were very, very bad, cooking such a simple meal can take a long time. The slow, waiting parts I'd do just before I came up on watch. I'd put the dried veggies in a container with a screw top with hot, or warm, or just tap, water. When Peter relieved me I'd work on the noodles and getting the stove lit to finish the entire meal. It was important that the meal be hot - somehow we drew energy from that as well as the nutrition. I would bring up a large bowl for Peter, eat some myself and lie down to sleep. We did a lot of resting when the weather was bad because anything we had to do took a lot of energy.