Captain’s Log

Food chronicles from an OIL RIG off the coast of Brazil.

My good friend Jay-Dee is the Captain of an oil rig off the coast of Brazil… he lives in Rhode Island, but works off shore in South America.  When we spoke about life on the rig the first thing he mentioned was the food! So I asked hime to send me some pics and write about…  Enjoy!

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Just saying Hi from off the coast of beautiful Brazil.  We are currently drilling for a major oil company about 60 miles off the coast of central Brazil in 6300ft of water.  Life is pretty good down here in the southern hemisphere.  Weather is great(you can’t beat it) and its actually winter now but you would never know as it was 84F today.

       Most people know Brazil for World Class Soccer, Carnival and beautiful women.  One thing they may not know is how much food is part of the Brazilian culture and most especially “Churrasco” (Shoo-Ha-sco) or Brazilian BBQ.  A little bit of history, Brazilians were actually the first to raise cattle in South America.  Therefore the BBQ became a center point for food, especially for the “Gauchos” or cowboys.  Traditionally the meats are cooked over hot coals skewered on metal spits.  The most common meats used are Brazilian Sausage, Beef (especially “Pichana “or as we know it rump roast), pork tenderloin, and chicken.  The white meats are generally marinated over night in garlic, salt and lime juice.  The red meats are usually only seasoned with sea salt.  One thing that is a major part of our life out here is our food.  We don’t have the normal pleasures of everyday life like our families, friends or things like alcohol so our food becomes a key part of keeping everyone in good spirits.  Our catering staff has to feed on average 110 people a day and meals are served every 6 hours round the clock with break periods in between at which they also make food.  Everyone looks forward to Saturdays when we have our Churrasco.  I attached a few photos of this past Saturday’s Churrasco.  The Master Chef “Tiago” was literally sweating over the hot coals.  I wish I had more info but my understanding is they just rub the meat with Salt and that’s it.

- Jay-Dee

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