The showers conspired against me today. Each time I made a plan to go ashore and do things another squall would come through the anchorage and force me to postpone my plans. Around noon I realized that I wasn't going to make it ashore for breakfast after all and since my pantry was pretty empty I decided to make some bread, which I documented by the consecutive series pictures below. This effort was, for me, quite successful and I even managed to avoid messing up the galley area!
I use an anchor ball as a day shape, suspended between a cleat on the mast and the genoa. This method has served me well since I had the boat, but the anchor ball should be suspended vertically in order to look like a ball at all angles, so I changed the system and hoisted the anchor ball up via a spinnaker halyard. While this looked nice, a couple of wind gusts later the thin line on the anchor ball snapped and left me with a spi halyard waving and flapping in the wind. The friction in the system was strong enough to prevent any slack in the line pulling it down to a level where I could grab it. In the end I opted to use a boat hook, fully extended while up on the bimini, to grab the end of the halyard and pull it down so that I could grab it by hand. I'll have to ensure that Version 2.0 of the new, improved day shape system is indeed both new and improved!
I went ashore and intended on finding some good food, but ended up walking less than 10 meters and getting dinner (Panini) and drinks at the little hole-in-the-wall bistro at the end of the dinghy dock. After my meal I was joined by the Italian musician on the trimaran and he explained that the boat search by the Gendarmerie that I'd observed in the morning was just a routine one; I was not-so-secretly happy that I have a standard production boat with a British flag and was thus spared a visit by the friendly Gendarmes.

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Baking Bread 01 of 15 - List of Ingredients 1Kg of bread flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons sugar, 3 sachets yeast, 625ml water. Mixing Bowl. Not Shown: Paper towels to clean up the mess. This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 12:39:31 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 01 of 15 - List of Ingredients
Baking Bread 02 of 15 - yeast bubbling I added the 2 teaspoons of sugar to the water, mixed it up and added the 3 sachets of yeast. Once it started bubbling away, I began adding it to the bowl. This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 12:49:53 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 02 of 15 - yeast bubbling
Baking Bread 03 of 15 - Mixing Bowl Dough ingredients mixed together with a fork. The messy part is about to begin. This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 13:07:38 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 03 of 15 - Mixing Bowl
Baking Bread 04 of 15 - pre-kneading A bit of flour on the stove countertop to prevent sticking (it didn't quite work as well as I'd hoped...) This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 13:07:33 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 04 of 15 - pre-kneading
Baking Bread 05 of 15 - kneaded and ready to rise The dough has been kneaded and is ready, the bowl has been cleaned and sprinkled with flour to prevent the dough from sticking. This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 13:14:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 05 of 15 - kneaded and ready to rise
Baking Bread 06 of 15 - about to rise Dough transferred to mixing bowl and a bit of flour sprinkled on top. It is going to get a nasty knife cut and then rise for the 3/4 hour. This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 13:18:45 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 06 of 15 - about to rise
Baking Bread 07 of 15 - rising in secret The first rising process, happening within the dark and airless confines of the bowl and towel. This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 14:02:53 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 07 of 15 - rising in secret
Baking Bread 08 of 15 - Risen Yay - the dough has risen! I'm ready to bash down the dough and split it into a baking form and a baggie (for the fridge). This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 14:03:18 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 08 of 15 - Risen
Baking Bread 09 of 15 - Sticky dough The dough had risen nicely, but it was awfully sticky and hard to put into the form. This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 14:05:47 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 09 of 15 - Sticky dough
Baking Bread 10 of 15 - Hard to shape The dough has been transferred to baking form and to the plastic gallon baggie for refrigeration. Time for the second proving. This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 14:11:52 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 10 of 15 - Hard to shape
Baking Bread 11 of 15 - cleaning Cooking shows and books tend not to mention this essential part of cooking. This is one time I miss not having a pet dog. This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 14:11:56 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 11 of 15 - cleaning
Baking Bread 12 of 15 - Still Rising While not part of the cooking process, while the bread was proving the second time I noticed that my fridge wasn't closed, the lid was up an inch. It turns out that, despite the cold temps in the fridge, the dough had kept on rising. A couple of punches solved that issue. This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 15:32:12 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/2500s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 12 of 15 - Still Rising
Baking Bread 13 of 15 - Smells Great Photos can't portray the wonderful smell of fresh bread, but I'm sure you can imagine what this smelled like! This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 15:38:59 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 13 of 15 - Smells Great
Baking Bread 14 of 15 - Closeup and personal Excruciating detail of bread. I'd sprayed the top with water to get it colored correctly, but the top still looked a bit scarred. This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 15:39:10 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 14 of 15 - Closeup and personal
Baking Bread 15 of 15 - Feeding Time 30 Minutes of cooling were cut down to 15 and I'd forgotten to let the butter and Brie warm up to room temperature, but the bread tasted wonderful (I hadn't eaten all day, so this was a late afternoon breakfast). This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 15:58:42 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 15 of 15 - Feeding Time
 
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