"Just a few salads please."
I said I wasn't going to write more about the boat, but it's just part of my treasure trove of culinary stories, and so I'm tangentially delving back into those three weeks. After I was contacted to do the job, in the agonizing two weeks of anxiety and self-doubt that preceeded the actual work itself, I spent hours planning three-course menus, making lists of provisions, flipping through my iPad issues of Food & Wine and Bon Appetite magazines, searching for inspirations and meals that I thought could easily be prepared in a 2 meter by 1 meter space at a 45 degree angle. Really, it was all for naught.Each day, after the breakfast malay had cleared and I had figured out what I would be fixing the crew for lunch, I was summoned on deck to consult with the hostess about what I'd fix them for lunch. For the first couple of days I tried to stick to the menus I had prepared in advance, but it was to no avail. "We'll have some surf and turf and then just a few salads please."Salads, light enough for the heat but hearty enough to fill them up, became the bane of my existence. Thankfully, I've experimented with more than my fare share over the years, and have a stockpile of recipes suitable for her request. Here are recipes for three that I've found to be fresh and hearty and delicious no matter who you might be serving.This first one I pulled out of Ottolenghi's vegetarian cookbook, Plenty, while I was in DC visiting my family. It's a huge hit...the edamame adding an unexpected and fresh taste to the dish, so I urge you not to leave them out if you're tempted to do so. There are lots of individual steps here, but the result is well worth it and it's delicious pulled out of the fridge for days, so good to pack for a work lunch (or if you happen to have 7 hungry crew members lurking in your home, this might just tide them over until the next meal).Pasta Pesto Salad with Fried Zucchini and Edamame