Last time I updated you about B6’s travel he was in Australia making lamingtons. He has clocked thousands of kilometres since then. In Egypt he familiarised himself with some hieroglyphs and used them to write a message in his travel journal. Then it was off to Ghana and South Africa, over the ocean to Brazil, Peru and Venezuala, a quick trip to Guatemala to see the quetzal and then down south to the Antarctic. I know that the Antarctic isn’t a country, but it was requested by the traveller so we are counting it. We were amazed by the story of Shackleton, his ship, The Endurance and his crew’s ordeal struggling to survive after the ship was crushed by pack ice.
Today he ended up in Trinidad and Tobago, a dramatic contrast to the Antarctic for sure. We read a little and browsed some pictures but he didn’t have any inspiration for his travel journal until I suggested he draw the tropical smoothie we were going to make. A picture was not the end product however, he created the whole recipe. Each ingredient was listed or drawn and then he drew diagrams for the 17 steps in his method! By this time it was lunch time so he made it. It was fabulous!
Here is his original recipe, which he named Super Banana
1½ bananas, sliced
juice of 3 oranges
1 mango, peeled and cut into chunks
1 peach, peeled and cut into quarters
2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
3 ice cubes
1. Crush ice cubes in blender
2. Add all fruit and orange juice to blender ( I have written that instruction in just eight words but I wish you could see his twelve detailed pictures of fruit being sliced, peeled and added to the blender jug)
3. Blend until smooth
4. Pour into chilled glasses
At B6’s suggestion our evening meal was from Trinidad too. We found the recipe in the back of the book I borrowed from the library and, as I happened to have almost all the ingredients I decided to give it a try. It was called Trinidad Pelau.
Are you sure the Antarctic is not a country? I thought it was. Certainly it is not the home of any nation, except perhaps the Nation of Penguins, but it is a huge continental mass, almost totally covered by ice and snow, and with wonderful rocky mountain peaks reaching for the sky.
Antarctica includes many protectorates with bases used principally for scientific research. These bases have been established by the UK, USA, Australia, Argentina, Japan, South Africa, China, New Zealand, India, Germany, Russia and possibly other countries too. Not all bases have staff in residence all year round, but several of the Australian bases do.
As well as the penguins, the Antactic is home to several other species of birds – at least seven different Albatrosses, several varieties of Petrel, Cormorants, Gulls and Terns, to name a few.
In the waters surrounding Antarctica are several varieties of seal and walrus, and many whales visit during their annual migration.
I am pleased that B6 wanted to include Antactica in his journey around the world. It is a place of lasting fascination for me, although I never been able to visit. Perhaps one day B6 will be able to visit and view its wonders for himself.