Now doesnâ€™t that title sound incredulous? That many calories is the equivalent of a single human being gaining roughly 140 pounds in five days! Mobilizing for our recent trip to the beach seemed a bit more challenging than usual. We had a relatively simple menu planned, but for some reason, it required the logistics of a military battleâ€¦ We thought it would be nice to have the families of our crew out for the long holiday and the total head count numbered 18-20, which also included ourselves and our guests. That meant putting out roughly 300 meals (not including meriendas and snacks) and THAT is a whole LOT of food! Despite trying to buy roughly 30-50% of our main ingredients in the local markets, we still had to bring several coolers and milk crates of food and I regret not taking a photograph of our provisions, it was a shocking mini-mountain worth of stuff!
To do this trip the Marketman way, the menu was roughly mapped out in advance for the 15 meals, with 3-5 meals listed as â€œfrom the marketâ€ and determined after early morning trips to the local market. Then extensive lists were put together to ensure that we had the right ingredients packed and in a sufficient volume. To make things simpler, our prep work started at least two days prior to our tripâ€¦ in this case, we made beef tapa, pork tocino and even two kinds of longganisa from scratch and chilled these â€“ easy breakfast fare. We also had to bring several types of dried fish for days of abstention (a bit of an oxymoron on this trip, except that we ate no meat on Friday). We also pre-made spaghetti sauce and froze this, a time consuming sofritto for the paella, mixed our spice rubs for barbecues, roasted red and yellow bell peppers, and baked brownies, chocolate chip cookies, pound cake, etc.
Many of the main dishes were simply grilled, but even that required nearly an entire sack of charcoal! We consumed nearly 40 gallons of drinking water, 70+ liters of softdrinks and nearly half a sack of rice! We also managed to make several desserts while at the beachâ€¦ leche flans, mango sorbet, mango ice cream, coffee and mangosteen ice cream, â€œsilvanasâ€, trifles with broas, blackberry popsicles, etc. We had triumphs and disasters and triumphs out of disasters. I am now reviewing roughly 400+ photographs that I took of the food on this recent trip, and it shows an amazing variety of dishes. But much more important than the volume of food were the memories createdâ€¦ a terrific weekend for all, a chance for kids to play, swim and eat for days on end, and adults to relax and be pampered all aroundâ€¦ thatâ€™s in-between the serious task of consuming some 350,000+ calories! Stay tuned for some two dozen posts on how Marketman & Family did our recent beach holiday! And a Happy Easter to All!