Barbecue on board!
Next it’s back to being sailors again, as we jibe and then haul up a lobster pot. The glittering waves part to reveal a spider-crab and a lobster, so it’s time for Jérôme to get the barbecue going. Then, while he waits for the embers to glow, he casts his fishing line. Meanwhile, Emmanuel continues to make our mouths water with tales and tastes of spices such as Roellinger’s Poudre des Alizés (Trade Wind Spices) or Poudre Retour des Indes (Spices from India), which excite both the taste-buds and the imagination. Jocelyne just loves the crab with wild limes, while Elodie adores the velvet-crab soup.
Calling “Ready about?”, the skipper takes over from Simon, who has been proudly standing at the helm, and everyone lends a hand to turn the boat away from the wind. Now we can proceed at a pace that allows safe cooking of the lobster on the barbecue while the nets full of mackerel are hoisted from the depths of the sea.
A treat for all five senses
Keeping perfect time, the setting sun reddens the horizon, while the lobster too changes from blue to red, accompanied by the sound of lapping waves and sighs of appreciation. We enjoy our seafood near Port de la Houle harbour, then, under Jérôme’s instructions, we tack back and forth between the shore and the Ile des Rimains. Our little crew is doing a great job, and in return we are awarded our just desserts – or rather our three desserts! A macaroon with a surprising combination of flavours, spiced up (literally!) seasonal fruit, and an unexpectedly suave coffee cream. As we finally return to our mooring the sky is dark, but the eyes and smiles of our happy crew are still bright and sparkling. We warmly give our thanks and congratulations to Emmanuel and Jérôme, two food-lovers who also love the sea, and already the deserving holders of a tourism trophy.