Tomoko Arai, Recon Team, 16th January, 2013, Szabo Bluff
Hi! Ten days have passed since we were tent-bound on Jan 7th. The weather has never been good except afternoon in Jan 12th. Strong wind, low surface definition, and snow mounds around the tents, have made it hard for us to go to the poo tent or ice chipping sites, which are just 15-20 m away from our tent. A few days ago, I slipped down one of the snow mounds on the way to the poo tent, because I could barely see the snow surface topography. To avoid the slippery accident, I started to use an ice axe as a walking stick whenever I need to go out. As we are stuck in the tent with not a lot to do, eating is the most fun and fundamental activity. The picture shows a chef Katie cooking Halibut (white fish) with garlic and a variety of herbs. She is an excellent cook and we have very much enjoyed a wide variety of delicious dinner everyday. The dinner menu so far has included; coconut shrimp curry, Spaghetti Bolognese, beef steak with a garlic herb gravy, salmon teriyaki, sausage casserole, garlic shrimp, chilli con carni, sweet & sour chicken, beef-beacon-cheese burger, and so on. Now you probably start to feel you mouth watering (^0^) Last night, Katie and I discussed how much food was left in the food box, and confirmed that we could make it by comfortable for another two weeks or so before we have to switch to a cup-a-soup diet. I will share all the dinner menu of the season with you, once we can get out here hopefully by the end of the Antarctic summer.