I started my day with a nice plate of sashimi for breakfast. It's really good stuff. Nice and tender - see through thin slices of bass. My only problem is fending off the kids (who want to eat it just as much as I do). They are not so understanding that this is my ONLY source of food.
After breakfast, I began working on the chicken coop/pen for the back yard. Let's talk chicken and Survivor for a minute. I know it's a stretch of the rules a bit but I decided to do it for the adventure/experience factor. And the way that I justify this is by following the TV show Survivor. On several occasions the contestants have been given chickens or have captured chickens. Sometimes they wait for the eggs to come - sometimes they just eat the chicken. For my purposes I am planning on waiting for the eggs to come. I don't think it's appropriate to buy the chickens - just to kill and eat them for this challenge. So no chicken until the challenge is over - then I'll make a decision about what to do with them.
I picked out an area in the back corner and started thinking of ways to fence it in. I remembered that on my last trip to the beach I saw many rolls of last season's dune fencing just laying all over the place. I thought this might make a good fence for the chickens. I grabbed my fishing rod (just in case) and took a ride up to the beach. It was super high tide and rough. Too rough to fish. But there was a lot of fencing still there. I inspected several rolls and finally found one that wasn't too beat up. I hauled it off the beach and into my truck. This will make a nice pen for the yard. I planned to pick the kids up from school today in Marlboro and I heard of a farm nearby that had chickens for sale. Time to get to work on the pen. I did the best I could to get it into working order before having to leave.
|The chicken pen|
|Sushi Rolls - survivor style!|
This kids came with me to the farm to pick out the birds. Once we got home, we introduced them to their new home and they seemed to settle in nicely.
|Welcome home girls.|
|Pogey keeps a watchful eye on the new family additions from his boat side perch|
I thought they might be squeezing through the fence posts so I added another layer of wire fencing around the perimeter. In the morning I will make a fishing line roof - just in case they are actually flying out. It's going to be an adventure.
For dinner I ate some more sashimi and made another Survivor Sushi Roll. I came up with some better ideas for "weekly rewards" for the next time I tackle this challenge. I would like to incorporate some other condiments and ingredients for sushi making. Instead of the chocolate bar for week two I would prefer soy sauce, wasabi, and nori. Maybe a little mayo and sarachi hot sauce as well. Just a thought for next time - if there is a next time.
|The sashimi is still good - maybe for 1 more day|
|Thoroughly rinsed the brine and marinade off and placed it on upper rack of grill|
|Smoked with Hickory chips for 1 hour|
|4 layers of smoked fish strips on the dehydrator|
|Left overnight in the dehydrator|
|Bag full of fish jerky|