Recap: Chained Island Cleanup Collaboration with BCMTNA

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Photo by Rita Buchwitz

SKABCers Rita, John and BCMTNA director Roxanne were part of an 8 person clean up of the Chained Islands off of Quadra Island.  More photos and article here: BCMarineTrails.org: Chained Islands Masterful Cleanup

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Article by Sept. guest speaker Larry Pynn

larry_pynnA great presentation by Larry Pynn at the Sept meeting showing all the unknown nooks and crannies of the Vancouver area coastline. Here's his article in the Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Sun:
Water's Edge: A tour of Metro Vancouver from the oceanfront

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Reminder to minimize impact when viewing whales and other marine wildlife

Whalewise_logo_sm_ENG Fisheries and Oceans Canada asks that paddlers stay 100 m from whales and to stay clear of their path. Detailed guidelines for paddling near wildlife are posted here: Be Whale Wise - Marine Wildlife Guidelines for Boaters, Paddlers and Viewers

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Honeydew Melon in Coconut Cream

 Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 (13- to 14-ounce) can well-stirred unsweetened coconut cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, or to taste
  • 1 large honeydew melon (5 pounds), chilled

In camp:

  1. Stir together coconut milk, sugar, and lime juice in a small metal bowl until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Halve melon and discard seeds. Cut melon into wedges and pare away the rind. Cut melon onto bite sized pieces.
  3. Divide melon among 8 serving dishes, then pour coconut milk over top. Serve immediately.

Notes: You can get cans of coconut cream in most grocery stores in their Asian Food section. It is also available in powdered form in Famous Foods at 1595 Kingsway St, Vancouver.

The coconut cream doesn't thicken unless it's chilled but it still tastes good. If you make it at home, sit the bowl in a bowl of ice water for 10 minutes to thicken it. When you're out camping, just slurp it.

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Creme Caramel

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg of Dr. Oetkers powdered Crème Caramel
  • whole milk or skim milk powder

In camp:

Follow the directions on the Crème Caramel package. Bring enough whole milk powder (in a ziplock bag) to make up 2 cups of milk. If you are using skim milk powder, just use more milk powder than what the directions on the package call for.

Tip: Whole milk powder is available at Famous Foods 1595 Kingsway Vancouver. Store it in the freezer to prevent the milk fat from rancidifying. Skim milk powder is available at any grocery store.

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