Captain Feeds First Mate

And, no, Captain Randy doesn’t feed First Mate Jody to the sharks. What I mean is, he feeds me – sustenance – so I stay alive. He’s what I call my galley b*#@h – others use that phrase differently, but here on Free Luff, Captain = GB. I say, “I need a snack,” and my GB jumps up and fixes me a snack. And not just a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (although we love PB&J). It could be a cabbage salad, or pico and guacamole, or a gourmet quesadilla with sauteed veggies and just the right amount of brown cheese (the cheese that hits the pan and crisps up nice and brown). He leaves out raw onions because he knows they upset my stomach, but he’ll toss them in Thai food because they’re cooked with the other veggies and the tofu. He caters to me as if I were the queen – oh, wait, I AM the queen – the Queen of Free Luff Nation, thank-you-very-much.

In a nutshell, he makes his own yogurt, Thai chili paste, salad dressing, bread, tortillas – including huaraches and sopas, makes tasty beans from scratch, whips up deserts like Canadian tarts, macaroons, and banana bread, and, as a dedicated fisherman (hence the name, Captain Fishguts), grills up fresh fish like there’s no tomorrow – often with just a little olive oil and lime. And his eggplant parmigiana? Holy… Am I spoiled, you ask? Absolutely. I am spoiled. He makes sure we always have totopos (tortilla chips – my weakness) on da boat, along with other snacks that may help fill the void after a long swim or a hot workout. He’ll also ensure that if there’s an ice cream shop around, we duck in for a scoop or two. Or if there are no cones to be had, the Oxxo will do for a little novelty.

It’s almost always been this way. I mean, there was a time when I was single and cooked for myself, but once we got together and it became apparent that Rand enjoyed being in the kitchen/galley so he could create his delectable meals, I willingly got outta the way. While I have my own repertoire of go-to meals, like crispy potatoes and eggs for breakfast, no-nonsense pasta for dinner, or homemade granola, if your palate prefers food made with love and thoughtfulness – and patience, you want Captain Rand to cook. He puts his whole heart into the meals he makes – not just for me, but for our friends, too (well, when we could have friends aboard). And he loves going to a good potluck where he can share his fabulous artichoke-jalapeño dip (well, when we could go to a good potluck). And if he’s fed me too much over the course of the day, there’s always popcorn – yes, buttered and salted – for dinner. Just sayin’.

P.S. I do A LOT of f-ing dishes, but it’s worth it…I’m still spoiled.


  1. Heather

    Awwwww! I want Randy to cook for us! Not sure we’ve ever had the pleasure! This is a GREAT post!!!xoxoxox

    1. Jody Fraser

      That is impossible! We’ll definitely have to get the Captain to cook for y’all next time we’re in the same city, which will hopefully be sooner than later. Glad you enjoyed the post! Miss you guys like crazy!

  2. Terry

    That makes me so-o-o-o hungry!

    1. Jody Fraser

      It’s a problem, honestly. I have to be very careful about my intake vs. my output!! Hugs to you both!

  3. Julia Conover

    Ha ha!! Sounds just like us, except reverse – David does a lot of fucking dishes!! 😆 And I have started making granola too! I have always said cooking for someone, with fresh ingredients, is the ultimate act of 💕 love! 🥰. Someday we’ll have to share a meal, David will do dishes, he’s well trained! 😆. Sail over to Australia!! 😳🤔

    1. Jody Fraser

      We look very forward to sharing a meal with you guys! David and I can do the dishes together. Unfortunately, Australia is not in the cards for us anytime soon. I think the borders are still pretty tightly locked down to cruisers. So wonderful that you are getting to enjoy such a vast continent under such strange global conditions. Love to you both!

  4. Rob Armstrong

    Love this!

  5. Jane Roy

    A boat fit for a Queen! Could you help me find my Prince Charming? You guys r so darn cute. Miss you both! Take care and b safe!🤗

    1. Jody Fraser

      Prince Charmings are hard to come by, but we’re definitely keeping an eye out for you! You take care and be safe as well!!

  6. Milou Crew

    Thinking of you both!

    1. Jody Fraser

      Ditto!! We sure miss hanging out with you guys! Hope all is well up north and Ellie is enjoying being terrestrial again! XXOO ;o)

  7. Roy Averill-Murray

    It’s amazing what he can do in that small galley! Hugs!

    1. Jody Fraser

      Truly amazing and fantastic and fattening!! Love you guys!!

  8. Stacy

    You are so spoiled! Lucky you! But dishes! That’s definitely a decent trade! Miss you tons!!! Can’t wait till Rand can cook for us all again!

    1. Jody Fraser

      Hopefully soon. Miss you guys so, so much, it hurts!

  9. Free Luff:

    Just signed up to follow you, what a great site you have. We’re still in PE but saw you take off this morning.
    if you have time, could you add us to your site list please- Chad S/V Tulum V

    1. Jody Fraser

      Hey there! We just saw you drop in Candeleros! Will add you guys – thanks for the kudos! See you soon…

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