Yesterday, I came across an NPR segment and article on the cafeteria at McMurdo Station, the U.S. base on Antarctica (think South, cold and penguins). The base is the year-round home to 1,100 people and contains one cafeteria responsible for providing everyone with 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, all year round.
Now, if you don't get around to listening to the segment or article, here's the deal. Antarctica has one sunrise and one sunset per year; it stays light for months....and dark for months....and if you venture too far from the base, you're toast (or perhaps ice). The kicker here is that they only get a food delivery once per year when an icebreaker can get through to them. ONCE PER YEAR!
Can you imagine that? My grocery shopping consists of regular trips to the butcher shop, farm stand and regular market -- and I *try* to spice things up and make new and different things as much as possible and take advantage of fresh ingredients that are available locally. It's crazy to think that these people get one shipment of food, mostly frozen, to last them an entire year. Actually, it's pretty damn amazing, and a testament to just how good a chef Sally Ayotte is.