Nanaimo Bars

These absurdly delicious no-bake, almost fudge like cookie bars originate from a Canadian city on Vancouver Island, but this weekend aboard Upward Wing I made them decidedly Cajun by adding them as a “second verse”  of a local joke.  As it’s told, as a hurricane was approaching the bayou country* one Cajun turned to the…

Caveman Caprese

  Yep, still in our open-air galley here in New Orleans, doing as much as we can on the transom grill and otherwise up top until autumn weather kicks in.  Tonight we adapted a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks — The Thrill of the Grill — into what I like to call a…

Grilled Peach Bourbon Julep

I looked it up: a “julep” is a genre of drink — the most famous but not only of which is the fabled mint julep — “consisting of a liquor (such as bourbon or brandy) and sugar poured over crushed ice and garnished with mint.”  This was a revelation when I made these delicious cocktails…

Pork Ranchero Breakfast Arepa

Arepas are my new addiction so be prepared to see a number of these recipes on Galley Pirates. They are super easy to make and can be served plain, stuffed with cheese, smothered in sauces or any way imaginable. My introduction to these savory fried corn cakes was in Santa Marta, Columbia, where they’re a…

Snakehead Chả Cá Lã Vọng

What do you do with an invasive species? Eat it! Snakeheads (Frankenfish, or as National Geographic named them, “fishzilla“) are creepy, invasive fish that have been introduced into the Chesapeake and surrounding tributaries. They’re creepy not only because they are fierce predatory swimmers with rows of spiny teeth, but they can walk on land. They…

Piñon Crusted Pork Medallions with Avocado Pear Salsa

True confessions. We dug this recipe out of the Galley Pirates drafts from January 2015! It’s not that this is a bad meal or anything, and it’s fairly boat friendly as well. It has just never made it to the top of the queue. Lost and forgotten, Piñon Pine Crusted Pork Medallions is finally being…

Waffles with Peaches and Creme

I have a new gadget that I snuck onboard the boat this weekend. Not exactly sure where I’m going to stow it but I’ll be sure to keep it out of sight of the captain. It meets 3 out of 4 of the “NOT for a Sailboat” criteria: it’s heavy, it’s single use and it…

Bowline Pretzels with Pirate Mustard Sauce

Yes, all you Galley Pirates out there know how to tie a bowline, right? It’s just part of being a sailor. But how many times have you had to tie a BOWLINE…NOW…when you have a complete brain freeze and start rehearsing “…rabbit through the hole? around the tree? up the hole? or is it a…

Cucumber Gazpacho

A few weeks back we promised you a Cucumber Gazpacho recipe, reminiscent of my meal at La Poste in Panama City. As cucumbers are still ever-so-abundant in my garden, now is a good time to try to duplicate the restaurant’s delectable little shot of pale green heaven. They served this before the meal alongside some…