Moroccan Orange, Carrot & Radish Salad

Radishes are one of the most rewarding vegetables in your spring garden. They are often the first seeds to sow and they are always the first to pull up and eat, just 4 weeks after they’re sown. You see bunches and bunches of them in farmer’s markets right a long side asparagus this time of…

Moussaka

In these very strange times of isolation…working from home (if we can work at all), communicating through Zoom, wearing masks and suspicious of complete strangers whose smiles are covered…I think we are all leaning towards things that bring normalcy to our lives. Comfort. We reread our favorite books, binge watch our favorite programs, and of…

Lillet Reviver

Every now an then we sneak in a mid-week, little…in this case petite, recipe. This happens to be a cocktail from David Lebovitz’s new book of cocktails, Drinking French. Infused with Lillet blanc, gin and Grand Marnier…with a lick of absinthe…it is totally worth risking cut crystal coupe glasses in the cockpit for evening sundowners.

Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken)

Being locked up with little to do but cook and eat, I seem to be turning a blind eye to calories. Back in the day, when you could go to an Indian restaurant…any restaurant…I’d typically get Tandoori Grilled Salmon or Chicken Malai Kabab, nothing laden in heavy sauces. Watching calories, you know! But now I’m…

Tonno e Cannellini (Tuna & White Bean Stew)

Being the isolated spontaneous chefs we all are now, I’m guessing I’m not the only one investigating what’s in the bottom of my freezer. Well, lo and behold, there is still about 20 pounds of tuna left from Alex’s off-shore bachelor party! The culinary gears start turning. And when you are also gifted a FABULOUS…

M’Hencha (Coiled Snake Pastry)

M’Hencha (translates to “coiled snake”) recipes are as varied as the Moroccan chefs that create them. But they all do seem to have one thing in common: the instructions start out with “…combine in an electric food processor…” So you think I would be smart enough not to challenge that. Smart enough to realize that…

Thai Mango and Sticky Rice

In March, just before we all went into lockdown, this pirate spent two weeks in northern Thailand eating her fill of delicious khao soi, som tam and khao niao mamuang every day.  Grateful to make it home before borders were closed, she nonetheless went into Thai food withdrawal, and the first dish she was compelled…

Phở (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

Many people are finding themselves at home with more time on their hands than they ever thought imaginable. And many of those people’s homes are boats. Close quarters. Projects like rebuilding the head pump, replacing impellers, …even French whipping the wheel, are starting to get monotonous. Looking for more rewarding ways to spend time? Try…

Hot Cross Buns for Easter

Happy Good Friday to you!  Lent is almost over (we should all have given up pandemics…) and the resurrection is upon us, so time for a warming, homey, traditional holiday recipe.  Hot cross buns are typically British.  A wonderful nautical bit of lore: The Widow’s Son pub in Bromley-by-Bow had a Royal Navy sailor hang…

Eggs Sardou

I alluded ever so vaguely to it two weeks ago … Caroline brushed up closer last week with making bread, because there is none to buy.  But this week we have to acknowledge full-on: things are a MESS for those not already sequestered in a floating home where non-cohabitants have at least an anchor line-and-chain’s…