Fried Rice With Spring Vegetables

Fried rice is one of my favorite dishes to turn to when you aren’t quite sure what you have the fixings to make.  If you’ve got leftover rice and some kind of vegetables, plus the pantry staples, you’ve got a delicious one-bowl meal.  The key is having the rice really be old and cold (you…

Chilaquiles

…or, “how to eat chips and salsa for breakfast without explaining yourself.”  This is one of my captain’s favorite breakfasts, making it a real shame that this is the first time I’ve made it for him…and is our twelfth wedding anniversary!  I had never heard of it, so when he and his mom — who taught…

Mardi Gras! Eggplant Bayou Teche

  A pirate’s got to be flexible, change course with the wind, heave to and regroup. And that’s what we had to do this Mardi Gras season. Typically Louisiana-based Kristin would hold the Mardi Gras feast, to no one’s surprise. But her SV Upward Wing is on the hard. Unfortunately so is my SV Night…

Asian Grilled Shrimp Salad

This is one of those “well, duh” recipes — simple, but so very easy and satisfying that I’m just going to risk getting “duh”-ed at to remind you that you should make this a few times a month, particularly if you have easy access to good shrimp.  Proof that it’s easy?  We had it as…

Olde World Newfoundland Raspberry Pudding*

* with “New World” Screech Rum Sauce! A few years ago one of our very favorite followers, Mil York, sent us an autographed copy of this remarkable cookbook, “For Maids Who Brew and Bake, Rare and Excellent Recipes from 17th Century Newfoundland,”  by Sheilah Roberts. (Second Edition!) Mil grew up in Newfoundland and she has…

Chinese Hot & Sour Soup

Throw back to one year ago: World ARC 2018. I planned this meal in advance of this epic trip knowing we had lots of tofu on board. Tofu is a great protein to take cruising, as purchased in cans, it does not require refrigeration. And beautiful Torie, Admiral of beautiful SV Solitude, loves her tofu…

Dead Man’s Greens

This recipe popped up in the paper a few months back as “Kilt Greens” and I thought “well okay, let’s see how the Scots do their veggies.”  Turns out, it’s not Scottish — but quintessentially American, from Appalachia.  I asked my North Carolina native neighbor and she said her mom served them all the time…

Clove Hitch Pizza Bites

It’s been a while since we practiced our knot tying. The last time Galley Pirates had a knot tying exercise was Bowline Pretzels. Well, we won’t stop there. One of my favorites knots that is oh-so-easy and oh-so-easy-to-forget is the clove hitch, another “Quick! Tie a line around that piling!” knot. It’s only two loops…

Chicken Jalapeno Soup

Welcome to National Soup Month!  In the annals of made-up, commercially-exploitable holidays, this one’s pretty obvious.  It’s cold, you’re plum tuckered out with the challenge of packing a single buffet plate from a choice of twenty holiday dishes on offer, and maybe you’ve got a resolution to eat in a mildly more healthful manner.  Something…

Pheasant Under Isinglass

I’ve always wanted to make Pheasant Under Glass…it sounds so incredibly elegant. But sailors don’t come across this grasslands delicacy very often. We’re mostly handed duck and goose and such. So when my future son-in-law greeted me with a hug and a vacuum sealed frozen package of meticulously cleaned pheasant I couldn’t have been more…