Carrot Cake Mini-Bundts

Mmmmmm…moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting in a conveniently single-serving-sized (though the equivalent of three regular cupcakes) mini-bundt!  I made these for Easter, and particularly to share with marina neighbors — hence the perhaps excessive carrot-themed presentation.  But these would be delicious any time.  Throw some toasted coconut on top of the frosting instead…

Irish Cream-Glazed Mini-Chocolate Stout Bundt Cakes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from your Galley Pirates!  We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s lamb stew as much as we did.  Our guests aboard included two teenagers with whose eating habits I was unfamiliar, and I was concerned they might suffer through the stew only upon orders from their parents, so I decided a consolation prize…

Lemon Ginger Macaroons

If you like coconut and occasionally experience URGENT cravings for a fresh, warm, homemade cookie that require sating in “slice-n-bake” timeframe or less, then this is your recipe.  A handful of ingredients — most of which you probably have, and which are easy to keep on the shelf for just such emergencies — and about…

Satsuma Creole Cream Cheese Pie

T’was the night before Christmas…or so we claimed, and comported ourselves accordingly!  Having land-obligations for the actual holiday, Upward Wing had Christmas dinner aboard with friends this past weekend.  With weather in the mid-70s, your southern Louisiana Pirate wasn’t feeling rich stuffings or green bean casserole or pumpkin pie.  Enter Satsumas, a local crop cousin…

Almond Pear Tart

This is not one of those desserts you whip up for a hungry crew after a hard sail. This is best saved for those special evenings in the marina when you have time on your hands and appreciative guests who love good food and leisurely dining. This is a decadent dessert, but somewhat time consuming.…

Night Watch Oatmeal Cookies

No offshore cruise is complete without cookies on night watches. And like any food when you’re pounding the ocean’s waves…you want something easy, nutritious and satisfying. Many cruisers, including we on Night Town, have an alcohol prohibition offshore. It may be the only time many sailors sober up. So in absence of the usual beer,…

Strawberries Steeped With Basil and Pepper

This is a VERY simple, and light, but delicious dressing-up for the season’s best berries.  Having grown up in Ventura County, California — the Strawberry Capital of the World, we all knew well — I was at first perplexed to find that this part of Louisiana considers itself the Strawberry Capital of the Universe.  I’m not going to…

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

Bananas Foster…there aren’t many more dramatic, glamorously celebratory desserts.  A tropical, rich concoction…it’s boozy sauce set aflame!  Tempted to ring in 2017 with this decadence I realized…you are breaking two of the cardinal rules of boat safety: no bananas (maritime bad luck magnets), and fire (the only thing, other than more water coming on than…

Cranberry Apple Pie with Rum Sauce

Is there any way to make an apple pie that’s better than your grandma’s? Absolutely. Add cranberries and drown it in rum sauce! This is the perfect holiday recipe for all you sailors out there who have more rum on board than cream. Sound familiar? The big decision is which rum to use. Finish up your Gosling’s…

Mediterranean Yogurt Cake

As I’m staring out brass portholes, smelling a hint of diesel fumes and holding tank, I imagine lavender scented breezes blowing through french lace curtains in the Provence countryside. I can even hear the warblers calling. The imagination is a wonderful thing. A friend of mine directed me to this recipe that was published in the Washington…