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 and 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…

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, or “Piratenbeute”

  We spent Father’s Day with a family whose patriarchal dessert of choice was strawberry rhubarb pie, but two days before I had received an exceptional gift of piratey-treasure with a German twist to it, and needed to acknowledge its brilliance immediately.  So off to my galley to top a strawberry rhubarb pie with a…

Flan-From-A-Can

Warm beer and bread they say can raise the dead…whiskey and women are in short supply…I got a spicy monkey ridin’ on my back…halfway through a Jimmy Buffett album you’re pretty clear that running out of decent victuals is high on a pirate’s list of concerns.  Realistically, what you run out of long before whiskey…

Malibu Cream Puffs with Fudge Sauce

Does your mother worry about you? Does she think you’re bound for a Darwin Award with your crazy sailing adventures? Well, this Mother’s Day show her what incredible delights can come from that tiny sailboat galley of yours. The perfect Mother’s Day gift is not flowers or Sunday brunch at a crowded restaurant. It’s cream puffs!…