Dia de los Muertos: Chicken Mole Poblano

Hola Piratas!  Welcome to Galley Pirates’ Dia de los Muertos celebration!  Dia de los Muertos — celebrated November first and second in Mexico and other countries or cities with a heavy Latin cultural tradition…in other words, cruising locales — is actually your Galley Pirates’ preferred holiday this time of year.  The tradition honors those who have…

Kuku Paka – East African Chicken

  This is an East African dish with Indian origins. Not surprisingly as the Indian culture permeates many of the cities of Kenya and the east coast of Africa. According to my sources, Kuku means “chicken” in Swahili and Paka is the Punjabi word for “delicious.” And delicious this is! Any dish with ginger, garlic, coconut and curry has…

Chicken with Poblano Cilantro Cream

It happens the first week of every January. The holidays are over and I’m craving Mexican food. I find myself deep into chile sauces and masa. Hominy and cilantro. Avocados and serranos. But what do you do if you have those “hold the garlic” guests on board? Well, check out this amazing dish that uses no…

Perfectly Spatchcocked

I was recently at a party where someone asked me “What is the benefit to…what is it you call…where you cut the chicken in half and flatten it?” Ah yes! Spatchcocking. One of my favorite words and definitely my favorite way to roast a bird. So much that I even spatchcocked yesterday’s Thanksgiving turkey! You can…

Turkey Drumsticks with Bourbon-Honey Mustard Sauce

I never get to eat the turkey drumsticks at Thanksgiving. They are always on others’ plates by the time I get my apron off and pour myself a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau. So to make up for it I created this “Fit for a Pirate” all drumstick dinner. The drumsticks are laid on top carrots, shallots,…

Lavender Cornish Game Hens

Yesterday’s salad was lovely, non?  Oui…and so, on to the main course: Cornish game hens baked with lavender.  I served them with very simply prepared french green beans, sauteed in a combination of equal amounts butter and olive oil, steamed until al dente (if you can apply that to vegetables), and salted and peppered to…

Quick Chicken Tikka Masala

We have a very close sailing friend — for his privacy, we will refer to him by the title we use half the time anyway due to his own formidable culinary skills…The Happy Hindu — who will likely be booking a flight within minutes of this posting in order to keel haul me for my…

Mediterranean Lemon Chicken

When your Skipper’s heart is here… But your galley is here… …the best way to reach his heart is…well… you know the rest. This evening’s dinner was a personal request from my Skipper, who loves Mediterranean food. It’s super easy and uses a minimal amount of galley ware: 1 large sauté pan, a pasta pot,…

Turkey Tetrazzini

So…my cooking/writing/photographer/blogging hero, Ree Drummond, jumped the gun on Turkey Tetrazzini last week. She just had to beat Galley Pirates to the punch. ; ) But our recipes are very different so check ’em both out and let us know your thoughts! This is my skipper’s favorite leftover turkey meal. It’s an easy galley meal. If…