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…

Irish Lamb Stew

I agreed to cover the St. Patrick’s Day post this year.  Even though we have a serious cold front coming through right now: 40s at night and only mid-60s during the day…oh the humanity!  But unlike Nightown, Upward Wing isn’t on the hard and snowed in.  So I persevered…but it very much called for a…

Thai Laab Moo

Laab — or larb on many Americanized menus — is one of my favorite Thai dishes.  So imagine my surprise finding out while in Southeast Asia a few weeks back that it’s actually Laotian — the national dish of Laos, in fact.  I didn’t make it to Laos on this trip, so our intrepid readers…

Garlic Truffle Fries

  My skipper just got back to the boat after a cold, wet, “sporty” race on a J22. He needed a nap, a beer and some carbs; not necessarily in that order. He didn’t seem to mind that I had a hankering for Truffle Fries today. Fries are those sides that everyone loves, but aren’t…

Cornsicles (or Tamales-on-a-Stick)

Who knew you could make tamales cute?  Who knew you could make them with shrimp?  This recipe came from a cookbook of Native American recipes from the American southwest and we had them as appetizers for our Dia de los Muertos dinner.  Sure, they would have been cuter with actual popsicle sticks, but takeout chopsticks…

Shrimp Lardon on Fettuccini

Lardons, French salt pork similar to bacon or pancetta, are used as a seasoning for braised meat and all sorts of other things. Today, headed southwest underway to the coast of Columbia, we used them to season shrimp and vegetables, loading up a nice bed of vegetable fettuccini.

Coconut Grapefruit Mahi

The Mahi we caught on our westward sail through the Caribbean was the gift that kept on giving. The fish was the perfect size for 2 full meals plus ample leftover fish for tacos and such. We were under way today with about 24 hours to reach historic Santa Marta, Columbia, on a beautiful broad…

Apple Cheese Turnover … underway at 8 kts

Regular followers will know that Pirate Kristin has been whining prodigiously for some time about the TRULY unprecedented cold plaguing the Gulf Coast this winter — which is only exacerbated by Pirate Caroline traipsing around in Caribbean climes.  Well…today, after a ridiculous several-days’ freeze, the bayou dwellers awoke to high-60s, sun, and a brisk 15-18kt…

Fresh Lobsters, Two Ways

Cruisers rave about the San Blas Islands. And I get it. Totally. These are remote islands off the Atlantic coast of Panama inhabited by a few local Kuna Indians. The islands are tiny, with canopies of coconut palms shading the scattered make-shift dwellings of the locals.