Pork Chops with Satsuma-Horseradish Marmalade

You’ve heard me say it — Satsumas are one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.  Ripening on southern trees between Thanksgiving and Christmas, they are thoroughly seasonal, but refreshingly light and fruity in between gravy-covered meals.  Tonight, alongside a nice Satsuma mulled cider, we had lovely thick pork chops with a spicy Satsuma…

Plum Cornmeal Cake

On the hook in Pelican Bay — a remarkably beautiful 85% protected anchorage on the southeast corner of Dauphin Island at the mouth of Mobile Bay — this was supposed to be dessert at dinner our first night.  But the incredibly long and harrowing passage (getting INTO a narrow-inlet barrier island anchorage in a boat…

Scotch Eggs on Night Watch

Not going to lie, these would be THE BOMB as far as night watch food goes, and so I had intended them.  Then night watch started early and never ended.  We were planning to make a leisurely passage from Lake Pontchartrain to Dauphin Island off Mobile Bay, anchoring briefly before sundown at an interim barrier…

Beef Mushroom Soup

This is one of my best original concoctions to date, full stop.  Truly delicious.  We are in a strange and somewhat insulting weather pattern down here on the Gulf, with lows in the 40’s at night, but also hurricanes … kinda like having wrinkles and acne at the same time in life … just totally…

Grits, Greens and Ham

When I saw this recipe on Serious Eats I immediately thought … “somebody visited the South.”  It’s such a quintessential southern dish, and yet … I had to correct a few regional inconsistencies: grits don’t call for hifalutin’ cheese like Parmesan, kale is not a thing in the land of collards, and I’ve never heard…

Black-and-Blue Beef Salad

If you are the type of pirate who gets a periodic craving for a good piece of beef but a warm steak loses its appeal in the summer heat, this recipe might be just your thing. “Black and blue” is the designation for a steak charred black on the outside but still raw on the…

Thai Mango and Sticky Rice

In March, just before we all went into lockdown, this pirate spent two weeks in northern Thailand eating her fill of delicious khao soi, som tam and khao niao mamuang every day.  Grateful to make it home before borders were closed, she nonetheless went into Thai food withdrawal, and the first dish she was compelled…

Crawfish and Asparagus Risotto

We hope you all are well.  Social distancing and self-isolation being a normal, periodic thing for sailors, the day to day of this challenge has been manageable for Upward Wing.  Grocery store shelves are a bit stark, but if you shop local, you can find a breath of spring and down here on da bayou,…

Pressure Cooker Beef Short Ribs

Sometimes a crew just  needs meat and potatoes, ya know?  And no better cut than short ribs for flavor, well marbled and bone-in, but that’s IF you have a good long time to braise them until they fall off the bone.  Tonight I did not have that time.  We had a great afternoon sail and…

Kolaches (aka TX breakfast hot dogs)

There was a time when your faithful Pirate had not heard of these wonderful one-handed breakfast treats.  I KNOW…Captain Peter was equally incredulous when I asked “what are these kolaches?” that I was reading about.  “YOU’VE NEVER HAD TEXAS BREAKFAST HOT DOGS?!?” was his response.  We met and married late, so we occasionally discover these…