Banh Mi Burritos

Do you ever have those gastronomical descision-making crises where every single ethnic food category seems like exactly what you’re craving?  Do I want Thai or Middle Eastern or Vietnamese or Mexican?  And then do you ever want said cravings to be available almost instantaneously?  And then … do you realize you’re on a boat somewhere…

Spinach Salad With Apples and Maple Vinaigrette

  This is a short-but-sweet recipe just meant to get the seasonal culinary juices flowing!  I served this recently with a bacon and sweet potato galette on an evening when we desperately wanted it to be autumn, but were still a couple of days early.  The combination gave us the satisfaction of seasonal flavors, but…

Ratatouille, His-n-Hers

  The crew of Upward Wing are very compatible; few sources of friction; all maritime marital bliss.  I say this so that you will know I’m NOT complaining but…Captain Peter doesn’t eat eggplant.  This is something I can generally live with, but not during Indian summer when eggplant, summer squash, tomatoes, herbs and peppers are…

Nanaimo Bars

These absurdly delicious no-bake, almost fudge like cookie bars originate from a Canadian city on Vancouver Island, but this weekend aboard Upward Wing I made them decidedly Cajun by adding them as a “second verse”  of a local joke.  As it’s told, as a hurricane was approaching the bayou country* one Cajun turned to the…

Caveman Caprese

  Yep, still in our open-air galley here in New Orleans, doing as much as we can on the transom grill and otherwise up top until autumn weather kicks in.  Tonight we adapted a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks — The Thrill of the Grill — into what I like to call a…

Chimichurri Steak Tacos

Galley Pirates Truth Bomb* : we do not make a completely new and different meal every day of our lives.  When you are not looking, we — like other mere maritime mortals — repeat our favorites and go-to’s (go’s-to?) and standbys over and over again.  We do endeavor not to tire you all with repetition,…

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…

Serrano Ham-Wrapped Tuna Muffulettas

This lunch aboard 50-foot trimaran Firefly in late October en route to San Diego from Newport Beach was an outrageously good riff on a Susan Spicer recipe, itself a twist on the traditional Italian sandwich created in New Orleans.  When you are cruising down the California coast toward the start of the Baja Ha-Ha rally,…

Classic French Onion Soup

I just happen to have two onions, garlic and left over beef broth made from Pressure Cooker Roast Beef. There are so many things you can do with beef broth….Maryland Crab Soup, Beef Barley Soup, Beef Stroganoff. These will all be upcoming recipes on Galley Pirates some day. But this evening we’re going to focus on one of…

Baba Ghanouj

This middle eastern dip is one of my favorite foods, and that’s even after all my other favorite middle eastern dishes!  Captain Peter dislikes eggplant in any incarnation, including this one.  (Or maybe it’s the breath that results from so much raw garlic!)  So I wait for an invitation to a party and then gleefully…