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…

Caramelized Apples

I’ve never met a cruiser who doesn’t count apples as a primary food group.  Thrown in a produce hammock they last endlessly, fending off scurvy just as well as they did rumbling around in barrels on galleons.  I have recipes in every category using apples — breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizer, main, side, dessert…even mocktail.  For…

Greek Salad

A fresh Greek Salad is found alongside every Greek meal. And it can be a meal in itself with the addition of some gyro meat or grilled chicken. Be sure to add Kalamata olives. I thought I had a jar of olives on board Night Town this evening, but alas… a Greek Salad with no…

Jerk Chicken Pies

Meat pies are undoubtedly one of the most satisfying on-the-go meals when you’re cruising. We mentioned a similar recipe, Jamaican Meat Pies, last season. This is a slightly spicier take on those, using chicken instead of beef. But warning: they are time consuming to make, so plan ahead and be prepared. The right atmosphere will…