Fatteh and Fatoush

End of summer special, here, from your southernmost Galley Pirate.  A little Levantine leavening for your Friday.  Fatteh is one of my favorite dishes at my favorite Lebanese restaurant, and just didn’t seem that daunting — the word actually means “crushed” or “crumbs” … imminently achievable standard in a galley — so I went looking…

The Great New Orleans Ferdie Po’ Boy

These are so over-the-top you don’t even find them at every po’ boy restaurant in New Orleans.  Pioneered by Mother’s Restaurant, this classic is variously interpreted as a roast beef po’ boy with ham and cheese or a ham and cheese po ‘boy with roast beef debris.  Mother’s didn’t have cheese — it was just…

Chicken Tostadas With Homemade Refried Beans

This is one of my go-to recipes for when I have leftover cooked chicken.  And refried beans are one of those things you could just eat from a can … in this version they are still mostly from a can, but soooo much tastier.  Here’s a fun story: I made the above platter of five tostadas for…

Cajun Catfish Courtbouillon

Happy National Catfish Day, Scallywags!  Okay, so a couple of introductory explanations.  First, here in Cajun country, it’s pronounced “Coo-BEE-yohn” with a silent “n” … which isn’t normal “en Francais.”  Second, it’s Cajun so it’s thick and highly spiced and stew like, as opposed to the french version which I am told is a delicate…

Shrimp Tacos With Homemade Flour Tortillas

Ahhhhh, Memorial Day weekend.  Start of summer, and glorious galley adventures.  And what better on-board tribute to the day than to feed and float a recently retired Coast Guard Captain?  While Capt. Kevin and his son Brandon were our guests of honor for the day on Night Town, Doug is still the skipper…and requested SPICY. …

Coffee Flummery

This brilliant and storied dessert recipe comes courtesy of our friends Amy and Mark, and particularly Amy’s mother.  Even before we tried it, we seized upon it because of the name…it’s just fun to say, and the limerick possibilities are intriguing.  But it turns out to fill a critical gap for us on Upward Wing. …

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…

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…

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,…

Asparagus Soup With Lemon and Dill (Asparagolemono)

Spring has very much sprung here in the South — beautiful weather with just enough warmth, no humidity, and some great winds!  That means two things: get the diver out to scrub our bottom (go ahead…indulge your inner 12-year-old boy and giggle…), and asparagus season.  This soup is from the Old Farmer’s Almanac and is…