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ROASTED GARLIC HUMMUS

ROASTED GARLIC HUMMUS

It’s Friday Galley Peeps! Time to kick back and enjoy a little post week Happy Hour. Before I retired I designated Friday as a no-cook-zone. It was the one day I didn’t have to prepare anything elaborate. I allowed myself pre-prep time but when 5:00 hit it was fill your plate with yummy things and pour those drinks. Even now we take great pleasure in the tradition. Sometimes we loose track of what day it is, but when ‘Friday’ is…

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BUBBLY and NIBBLES – a docktails party in the making

BUBBLY and NIBBLES – a docktails party in the making

One of the very best parts of a boating life is the people we meet. After spending several years living in a large city and now after three seasons of boating adventures I can’t help but compare the two existances. I can walk down the street here in Montreal, pass by dozens of people and no one will speak, or offer a greeting, or sometimes not even smile. When I first moved here from the east coast, François took me…

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SWEET and SAVOURY CHEESE STRAWS

SWEET and SAVOURY CHEESE STRAWS

Working with puff pastry isn’t something I would normally undertake in my little galley but I have been curious about homemade cheese straws. Recipes I’ve seen make them look so simple to ‘just throw together’. So today I gave them a try. They are indeed simple to make. But ‘just throw together’? Still not convinced. SWEET and SAVOURY CHEESE STRAWS what you will need 1 package of puff pastry sheets (2 sheets per package) 1 cup grated Parmesan 1 package…

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MOROCCAN ROASTED CARROT HUMMUS

MOROCCAN ROASTED CARROT HUMMUS

Want to add a touch of the exotic North Africa to your next party? Try this mildy sweet with a touch of spicy dip. MOROCCAN ROASTED CARROT HUMMUS what you will need 1 lb carrots, cut into 1″ pieces 3-4 cloves garlic (skins left on) 4 tbsp olive oil, divided 1/4 cup tahini 1 tbsp Harissa 1 1/2 cups chick peas 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/4 tsp…

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BUFFALO CHICKEN MEATBALLS with BLUE CHEESE DIP

BUFFALO CHICKEN MEATBALLS with BLUE CHEESE DIP

When you don’t want messy drippy chicken wing fingers try these little cocktail meatballs. Very easy to make ahead, then simply reheat when ready to serve. BUFFALO CHICKEN MEATBALLS   what you will need 1 lb ground chicken 1 cup panko (or your fave bread crumbs) 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/2 cup very finely minced onion 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp ground pepper oil for cooking 1/2 – 3/4 cups of…

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EASY ZUCCHINI SPREAD

EASY ZUCCHINI SPREAD

With all the wonderful produce available in the local markets it’s difficult to choose which to bring onboard. Afterall, I can’t have it all no matter what with limited space and refrigeration This week I chose zucchini. Two large zucchini and a couple of green onions formed the base. Grating them gave me about 4 cups of zucchini. Treating it to a good sprinkling of sea salt, then squeezing as much juice out as possible considerably cut down on the…

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BACON-WRAPPED POACHED FIGS

BACON-WRAPPED POACHED FIGS

Blue cheese and dark chocolate pairing? Heavenly! Add to that some crisp bacon and figs… …is there a beyond heaven? Put that chardonnay on ice baby, we’re dining tonight! BACON-WRAPPED POACHED FIGS 12 figs 2 tbsp chocolate balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup blue cheese 12 slices bacon Cook bacon until almost done but not crispy. Set aside to drain on paper towelling Poach figs in a small amount of water until soft and swollen. Remover from liquid and set aside until…

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R.E.D. APPETIZER – an entrée

R.E.D. APPETIZER – an entrée

Here in Frenchland an ‘entree’ is a first course… which now makes perfect sense to me… entrée… a derivative of ‘to enter’.. ‘to introduce or make a beginning’… Now that I have become accustomed to this meaning of the word, it’s difficult for me to revert to it’s more common North American meaning of ‘main dish’. At any rate, while picking up some weekend supplies at our favourite market, the in-store chef was preparing and offering samples of his latest…

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PAN-BAKED BRIE with PEPPERED STRAWBERRIES

PAN-BAKED BRIE with PEPPERED STRAWBERRIES

I try to keep a small supply of these little rounds of Brie and Camembert onboard because they don’t require refrigeration until opened. Just check the expiry date, discard the box marking each sealed round with the date and type of cheese. Add some crackers or crusty bread, some olives and dried fruit or nuts to the mix and you have instant appetizer should guests stop by unexpectedly.   …or.. Knock your entertaining game up several notches with this recipe….

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SAVOURY BLUE CHEESE BITES

SAVOURY BLUE CHEESE BITES

This post is for you Elizabeth of Sail Away Girl (check out her site for lots of sail-related tips & tricks) I have no oven in our little chalet on the water so it would be unlikely that I would make these cocktail ‘cookies’ onboard… well maybe, it I get bored some day… Ha! boredom on a boat? Craziness! Anyway, a while back I posted a recipe for easy Fig Jam because we were having a little dinner party (land-based)…

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