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SNAIL TAPAS

SNAIL TAPAS

OK… Now this one I am really pleased with… An inexpensive can of snails, some Spanish ham, roasted tomatoes, A little garlic & onion, spicy paprika… Toasted Tuscan bread.. A sacrificed splash of wine… …equals… a really good and super easy one pan meal.   SNAIL TAPAS …here’s what I used… 2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped 1/3 cup chopped onion Serrano ham, about 1/2-2/3 cup chopped 1 can snails, drained 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes smoked paprika chopped parsley to…

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R.E.D. MEZZE

R.E.D. MEZZE

Halloumi is a wonderful flavourful salty squeaky cheese that lends itself so well to grilling. Serve with a fresh green salad (check out my Quinoa Salad) or whatever you have on hand in your galley. Tonight it will be the perfect addition to a cockpit-end-of-day mezze feast…. with a little taste of this with a little sip of that… I simply sliced the Halloumi, dipped in a dusting of flour and spicy smoked paprika, and grilled for a minute or…

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CHEESY BACON DIP

CHEESY BACON DIP

When I cook bacon onboard I usually add a few extra strips for future meals like BLT’s (there’s that ‘cook once eat twice’ thing) or this little dip, perfect for an impromptu cockpit party or a pot luck offering. The original recipe is baked for 15 minutes in a 350 ° oven but it needs only a minimal amount of heat to render it that perfect texture for dipping your favourite crackers or veggies (use a heat proof dish and…

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SMOKED HERRING with BEET and LIME

SMOKED HERRING with BEET and LIME

Appetizers onboard don’t get any simpler… or more elegant… than this…     SMOKED HERRING with BEET & LIME several slices of crusty bread 1 clove garlic 1 tin smoked herring, drained 1 raw red beet, shredded 1 raw orange beet, shredded juice and zest of 1 lime 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley small handful pea sprouts, chopped 1 tbsp olive oil sea salt & pepper lime 1/4’s 1/2 cup yogurt cheese (recipe link) In a bowl combine beets, sprouts,…

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CRISPY RAVIOLI with MARINARA SAUCE

CRISPY RAVIOLI with MARINARA SAUCE

  What started out as a Happy Hour blog post turned into a full scale meal… …some Mache greens drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sprinkled with salt & pepper and grated parmesan completed this Happy-Hour-turned-main-course. CRISPY RAVIOLI with MARINARA SAUCE 12 fresh cheese & spinach ravioli cooking oil 1 cup of your favourite marinara sauce 6 Merguez sausage, cut into 2″ pieces 1 egg 1 tsp water 1 cup panko bread crumbs 3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 garlic…

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BAKED R.E.D. CAMEMBERT #2 – 44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE –

BAKED R.E.D. CAMEMBERT #2 – 44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE –

#2 This French classic will be easy to reproduce on the boat. We were in the habit last year of keeping a good supply of these canned cheeses onboard. No refrigeration needed, perfect for a late evening sunset cockpit meal or should we have unexpected guests drop by. Uncork a bottle of Bordeaux… Enjoy… BAKED R.E.D. CAMEMBERT 125 g Camembert 1 clove garlic, slivered several sprigs fresh rosemary olive oil sea salt crusty bread cut into 2″ pieces 1/4 c…

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PIZZA MUSHROOM PULL APARTS

PIZZA MUSHROOM PULL APARTS

I’m adding the ingredients for these to my provision list this summer for sure. So fast and easy. and really tasty… An excellent Happy Hour snack. PIZZA MUSHROOM PULL APARTS 4 cups Baby Bella mushrooms, stems removed 1/4 cup pizza sauce pepperoni slices, enough for each mushroom 2 cups mozzarella, shredded ….place mushroom caps upside down on grill sheet…   …fill the mushroom cavity with pizza sauce… …top each mushroom with a pepperoni slice… …top with cheese… Grill until cheese…

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LENTIL POLENTA CANAPÉS w/ BALSAMIC FIG CONFITURE

LENTIL POLENTA CANAPÉS w/ BALSAMIC FIG CONFITURE

In preparation for a little cocktail party tonight, I am making some appetizers using lentils and polenta. Lentil Polenta is so easy to prepare, takes very little time to cook, and is a really versatile dish. (not to mention nutritious and delicious)     For Lentil Polenta 1 cup water 2 cups milk 1/2 cup polenta 1/2 cup split red lentils 1/2 cup Boursin Pepper cheese or soft goat cheese 2 tbsp grated parmesan 3-4 fresh mint leaves, stacked, rolled…

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JELLY CARROT JUICE SNACKS:

JELLY CARROT JUICE SNACKS:

My recent post for Cosmopolitan Jelly Shots got me thinking… why not make some non-alcohol ones for an onboard snack? I know that health-wise, eating real fruit is better that fruit juices for many reasons, but if we are unable to always have fresh fruit available on the boat this could be an alternative… relatively healthy… quick energy snack… easy to make… doesn’t take up a lot of room… not sticky or messy (Captain hates messy) So I went to…

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GRILLED STRAWBERRY BRUSCHETTA & COSMOPOLITAN HEARTS

GRILLED STRAWBERRY BRUSCHETTA & COSMOPOLITAN HEARTS

We have been invited to a Valentine dinner party and the hostess is very conscious of coordinating colours for pleasing presentation appeal. Obviously something in a red palate… Pressure is on… My contribution: GRILLED STRAWBERRY BRUSCHETTA 4 cups of sliced fresh strawberries 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar goat cheese 1 baguette, sliced olive oil A few basil leaves Heat grill Gently mix strawberries & balsamic vinegar. Spread onto a grill sheet, cover grill and cook for 5-7 minutes. Remove and let…

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