SPICY STRAWBERRY JAM

SPICY STRAWBERRY JAM

“The rule is jam tomorrow and jam yesterday but never jam to-day.” “It’s jam every other day; to-day isn’t any other day, you know.”  Red Queen Through the Looking Glass. This is jam with an attitude. Best served with a dollop of goat cheese on a crispy cracker… Spicy Strawberry Jam 2 pounds fresh strawberries hulled and chopped 1 3/4 cups sugar 2 serrano peppers (other spicy peppers can be substituted – I used 4 Thai chilis – Oh my,…

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GORGONZOLA MUSHROOM PRESSURE COOKER POLENTA LASAGNA

GORGONZOLA MUSHROOM PRESSURE COOKER POLENTA LASAGNA

I can hear it now. You are on a boat with a 1-burner alcohol stove a 9″x9″ sink with a hand pump faucet and you’re cooking this? But we are ‘dirt people’ for the next 3 months, boat ‘on the hard’ and it’s winter Canadian winter!!! and R.E.D. just received her Pressure Cooker Christmas gift and I found this yummy looking recipe for polenta. I modified it as much as possible to accommodate boat galley cooking keeping in mind the…

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BACON JAM

BACON JAM

I made Bacon Jam last year to bring onboard. It goes very well with Camembert or Brie… and a glass of wine for an after sail snack…       It also keeps very well and like caramelized onions is a delicious addition with grilled meats, on scrambled eggs and in sandwiches. My favourite is to spread on toast, top with a poached egg and a slice of avocado. Bacon Jam 1 lb. thick cut bacon 2 extra large sweet…

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PASTA PUTTANESCA

PASTA PUTTANESCA

Made mostly with ingredients on hand this is one easy quick flavourful dish. One of the many things I miss having a good fresh supply of is basil but I recently found a reasonable preserved substitute from Gourmet Garden. The aroma is intoxicating. Easy Pasta Puttanesca 12 ounces linguine 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic thinly sliced 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons capers drained 1/2 cup roughly chopped kalamata olives 1 28- ounce can…

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JAPANESE PANCAKES

JAPANESE PANCAKES

The real name for these is Okonomiyaki a name derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or ‘what you want’ and yaki meaning ‘grilled’ or ‘cooked’.     I have been making these for years from leftover coleslaw-type ingredients, quite often adding leftover shredded cooked chicken or pork frying then up and serving with soya sauce or Bragg soya seasoning (same flavour as soya but without the added salt)   3 cups of crisp shredded veggies (cabbage, Brussels…

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BRUSSELS SPROUTS & CAPICOLA PIZZA

BRUSSELS SPROUTS & CAPICOLA PIZZA

Who would have thought that the one vegetable that so many people despise can be the one that can be added to such delicious meals. Brussels sprouts, like cabbage keeps much better than other greens. I now use it in salads, side dishes and now pizza… This past summer we started cooking the pizzas on the BBQ using Naan bread So easy (just top and grill) So good (Captain’s favourite food) I like the results of using pizza stones (they…

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ARANCINI

ARANCINI

  Arancini Ahh! leftover risotto! It doesn’t happen very often but it’s worth making extra risotto just to have these ‘little oranges’ the next day.   Such was the case from a recent dinner party of Fresh Mushroom Seafood Risotto… 3 cups of leftover risotto I added 1 egg, some extra parmesan, a little more salt & pepper formed the mixture into golf-ball-sized balls (keeping your hands dipped in water helps keep you from becoming a sticky rice mess) roll…

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ROASTED BROCCOLI CHICKEN QUINOA BAKE

ROASTED BROCCOLI CHICKEN QUINOA BAKE

I’m a big fan of ‘cooking once eating twice’. …Who wants to be in the cabin cooking when you could be in the cockpit sailing?… So planning ahead we have grilled chicken breast, grilled broccoli to add to this delicious and healthy little casserole – Omnia Stove Top style…     Roasted Broccoli, Chicken and Cheddar Quinoa Bake 4 servings 3 cups broccoli florets 1/2 large onion roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves sliced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Pinch…

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FRESH MUSHROOM SEAFOOD RISOTTO

FRESH MUSHROOM SEAFOOD RISOTTO

For me, Risotto is the ultimate comfort food. It does require hands-on attention while cooking but for a mere 20 minutes… Fresh Mushroom Seafood Risotto 2 ounces sliced shitake mushrooms 2 ounces sliced oyster mushrooms 2 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic 1/2 small diced sweet onion 1 tablespoon of olive oil 2 cups arborio rice 3/4 c port 8 cups chicken stock 3-4 cups fresh seafood (I used shrimp, scallops & langoustine) 1-2 tbsp butter 1/2…

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MEATLESS MONDAY: Spicy RED Lentil Chickpea Stew

MEATLESS MONDAY: Spicy RED Lentil Chickpea Stew

A cold snowy wintery day for the ‘dirt people’…   What do I have on hand for a tastey one dish dinner? …a dinner with lots of thermogenic seasoning…   …the perfect solution!     Spicy Red Lentil Chickpea Stew 1 large onion finely chopped 1 T olive oil 2 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger 1 T finely minced garlic 1 tsp. ground turmeric 3/4 cup celery finely diced 1 tsp. Garam Masala 1 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom 1/2 tsp….

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