CHOCOLATE DIPPED FIGS w/ SEA SALT

CHOCOLATE DIPPED FIGS w/ SEA SALT

Today I am plagued with AAADD (Age Activated Attention Deficite Disorder) You know those times when you start something but on the way to completing it you get distracted by something else? Everywhere I look I see opportunities for more delicious recipes that take me in new directions. The latest was when I returned to the store for the second time to buy ingredients to make Reuben Sandwiches after making Tomato Soup. Just before leaving for the store I happened…

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REUBEN SANDWICH – AKA Grilled Cheese with Attitude

REUBEN SANDWICH – AKA Grilled Cheese with Attitude

We don’t eat smoke meat often as we try as much as possible to avoid additives such as nitrites but when you live in a city with the reputation of THE BEST SMOKED MEAT we from time to time indulge. This was one of those days. I had just finished making a batch of Tomato Soup. And was thinking – what goes together with tomato soup but a fine grilled cheese. Like monkeys and bananas. Like salt and pepper. Like…

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RUSSIAN DRESSING

RUSSIAN DRESSING

Russian Dressing   1 cup       1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup Greek yogurt 1/4 cup ketchup (link to my homemade version) 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons onion, grated 1 tablespoon horse radish 1/2 lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon chili sauce 1/4 teaspoon paprika salt and pepper to taste   Mix everything well and chill           Adapted from Closet Cooking

HOMEMADE KETCHUP

HOMEMADE KETCHUP

This is another example of trying to make healthier choices. We don’t use ketchup often but when we do it’s good to have a bit more control over the amount of added salt and sugar… Homemade Ketchup 1 6-ounce can tomato paste 1/4 cup agave syrup 1/2 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder   Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until…

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TOMATO SOUP

TOMATO SOUP

Tomato soup is the ‘little black dress of soups’. Dressed up or unadorned it is the perfect elegant cold weather entrée or served with it’s mate – the grilled cheese     Simple Tomato Soup 1tbsp each olive oil & butter 3 small onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tbsp flour 1-28oz tin crushed tomatoes 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock fresh herbs (I used thyme & basil) salt & pepper Sauté onions and garlic until transparent & fragrant….

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NATIONAL COOKIE DAY

NATIONAL COOKIE DAY

YAY! One of my favourite foods has its own day! I have been wanting to try this recipe for a couple of reasons …no baking required… and I needed an easy gluten-free-transportable-something-sweet-for-dessert to take to our winter cabin family get-together so am subbing the wheat flour with brown rice flour. Francois subscribes to the get-the-grandkids-hopped-up-on-sugar-then-send-them-home-plan so this should fit that criteria perfectly. SO much sugar! I would never make these onboard for many reasons (sailing is its own ‘high’ –…

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SMASHED POTATOES

SMASHED POTATOES

I’ve been seeing a lot of recipes for smashed potatoes lately. They would be easy to prepare onboard… Boil Smash Load Grill Here is my version… Little potatoes Thyme Green onions Lemon Butter Olive oil Cheese of choice, grated Boil potatoes until fork tender Smash with a masher or fork Top each with a teaspoon of lemon butter Drizzle with olive oil Top with green onions & cheese Place a sprig of thyme over each row Place on grill, cover…

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FRENCH ONION SOUP

FRENCH ONION SOUP

I don’t actaully have a specific recipe for onion soup but it is so easy to throw together, even on a boat with limited resources… BOAT FRENCH ONION SOUP 2 cups caramelized onions 4 cups beef broth 2 tbsp flour 1/4 cup brandy 1/4 cup sherry or red wine French bread parmesan cheese, grated mozarella cheese, grated Add onions to a pot and gently heat Sprinkle flour over onions and stir to incorporate until flour is ‘cooked’ Add brandy and…

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CROCKPOT CARAMELIZED ONIONS

CROCKPOT CARAMELIZED ONIONS

I don’t have a crock pot onboard but was curious about the result of this method… 6 medium onions, sliced 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 tsp sea salt… …stir all together in crock pot and set for 10 hours or until preferred done-ness…   …Or… my onboard way of caramelizing.. same amount of onions as above 3 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp butter 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp sugar Stir all over medium heat until golden (approximately 20-25 minute) Make…

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH & APPLE HASH

BUTTERNUT SQUASH & APPLE HASH

I found this recipe using squash the other day and thought it looked like a healthy seasonal side dish… …it required just a few ingredients, ones that could easily be stored onboard, apples, squash, nuts and what boat doesn’t have a good supply of bacon… The original recipe required oven and stove top so in keeping my simple galley focus I turned it into a one-pan-dish… Butternit Squash & Apple Hash   2 cups diced butternut squash, peeled and diced…

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