GALLEY ADDITION (plus new easy recipe)
Good day to you my Galley friends. I decided it was time to introduce you all to my new Galley assistant, Zula, our five month old Abyssinian kitten.
Years ago when we began our sailing adventure together, we subscribed to a blog, Bailey Boat Cat, fur baby to a live aboard young couple. Their antics were charming and engaging and we dreamed that one day we too could enjoy similar adventures. We couldn’t quite come to terms with how we would manage though on the days we weren’t on the boat, so put the thought aside.
Now that we have a camper, the time seemed right, found a local breeder of Abys and jumped right in. F and I both agree that after she has been with us a month now, vb`1zA this is the best and cheapest therapy any retired couple could ask for.
Zula is very social, adaptable and so very smart with boundless curiosity. Where we have our camper parked gives her the perfect view of Duck Pond.
She has a camping sleeping bag and although she hasn’t quite grabbed the concept of sleeping inside it, she seems to love the soft comfort.
Because we love to hike and bike ride, a cat harness and back pack were essential pieces of equipment. It expands to a tent-like set-up which she obviously loves.
My grandson was happy to help her acclimatize to the carrying in the pack so we hope outings will too be a smooth transition.
Part of why we chose the Aby was the understanding that they tend to love the water. This has proven to be a lot more challenging than I would have thought but I remain hopeful. She’s quite finicky and doesn’t like getting her feet wet.
She LOVES high places but it took her a while before she could jump onto the kitchen counter, something for which I was very thankful…but…one afternoon while I was preparing those CAMPING FOIL PACKS she succeeded, right at the point where I had two pieces of foil laid out, piled with dressed veggies and had just placed three little meatballs on top of each ready for the oven. With one bounding leap, her two front paws grabbed the edge of each piece of foil and down it all went…kitty and dinner and all.
There were a few very salty words spoken. Then I took a deep breath, scooped up the mess and started all over again. Who could stay mad at that sweet face? By the time we sat down to dinner, we had a good laugh at the incident realizing it was the first but definitely won’t be the last.
There is more to this post though than just kitty bragging my Galley Peeps. The recipe today screams summer, all fresh and so easy.
Shake up some vinaigrette to drizzle. Serve with a slice or two of good crusty bread. Grab a fork and dive in. This is perfect as a side for your grilled dinner or great all on its own as a light lunch. And that vinaigrette will be one you want to keep on hand all season long. So light and fresh tasting…and makes a great marinade for grilling chicken or fish too.
And before you go, here are more of our favourite Galley salads…
…peace and love…
Cantaloupe Prosciutto Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette
- 1/4 Cup champagne vinegar
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 Cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 canteloupe cut into slim slices
- 4 prosciutto slices
- 1/2 Cup gorgonzola cheese or other types of blue cheese
- 2 Cups salad greens loosely packed
- 1 Tbsp honey
- Place on ingredients in a small mason jar, place lid tightly and shake to combine and emulsify.
- Arrange melon slices and prosciutto on salad plate. Top with greens, crumble blue cheese over salad and drizzle lightly with vinaigrette.