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BLUE CHEESE and ROASTED GARLIC PINWHEELS

BLUE CHEESE and ROASTED GARLIC PINWHEELS

My love affair with puff pastry continues. I made Cheese Straws with success (for recipe simply click on image) Next came my Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels, so easy and SO tasty (simply click on image for the recipe) Here’s another easy treat along the pinwheel line for your next Happy Hour using just 3 ingredients.   Two sheets of puff pastry, with a mix of roasted garlic and blue cheese. That’s it! Pure crispy, cheese heaven! BLUE CHEESE and ROASTED GARLIC…

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JALAPEÑO POPPER PINWHEELS

JALAPEÑO POPPER PINWHEELS

Quite often on the boat appetizers amount to opening up a can of something or tearing open a box of crackers or chips or opening a jar of olives. …still, when presented in an attractive fashion, you can make even the simplest look appealing. But when time allows, provisions are available and special guests expected, it’s so much fun putting in a little extra effort. These next little treats were surprisingly easy to make. Encouraged by the success of my…

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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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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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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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HALLOWEEN HAPPY HOUR

HALLOWEEN HAPPY HOUR

Now that we are back on land for the ‘pre-spring’ season (‘winter’ has been obliterated from our vocabulary) I’m bringing back Friday Happy Hour. It will be the one day each week when instead of Galley Kat making supper, we will enjoy snack-y type foods usually made in advance…. …and drinks of course. I saw a picture of a great Fall-inspired cheese ball on Pinterest and thought it the perfect Halloween Happy Hour treat… I pulled out my 60’s style…

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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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