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Mahina Tiare's crew enjoying a hearty soup

As I snuggle down in the depths of the Pacific NW winter I enjoy catching up on the news of fellow cruisers scattered about the planet but a recent from our dear friends Dorothy and Tom Wadlow on Joyant caught me by surprise. We'd last shared and anchorage together in Norway in 2007 along with a tasty introduction to tortilla soup and Dorothy and recipe featured in March 2008 Galley Essentials. The last I knew they of them they were cruising the US East Coast so news on their exploration of the Patagonian fjords caught me by surprise.

We had Joyant launched 2 days after arriving in PuertoMont, Chile and after a week of commissioning and provisioning we headed south. Our cruise took us 350 "crow" miles south, which with diversions will be more than 1,000 total actual miles round trip. We sailed south along the east side of the Gulf of Ancud inside ChiloeIsland, across the Boca del Guafo and then inside another archipelago to the Laguna San Rafael and back. On the northbound portion we stayed west and visited different places. San Rafael is a national park, the site of the largest Chilean tidewater glacier. It was nice to be back in the ice again - Joyant's 6th season in ice strewn waters.

Along the way we have had many interesting experiences. One has been using shore tie lines in addition to our anchor as due to the often windy, deep, and narrow harbors it is frequently necessary to tie to shore for safe mooring. And then there is rapidly changing weather. I guess you could say it's like Seattle but with wind and real rain, not the drizzle they get. Actually it has not been that bad-or maybe you just get used to it. Most of our nights were spent in areas with little or no sign of civilization. We were the only cruising boat in 100% of our anchorages.

The most challenging and rewarding of our wilderness adventures was KentIsland. The entrance to a large interior waterway is through two tide gates and that turned out to be a bit sketchy as the whole area is uncharted. From the anchorage it's a ¼ mile hike to a sandy beach open to the Pacific. To mark the path, cruisers have hung bottles with their boat and crew information on a paper inside. We, of course, followed the practice with the wine bottle from the night before. It's certainly an interesting spot for bird watching as where else can you see penguins and parrots in the same anchorage?

Joyant's travelogue had me reminiscing of our own Patagonian adventures. Sailing to Cape Horn in 1994 was my first season of temperate expeditions and I quickly learnt that hearty soups were a welcome lunch. I've since honed my soup-making skills and on our recent inside passage trip to Alaska and back as our crew were nearly mutinying on days when a piping hot soup was not on the menu. As there is most often a leftover to use I never make soups the exact recipe but the following recipes are a great start to warm any soul on a chilly day.

Lentil Soup with Prosciutto

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup prosciutto - shredded
1 onion - diced
1 rib celery - diced
1 carrot - diced
1 14.5oz can whole tomatoes with juice - crushed
1 cup French green lentils - rinsed and drained
4 cups chicken stock
3-inch piece Parmesan rind
salt and freshly ground pepper
freshly grated Parmesan

In a large soup pot, add butter, olive oil, prosciutto and onions. Cook until onions are golden. Add carrots and celery; cook 3minutes. Add tomatoes and their juice, simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add lentils, stock, Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until lentils are very tender, about 30 minutes. Remove Parmesan rind and serve with grated Parmesan. Serves 4-6.

Leek and Blue Cheese Soup

3 large leeks - thinly sliced
¼ cup unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 oz crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon black pepper
6 cups chicken stick
½ cup diced scallions
additional blue cheese

In a large soup pot melt butter and olive oil. Add leeks and sauté 10minutes. Add blue cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Slowly add flour, stirring constantly until absorbed. Add mustard and black pepper. Add stock and bring to a boil while stirring. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve garnished with blue cheese and scallions.

Pressure Cooker Spicy Pinto Bean and Ham Soup

1 cup pinto beans - soaked overnight
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion - diced
1½ cups diced ham
1 14-oz can diced tomatoes and juice
4 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 can diced green Anaheim chilies
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
scallions - diced

Drain beans and add to pressure cooker with 3 cups water and 2 teaspoons olive oil. Bring to pressure and cook 8 minutes. Release pressure and drain beans into a colander. Clean pressure cooker and place on stove. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil and saute onions until soft. Add cumin and chilies, cook 2 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, and stock. Bring to pressure and cook 3 minutes. Release pressure, add cilantro and serve soup garnish with scallions. Serves 4.

A fast-disappearing ginger carrot soup

Ginger Carrot Soup

3 tablespoons olive oil
6 large carrots - chopped
2 shallots - chopped
4 cloves garlic - chopped
2 cups vegetable stock
2 cups water
1 tablespoon grated ginger
3 pinches saffron threads
1 tablespoon chopped carrot greens or parsley
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper

In a large soup pot sauté shallots and carrots in olive oil for 10 minutes. Add garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Add remaining ingredients, bring all to a boil then lower heat and simmer, covered, 25 minutes. Remove bay leaf and puree.

Thai Grilled Corn Soup

2 cups vegetable broth
1 14-oz. can of light coconut milk
1 tablespoon red curry paste
2 ears of fresh corn - shucked and grilled, kernels removed from the cob
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon Tamari soy sauce
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
fresh cilantro
fresh red hot Thai chili pepper - thinly sliced

In a soup pot over medium heat combine broth, coconut milk, and curry; simmer 2 minutes. Add corn and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat, add lime juice, zest, Tamari and salt. Serve garnished with cilantro and chili pepper. Serves 4.

galley jan 2015


Located halfway between Tonga and the Cook Islands the small island of Niue has led itself to being a nation all of their own, mainly due to its remoteness and cultural differences from its Polynesian neighbors. When approaching from sea Niue looks flat with coral limestone cliffs that resemble ‘Swiss cheese'. The island is approximately 45 miles in circumference around a central forested plateau and you'll not find long white sandy beaches but small secluded sandy coves nestled in between turquoise grottoes that lead to a rugged fringing reef. Local's affectionately call Niue "The Rock" and welcome visitors to their small paradise.

A weekly potluck is hosted by the Niue Yacht Club which meets at Niue Backpackers hostel and it's a fun time mixing with locals, visitors and cruisers. At a recent potluck I was chatting with an interesting chap about his bee keeping. When I asked him numerous questions, Cory inquired why I was interested in bees and I explained that although I'd never kept bees I'd always held a fascination of them. He mentioned that they were currently having a working party at his apiary and asked if I'd like to help.

On arrival at the Niue Honey Company I was kitted out in an oversized bee-keeping outfit and went to work with Cory and Matthew inspecting three hives that had recently been discovered in the forest. Cory bought the Niue Honey company 14 years ago and although it was established in 1960 the hives had long since been abandoned. His first job, with the help of locals, was to set about finding the 200 or so hives that were scattered about the islands forest and survey the health of the bees. The bees are Italian Yellow honey bees and fortunately there are no signs of European Foulbrood, Colony Collapse Disorder or Varroa and Tracheal mites nor has insecticides, antibiotics or antifungal agents been used. The bees gather from the wild flowers of coconut palms and other forest flora, including the medicinal shrub noni, creating a 100% pure, raw, natural amber liquid honey. Cory and his small team have increased the number of hives from 230 to 1,000 and currently produce 25 tons of honey annually.

    Bees are crucial to the reproduction and diversity of flowering plants. They pollinate more than 130 fruit, vegetable, and seed crops we rely on; that's about one third of our diet. Cory views his mission at Niue Honey more than a money making venture; it's a duty to help save the world's honey bees. Working with the local community and in part helped by Niue's isolation Cory is creating a stronghold of healthy honey bees. Along those lines Mark L. Winston's new book "Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive" is a fascinating read while the 2010 documentary film Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? directed by Taggart Siegel is eye opening.

Sadly bee numbers are declining worldwide so here's some ways you can help.

Stop using insecticides
Encourage the planting of bee-friendly plants and natural habit gardens
•Create a water source in your yard for pollinators
•Go organic Support your local beekeepers.

I thoroughly enjoyed helping out on the hives and in exchange I was given some wonderful honey that inspired the following recipes.

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Inspecting a bee hive under the watchful eye of Cory and Matthew

Honey and Date Granola

3 cups rolled oats
½ cup flax seed
1/3 cup honey
¼ cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon each of nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves, allspice and salt
¼ cup pecans
½ cup dates - pitted and chopped
½ cup golden/Inca berries

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together oats and flax seeds. In a small bowl whisk spices together. In a saucepan over medium heat melt together coconut oil, honey and maple syrup. Whisk in spice mixture. Combine wet ingredients with oats. Spread granola mix onto a baking sheet and bake 30 minutes adding pecans in the last 5 minutes. Remove from oven and mix in dried fruit.

Baked Honey-Marinated Fish

4 6-oz white fish fillets
¾ cup honey
½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup toasted sesame seed oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1½ teaspoons freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger

Combine all ingredients (except for fish) in a medium dish. Add cod and marinate 24 hours, turning fish after 12 hours. Remove fish, place on baking sheet covered in parchment paper and bake at 450° F for 10 minutes until fish is opaque and easily flakes. Serve with brown rice and steamed vegetables.

Lemon-Honey Lamb Stir-Fry

1 lb green beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 lbs boneless lamb shoulder - sliced
1 red onion - sliced
2 red bell peppers - sliced
2 tablespoons honey
juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup fresh cilantro - chopped
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
salt and fresh ground pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add beans and blanch 2 minutes. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add lamb and stir fry until browned. Set aside. Add onions and bell pepper and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add beans and cook 2 minutes. Return lamb, add the honey, lemon juice, cilantro, sesame seeds, salt and pepper. Stir-fry until honey coats the ingredients, about 2 minutes. Garnished with cilantro and serve with wild rice. Serves 6.

Moroccan Chicken with Honey and Apricots

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion - chopped
4 chicken breasts - diced
1 teaspoon Ras el Hanout
1 teaspoon harissa sauce
1 tablespoons honey
½ cup dried apricots - diced
½ cup sliced almonds
6 carrots - cut into chunks
1 15-oz can chickpeas - drained
3 celery stalks - chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
½ cup white wine or chicken broth
salt and pepper

In a large pot over medium heat sauté onion in oil. Add next eleven ingredients and heat through. Deglaze with wine. Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked; about 30 minutes. Season to taste. Garnish with sliced almonds and cilantro and serve with couscous. Serves 4.

Honey Baked Plums

1 1/8 lbs plums - halved and stoned
1 vanilla pod
1 cinnamon stick
3/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Greek yoghurt and walnuts - for serving

Preheat oven to 360°F. Arrange plums in an oven dish, skin side down. Slice vanilla pod and remove seeds. Mix seeds with orange juice, honey and ground cinnamon. Pour mix over plums and add vanilla pod a nd cinnamon stick. Bake 25 miutes. Serve with yoghurt and nuts. Serves 4.


This month's Galley Essentials is from my friend Dorothy.

In 2000 my husband, Steve, and I launched Adagio, our 52' sailing catamaran, designed by Gino Morrelli and Pete Melvin. Adagio is an Italian musical term meaning slow and graceful. Although Adagio is fast over the water, she represents the pas de deux in ballet, danced to Adagio music, in which strength, skill and hard work result in creating the illusion of grace and beauty. We've been cruising the Pacific for fourteen years and last year we cruised from New Zealand to New Caledonia and back. This year we're sailing back to Alaska then Seattle to visit family and you're welcome to view our adventures at

Steve and I had tried tennis, golf, etc., and found that we both enjoyed sailing together the best. We raced monohulls for many years beginning in 1970, and chartered in different countries. After every yacht charter we wanted to continue sailing rather than go back home so we knew that we wanted to go cruising. We attended the Mahina Offshore Cruising Seminar and I sailed aboard Mahina Tiare on a very exciting passage from New Zealand to Tahiti in 1998.

I'm pretty easy going, a bit nerdy, outdoorsy and I love to cook so we designed Adagio's "U"-shaped galley so that I will have everything that I need at hand while I am cooking. Our goal is to have healthy, gourmet meals using the least amount of electricity, water and time to prepare. The galley is located in the main salon, surrounded 360 degrees by windows, for enjoying the view and helping keep watch. There's double sinks, a two-burner stove top, microwave/convection oven under the counter, refrigerator and dishwasher.

I do the provisioning and cooking, Steve does the washing up unless he's in the middle of repairing boat gear. When we have friends aboard, a second person is a welcome help in making more extensive meals. We're eating more fruits, vegetables, eggs and fish, and less meat so a large wok, with a screen spatter lid and a glass lid for steaming, has become my most frequently used pot. My recipes have become simpler - no more than 5 or 6 ingredients as I can't be bothered measuring out 6 kinds of spices for one main dish.

Quick Jambalaya with Smoked Chicken

3 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion - sliced
1 green pepper - sliced
5 cloves garlic - chopped
1 cup long grain rice
1½ inches of chorizo sausage - sliced
2 cups chicken broth - hot
12 oz cooked smoked chicken breast - diced

Heat oil in a pan, add the onion and pepper, sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic, chorizo and rice, cook 3 minutes. Add broth, ½ cup at a time, waiting until ingredients are simmering before adding more. Cover and simmer until the rice is cooked, 15 minutes then add chicken. Serves 4.

Brussels Sprouts Medley

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. brussels sprouts - cut in half
3 carrots - cut in half lengthwise then sliced into half-moons
4 garlic cloves - chopped
1 onion - sliced
1/3 cup pitted olives
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 14-oz can crushed tomatoes with juices
½ cup chicken broth

In a large wok over high heat heat olive oil and saute all ingredients, except tomatoes and broth 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and broth, cover and reduce heat to medium. Stir after 3 minutes. Continue steaming vegetables until the brussels sprouts are tender but still crisp.

When provisioning we try to find the freshest fruits and vegetables and non-refrigerated eggs, next is the leanest meat containing no bones. In preparation for a passage I make dukkah, Kalamata olive dip, biscotti, cookies, and maybe an apple cake along with soups and stews which I freeze. We make ice cream, use milk powder to make yoghurt and also fish on passages. I've had a couple of provisioning mishaps due to translation. In New Caledonia I unintentionally came home with lamb's brains and in Yugoslavia I selected five bottles of apple juice because of the label picturing apples, so thankfully the cashier asked if I intended to buy five bottles of vinegar.

Apple Cake

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups canola oil
3 large eggs
2 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon dark rum
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 apples - peeled, cored and diced
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup whole almonds

Preheat oven to 350°F, butter and flour a 12-cup bundt pan. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a larger bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, rum, and vanilla. Fold in flour mix then apples, cranberries and almonds. Bake until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean, about 1¼ hours. Serve plain or with a rum sauce and whipped cream.

Thai Fish Cakes

1½ tablespoons bottled fish sauce
1 egg
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seed oil
1 lb. white fish fillets - cut into 1-inch chunks
1 onion - sliced
3 garlic cloves - minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger - minced
½ teaspoon fresh chopped chilies
1 teaspoon white flour
fresh chopped cilantro
canola oil to cook the cakes

In a large bowl, combine fish sauce, pepper and egg. Heat sesame seed oil in a wok or frying pan and sauté onion, garlic and ginger until onion is transparent. Add fish and chili sauce, cook until fish is nearly cooked. Remove from heat and slowly stir in flour. Add fish mix to egg mix and blend, preferably with an electric hand mixer wand, until well-mixed but still chunky, add cilantro. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok. Using 1/3 cup measure form fish cakes and cook them both sides until light brown. Remove to a pre-heated plate and serve with Thai cucumber sauce.

Thai Cucumber Sauce

1 cucumber - seeds removed and diced small
1/3 cup mirin (sweet cooking rice wine)
4 tablespoon white vinegar
1/3 cup fresh cilantro - chopped
1/3 cup chopped green onions
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon garlic - minced
1 tablespoon ginger - minced
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seed oil
1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
Combine all ingredients.

My advice to you is cook what you enjoy eating. I have a good appetite at sea which helps inspire me to use what needs to be eaten. Be adventurous. I love to cook for other people and provision with food to share. A nice way to repay people who do you a favor is to bake them something or invite them for a meal. For more recipes tips and tricks sail on to

galley essentials april 2015 

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Visiting with Erin at his Hilo Sharks Chocolate stall

My first encounter with a cacao pod was on the island of Samoa. The large red almond shaped pod streaked with orange, brown sat on a market table alongside coconuts, limes bananas and taro. Not recognizing pod I asked the stall holder what it was. She instantly called out in Samoan to her neighboring stall owner who then promptly swung a large machete out from under the table. The pod was deftly tossed across the gap to a large waiting hand where it received two swift blows that cracked it open. A half pod was handed to me and I was gazed at a huddle of around 25 beans, each swaddled in a white pulp, erupting from the pod. I was none the wiser until in unison the Samon's said "Koko" with big smiles on their faces and made a drinking motion with their hands. Ah, my first introduction to the source of chocolate!

The history of chocolate dates back millennia although its original form was not what we crave today. Cacao grew in the understory of the rainforest of the northern Amazon where the Olmec's began to cultivate it producing a beverage used in rituals and to fortify solders. Highly valued, cacao, called xocoalt by the Mesoamerican, became a currency that was traded northward. The Mayans decorated urns with images of the pods, drank the bitter liquid hot while the Aztecs used cacao in numerous ways, the most common being grinding the beans and adding chili to create spices such as the mole sauce we know. It was the cacao drink that made the biggest impression on the European conquerors who introduced it to the Spain court where they discovered that adding sugar, vanilla and cinnamon made it a fine drink.

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Hilo Sharks Chocolate: cacao pod, beans, nibs and chocolate

In 1847, Joseph Fry discover the magical elixir of chocolate; mix some melted cacao butter back into "Dutched" cocoa powder, to create a paste that could be pressed into a mold. Since then it's been produced the world over, taking on a cachet similar to wine. Whatever your taste I recently chatted with Erin from Hilo Sharks Chocolate, Hawaii and discovered it's a complex journey from bean to bar. Sharks cacao beans are removed from the harvested pods by hand and placed into buckets to ferment for a week to optimize their flavor. Then they're sundried on a rack for up to ten days before being roasted to draw out their properties. The next process it to send them through the "Crackenstein", a homemade device that splits and crushes the beans into nibs; the building blocks of chocolate. Placed into a mélange the nibs are spun at and melded, to a temperature of 115°F, with cocoa butter, sugar and vanilla added for flavor. Five pounds of nibs ultimately yields thirty ounces of chocolate. The final step is tempering: cooling then raising the chocolates temperature to allow controlled crystallization, giving the bars the perfect snap factor.

You may need to be an alchemist to craft your own chocolate but not so to create the following delectable recipes.

Chocolate Buckwheat Pancakes

1 oz. dark chocolate - grated
1 1/3 cups buckwheat or spelt flour
1 large egg
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
unsalted butter - melted, as needed

Place all the pancake ingredients (except butter) in a blender or food processor and process until a smooth, thick batter is formed. Leave the batter to rest 10 minutes. Heat a large frying pan until hot and grease with butter. Spoon 1/4-cup portions of batter into pan, cook over medium heat until bubbles appear pancake surface, carefully flip and cook 2 minutes.

Strawberry Salsa with Chocolate Nibs

6 large strawberries - chopped
½ cup sweet onion - finely chopped
2 ½ tablespoons fresh mint - minced
1 ½ tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoon chocolate nibs
2 teaspoon agave nectar
1 teaspoon finely chopped dried ancho chili
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon fresh pepper

Combine all the ingredients and chill 30 minutes. Serve with chevre and crackers.

Spicy, Smoky, Cacao Nibs Rub

4 tablespoons cacao nibs
2 teaspoons hot red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon ground allspice
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, spice grinder, or mortar and pestle. Grind until the nibs break into particles the size of large grains of sand. Store in a tightly covered jar for up to 1 month.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Mole

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 garlic cloves - minced
2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce - minced
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 ½ cups chicken broth
1 15oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup raisins
¼ cup almond butter
2 lbs. boneless-skinless chicken thighs
1 onion – diced
1 red bell pepper - diced
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
In pressure cooker heat 2 tablespoons of oil, add chili powder, cocoa, garlic, chipotle, cinnamon, and cloves; cook 30 seconds. Stir in broth, tomatoes, raisins and almond butter; simmer 5 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth, about 30 seconds. Meanwhile, in a small frying pan sauté onion in remaining oil 5 minutes. Add onion and chicken to the pressure cooker. Bring to pressure over medium-high heat, reduce heat and cook at pressure 15 minutes. Remove from heat and release pressure. Transfer chicken to bowl and shred meat. Meanwhile, bring sauce to a simmer, add red pepper and cook 10 minutes. Return chicken and stir to combine. Serve in bowls with rice and top with fresh cilantro.

Raw Energy Bite

1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup of almond butter
½ cup ground flaxseed
½ cup cocoa nibs
¼ cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
raw sliced almonds for garnish
Mix all ingredients together (except sliced almonds) until everything is well incorporated. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Spoon out a heaping tablespoon at a time and roll into a ball. Repeat until all of the mixture is used. Top with raw sliced almonds.

Bourbon Chocolate Sauce

½ cup half & half
2 tablespoons brown sugar
¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup bourbon
In a small saucepan, combine half & half and brown sugar. Heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and half & half starts to bubble. Remove pan from the heat. Add chocolate chips and vanilla to a glass bowl. Pour hot half & half mixture over the chocolate. Stir vigorously until smooth. Stir in bourbon.

May Galley Essentials

I first met Jayne and Mike in 2000 when they attended our Annapolis Offshore Cruising Seminar. Now they're bona fide cruisers with a series of DVD's and boat show lectures on cruising the Down East Circle. Here's Jayne's view of galley life

We sail a 1978 Niagara 35 with the classic layout. She's always been named Phantasia II and although we've thought of other names we've never got around to changing it but we do call her Phanty. Mike grew up in Vancouver and has been sailing since he was a child but I've only been sailing 15 years. I was attracted to sailing by the freedom, I'm an exploratory person but not reckless. Our cruising plan is to continue exploring Newfoundland, Labrador and the Gulf of St Lawrence then perhaps cross to Ireland and Europe.

Our galley is the classic Niagara layout: on center line there's a deep double sink and counter with drawers below and an extra flip-up counter forward. Opposite the passage way is a gimbaled stove, fridge and counter. There's closed slider door storage above on both sides. The fridge is divided with one side colder than the other but it has a single, heavy, well-insulated lid which we're planning to also divide then I won't have to move everything off the counter to access the fridge.

We carry a number of thermoses, including wide-mouth, to have hot food and drinks ready underway. As we currently only cruise on short passages we don't do any special provisioning other than stock lots of basics although we make up zip-lock bags with dried fruit, crackers and cheese, crunchy (not soft and sweet) granola bars keeping sweet, rich and oily snacks to a minimum. We like to explore the places we visit, shopping the local markets and enjoying the best local food available especially fresh fish. When fresh salad fixings can't be obtained I utilize my sprouter.

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Mike making pizza

We share the cooking and cleaning but it's mostly my responsibility. Mike loves to make pizza and bread and as a birthday gift I gave him a bread-making course at our local heritage bakery. My first and favorite cookbook is Cruising Cuisine: Fresh Food from the Galley, by Kay Pastorius. We also use iPad cooking apps saving recipes and looking up new ones when there is an opportunity. Mike uses the New York Times app and follows "Roberta's Pizza Dough", it's a great recipe to make on a chilly day at anchor.

We're lousy fishers and I once told a Newfoundland fisherman that we were having trouble finding fish to buy. He dashed off saying, "My love, we can't have you without a proper scoff of fish" and returned 15 minutes later with stuffed crabs, fresh cod, salt-cod, cods tongues and frozen moose meat. He then proceeded to demonstrate how to cook cod's an acquired taste. Unfortunately it was more than we could use before the fridge started to smell like an old fish dock. I did make moose stew; not a lot different to beef but with much less fat, a richer flavor and texture, and of course it's organic!

The most memorable meal of our travels has to be the Bouillibaisse at Auberge William Wakeham, in the town of Gaspé, Quebec or lobster ravioli in Quebec City or perhaps the seafood salad in Havre, St. Pierre in the Mingan Archipelago, Quebec.

My advice to you is "YOLO" - You only live once, so try new things when the opportunity is there.

Crab Nicoise

For each plate - on a bed of torn lettuce arrange steamed green beans, asparagus or yellow beans, sliced tomatoes and halved pitted-olives. Thin-sliced radish and cucumber can be a nice addition. Around the edge add chunks of firm-cooked potatoes and quartered hard-boiled egg. The piece-de-resistance...piled high crab meat but this could also be shrimp, freshly grilled tuna or salmon or in a pinch canned tuna. Drizzle with a vinaigrette and garnish with parsley and black pepper.

Traditional Salt-cod Cakes

Purchased in a vacuum-sealed bag and kept cool, without refrigeration, salt-cod can last almost indefinitely. Salt-cod must be well soaked, preferably overnight, to remove the most of the salt; put in a sealable bowl, cover with fresh water; drain off and replace water, repeating several times.

1lb salt-cod pieces - soaked
3 potatoes - peeled and halved
1 onion - diced
¼-cup butter
1 egg - beaten
2 teaspoons savory or tarragon
ground black pepper to taste
½ cup buckwheat flour or panko crumbs

In a saucepan, cover cod with water and simmer 15 minutes. Drain and break up into small pieces. Boil potatoes until soft, drain, then mash. Saute onion in butter until golden. In large bowl combine all the ingredients and make into cakes. Roll cakes on flour and refrigerate. Cook in oil until golden on each side. Serve sprinkled with chives and a condiment of mayonnaise with mustard and lemon juice added. Makes 2-dozen but bite-size make a great appetizer.

Fresh Berry Galette

We pack a sealable container when we're out hiking in late summer for picking wild blueberries, raspberries, partridge berries or bakeapples (cloudberries).

2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup cold butter - diced
¼ cup cold water
1 pint berries
¼ cup sugar
1½ teaspoons cornstarch
¼ cup milk

Whisk sugar into flour then work in butter until crumbly with pea-like texture. Gradually mix in water until combined but not wet. Gather into a ball, sprinkle flour onto a surface and roll into about a 12" circle, transfer to cookie sheet and chill. Mix together berries, sugar and cornstarch. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spoon berries onto pastry leaving a 2" edge. Fold and crimp edge up and over berries leaving an open center. Brush edge with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 45 minutes.

Seafood Stew

2lbs white fish - diced
meat from 2 cooked lobsters
1lb shrimp
2lbs mussels and/or clams
½ cup olive oil
1 onion - chopped
1 bell pepper - chopped
3 cloves garlic - minced
1 28-oz can tomatoes
2 cups white wine
2 cups stock
1 14-oz can of green beans with liquid
salt and pepper to taste

Steam mollusks in two cups of water until they just open. Strain and reserve cooking broth. In a large pot, sauté onions and pepper in olive oil until soft. Add garlic, sauté 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients except fish and seafood, simmer 20 minutes. Add fish, cover and cook 5 minutes. Add seafood and heat until shrimp are just cooked, 3 minutes. Garnished with parsley and serve with crusty bread. Serves 6-8.

To read more of Jayne's and Mike's adventures visit

Galley essentials June 2015
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During my first visit to Samoa I became fascinated with the local fabric block printing, a modern take on the traditional tapa cloth made from bark. I also discovered a vibrant gallery in downtown Apia called Plantation House that sold a wonderful array of hand block textiles. A few years later when we I returned I was sad to find they were no longer there. I stopped by the visitor's center and they said that Marita was now at her plantation house on the outskirts of town and would I like her leaflet. I explained to John that I'd love to visit the gallery and he turned that leaflet over and read the other side. What's high tea? He asked.

I explained that high tea is what the English traditionally call afternoon tea; a posh tea drinking party where you nibble away on a dainty treats and stick out your pinky finger as you lift your tea cup. "Oh good, let's go!" exclaimed John. "It says here each Wednesday, High Tea at the plantation will be served; exquisite bone china, delicious morsels, lush garden surrounding and hats optional."

Marita greeted us after we'd travelled the long palm lined driveway that lead to the colourful tropical gardens of an old plantation house. She explained that the house was the gallery which we were welcome to visit after our high tea that was to be served in the small traditional Samoan open sided thatched building called a fale. Billie Holiday softly played as we sat at our picture perfect table set with fine English china atop a hot pink hand blocked Plantation House tablecloth. A two-tiered china tray appeared laden with savories and tea cakes followed by a plate of mini quiches and a basket that held warm scones wrapped in a crisp embroidered napkin. The accompaniments were whipped cream, lemon curd and strawberry preserve. We chose a garden fresh lemon grass tea followed by a subtle lapsang souchong and after a few sips we began to unwind and take in our surroundings.

I had assumed the other tea takers would be tourists but to our left was a lively party of young Samoan ladies celebrating the visit of an old friend and the round table had a group of women work colleagues who annually enjoy high tea together. John was not to be the only male as the far corner table held two distinguished gentlemen deep in conversation. As our final decadent treats were served, rum balls and sherry, Marita joined us for a chat telling us stories of the china pieces on our table. She'd started a china collection when her husband was studying for his doctorate in the U.S. before he was appointed ambassador to the UN. Wondering what to do with a tropical house full of china she decided to serve high tea. I discreetly asked if she knew who the distinguished Samoan gentlemen in the corner were and she exclaimed "Oh that's my husband Felix and one of his former students".

Needless to say we ended our tea with a wander around the gallery and if you're in need of tropical inspiration may I suggest a visit to PlantationHouseSamoa on Facebook, or perhaps if you wish to create your own High Tea follow one of these recipes.

Smoked Salmon on Pumpernickel

¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon minced green onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
1 tablespoon capers
1 teaspoon horseradish
pepper to taste
2 teaspoons butter
8 slices pumpernickel bread
4-6 slices smoked salmon
12 thin cucumber slices

In a small bowl combine first 6 ingredients. Spread butter thinly over pumpernickel then mayonnaise mix. Divide salmon and cucumber over 4 slices of pumpernickel; top with remaining bread. Cut each sandwich into fourths.

Spinach and Cheddar Mini Quiches: pie crust

3/4 cup frozen chopped spinach - thawed
2 oz cheddar cheese - grated
4 eggs
½ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives

Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough, cut rounds with a biscuit cutter. Press rounds into a non-stick mini muffin pan and poke holes in the bottom with a fork. Bake 7 minutes, remove from oven and reduce heat to 325°F. Squeeze excess water out of spinach, chop and divide into each crust followed by cheese. Beat eggs and whisk in remaining ingredients. Pour egg mix into crusts. Bake 20 minutes.

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chilled butter
1 beaten egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 egg beaten for wash
1 tablespoon heavy cream for wash

In a large bowl combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter until butter pieces are pea size. Add zest and poppy seeds. In a small bowl combine cream, egg, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and mix until liquid is absorbed. Remove from bowl and knead until it holds together. Pat dough in to a 7″ x 1½ ″ thick circle. Cut into 8 triangles and place on greased cookie sheet. For wash whisk egg and cream together and brush over scones. Bake 375°F for 15 minutes.

Butterfly Cakes

3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1¾ cups sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
raspberry jam
1 cup heavy whipping cream - whipped
powdered sugar

Prepare cupcake tins with paper liners. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl beat together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, then half flour mix, half the buttermilk then another egg. Add remaining milk, egg, flour and vanilla. Half fill cupcakes. Bake 25 minutes at 350°F. Once cool decorate by cutting out the center of each cake, angling the knife at 45º, then cut the pieces in half to resemble butterfly wings. Place a dollop of jam followed by cream in the cavity then position "wings" on top. Dust with powdered sugar.

Rum Truffles

3.52 oz 50% dark chocolate - finely chopped
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
1½ tablespoons butter at room temperature
2 tablespoons rum
¼ cup cocoa powder
finely chopped roasted hazelnuts
coconut flakes

Combine chocolate and butter. In a saucepan bring cream to a boil then mix into chocolate, add rum. Chill 4 hours. Scoop large tablespoonful of ganache and shape into balls. Roll truffles in cocoa and place on the baking tray lined with paper. Chill then transfer to a sealed container for storage. Serve at room temperature.

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