Friday, June 23, 2017

See Recipes for the Sea Cook

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Galley Recipe of the Week

Peapatch Pesto
    Make this economical, flavor-filled pesto in a blender or food processor. It keeps up to a week in a well-chilled reefer.
10-ounce package frozen peas
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/3 cup toasted pecans or walnuts
1/3 cup olive oil
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
    Thaw peas and nuke 30 seconds or boil inute. Drain peas very well and pulse in the food processor or blender with the other ingredients to make a paste. This is enough for a pound of pasta (pass additional grated cheese), or use it a tablespoon at a time to liven warmed-up canned vegetables.
See the Potluck Recipe of the Week, easy enough to make in a small galley, at

Pantry Recipe of the Week
    Each week we provide a recipe that can be made with no fresh ingredients. A well-stocked pantry is good maritime insurance.
Sweet Bulgar Salad
    Drain the fruit well and save the juice to make rum punch.

½ cup bulgur
1 tablespoon diced,  dried onions
3/4 cup boiling water
15-ounce can fruit salad, diced peaches or gooseberries
½ cup diced water chestnuts, drained (optional)
½ teaspoon dried tarragon or dried dillweed
½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt, pepper
    Put the bulgur and onions in a bowl, add boiling water, cover and let steep 30 minutes.   Fold in remaining ingredients. Season to taste. Serves two as a main dish salad or fold it  in whole wheat tortillas to serve more. 

See a cookbook of recipes made only with pantry staples plus tips galore on how to plan and stow provisions for long-term use. Survival Food Handbook

Boat Cook Tips

    * If you drop an egg it's a slimy mess, difficult to clean up. Sprinkle generously with salt. Wait 10 minutes. Sweep up. If you break glass, sweep up large pieces, then go over the area with damp paper toweling to pick up tiny shards.

    * If you want to save that empty wine bottle but can’t remove stray scraps of cork inside, add a little ammonia. In a few days the cork will dissolve.

    * Lightly spray the inside of a dust pan with nonstick spray or duster spray (such as Pledge) and sweepings will not scatter.

    * Make a paste with instant coffee and water to make a temporary scratch remover in woods. Iodine always covers scratches in reddish woods such as mahogany.
Bonus Recipe
Iceberg Meltdown

    Use that extra head of lettuce to make a crispy-tender side dish to go with hot meat and potatoes from the transom grill.

1 firm head of lettuce, cut in chunks
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Salt, pepper

    Heat the canola oil in a large skillet or wok and sizzle the garlic, taking care not to burn it. Stir in the lettuce and keep stirring over high heat until the lettuce is limp. Sprinkle with sugar and drizzle with sesame oil. Stir. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve at once. Serves 4 to 6.

Homemade snacks are healthier, handier. Control portions when you portion them for your pocket and always have some on hand for beach combing, night watch, hiking ashore.  See the gorp of the week at CreateAGorp.

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