Friday, June 27, 2014

Something of a must read...

Here's a really good post over at Gin & Tacos on what tends to pass for food poisioning these days that anyone cruising or plans to cruise should read...

Nuff said.

Friday, June 20, 2014

a different kind of bread maker that certainly seems perfect for a galley...

Now, does this make sense on a boat or what?


The big question is whether or not it will fit inside my stove top oven...


 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

a book I must get and a couple I already have...

I'm not a huge fan of the add a can of this to a can of that school of cookbook writing... Fact of the matter is to put it bluntly I hate them.

Of course, most cookbooks of the cruising on a sailboat ilk are by and large full of add a can of this to a can of that recipes. Kind of bummer that.

It does not have to be that way...

One of the food blogs I read on a daily basis is Nourished Kitchen whose stated purpose is to revive traditional foods (which in my mind translates in real food).

I've never read a bad recipe on the blog which from me is say a lot. So it's not a real big surprise that I'm excited about the current cookbook "the Nourished Kitchen" by Jennifer McGruther...

More importanly all of the recipes in the book are actually a lot more boat and cruiser friendly than you'd expect. Fact is cooking with real ingredients is a lot easier than yopu've been told by folks who have a vested interest in selling you value added/overly processed products with highly inflated prices.

So yeah, "the Nourished Kitchen" is going to be a permanent fixture on my galley shelf.

Another new cookbook I recently bought is "The Homesick Texan's Family Table" by Lisa Fain and it is even better than her previous book
"The Homesick Texan's Cookbook" which is actually a a pretty impressive feat considering how good the first one is.

Not only a lot of good recipes but all are very boat friendly, simple, affordable, and very, very tasty.

Three books dealing with real food and not a single add a can of this to a can of that with an envelope of onion soup mix recipe anywhere...






Wednesday, June 11, 2014

for those of you who like to drink fizzy stuff...

I'm a big fan of carbonated beverages...

That said, I also know that most all soft drinks are bad for you, cost far too much money, and, if you're particular about the sort of soft drinks you like, hard to find in a lot of places we tend to travel to on boats.

You can brew your own of course. There's a lot to be said for home made ginger beer and suchlike but then a lot of folks find home brewing (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) somewhat problematic on a small boat.

A lot of cruisers are into SodaStream but researching them I found the cost of CO2 works out to something like 80-90 cents a liter (or more if you're like me and like highly carbonated beverages) plus there's the cost of syrups and suchlike which adds up. The real negative for me is that the SodaStream CO2 bottles are hard to find a lot of places and having them shipped can be prohibitively expensive.

Which is why I perked up when I read this article on how to build your own carbonation system with off the shelf parts and refillable just about anywhere you happen to be.

Check it out...



Saturday, May 31, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

a cure for anemic burners?

Anyone who's been around stoves on boats knows that burners on marine or camping stoves lean towards being anemic and it's often hard to get the needful temperature for searing or stir frying...

Serious Eats just had a very interesting post about a possible answer to our problem.

Color me excited...