"We eat very well on Our Dreamtime but I'm not about slaving away in the galley for hours to feed the crew. I would rather be sitting with a sundowner in hand with everyone else than spending hours at the stove top.
In this blog I show how I go about just that and include plenty of tips and recipes all of which I have cooked in our galley.” - Karen
Have we mentioned we like to eat well? That includes indulgences such as nice snacks with sundowners and the occasional naughty desert.
Karen will soon be publishing another volume of the Our Galley e-book series containing a huge range of her favourite snack and desert recipes. Meanwhile scroll down to see some of her suggestions. Click on any image to see larger versions.
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
Bacon and Egg Fillos great for breakfast, lunch or a snack.
When living in small places like a yacht we need to be inventive when it comes to our storage solutions. On many occasions we need to store goods that will last us for many months while we cruise remote areas. Yachts have very awkward storage shapes and sizes that don't ever seem to be square. But if we are creative in how we use these spaces we can surprisingly fit an amazing amount of items. The key is to stay organised with a system so you remember where and when items were stored.
1.Roll instead of fold. In a home that hasn't got one square cupboard, folding towels and fitted sheets into these spaces is a chore in itself. So why not roll your linens? Just as it does in a suitcase, the rolling method creates more space and you do not have to worry about these items not fitting correctly. We store them grouped together eg: Vberth, aft cabin. 2.Did we mention baskets? Placing like items in baskets will add extra space to every shelf. Also, placing small items in a basket or an u…
Food preservation is to prevent the growth of microorganisms, or other microorganisms, as well as slowing the oxidation of fats that cause rancidity. You can preserve foods inexpensively by using canning, freezing, vacuum sealing or drying techniques. Modern-day food preservation methods, such as water-bath canning, help you can and preserve with ease. We use a number of different techniques on Our Dreamtime. You will find as I that some techniques work better than others depending on your situation at the time. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean I wouldn't use the dehydrator as we don't have the power source but iI might can or make a jam out of the amazing chilli I just picked up at the markets.
These are 10 easy ways you can preserve food on your boat
1. Canning. There are two ways to can your food. The first is a water bath method, which is used for acidic fruits, jams, jellies, syrups, and pickling. Water bath canning is immersing canning jars with food in a bath of boil…
Last weekend Karen presented at the annual Women Who Sail Conference “Gathering on the Bay”. This latest book is all about enjoying great food while making galley life easier afloat. It comes down to clever meal planning and once the art is mastered you will save, time, money and a whole lot of frustration. It will also help you eat a delicious, healthy, balanced diet. Your crew will stop viewing meal times onboard as passage rations and instead enjoy "Delicious Food Afloat".
Whether it is a month long passage or a weekend away or coping with a busy lifestyle at home, the tips and recipes Karen shares in her latest book will help you to enjoy, rather than dread your time in the kitchen. "Delicious Food Afloat" encourages the reader to forward plan their food with great choices for all the conditions without compromising on quality or flavour.
There are a whole range of recipes for people on the go, Karen says "You don’t have to be sailing the seven seas to enj…