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Making Our Galley Greener

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What started as a little grassroots movement in Western Australia in 2011 has grown into a global phenomenon. This year,Plastic Free July will see millions of people around the world pledge to be more aware of their plastic use and “ choose to refuse”. Plastic Free July is part of a strong push across Australia to reduce our use of plastics and with good reason.

“Virtually every piece of plastic ever manufactured still exists in some form today,” says Executive Director and Founder of the Plastic Free July Foundation, Rebecca Prince Ruiz. “Plastic, particularly single-use plastic or ‘throw-away’ plastic items, are not getting recycled effectively and are having a detrimental impact on our environment.”




The Single-Use Plastic Challenge The average plastic bag is used for just twelve minutes and the thrown out. The following 6 items are strictly designed for single use however they are easily swapped for alternatives. But there are so many hidden single use plastics that are part of ou…

Preserved Lemons

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At the Jan Powers Farmers Markets today I just could not go past the beautiful fresh lemons. These were brought in from the Granite Belt district by my favourite organic fruit and veg stall. I use lemons so much in cooking there is rarely a dish that hasn't been juiced, zested or peeled by lemon.
Preserved lemons are a tradition of Moroccan and Middle Eastern cookery that give a wonderfully aromatic piquancy to salsa, salads, fish, poultry or lamb. The combination of the acidic with the sweet in these dishes make them stand out in the taste spectrum.
Every home cook should know how to make preserved lemons and limes – they're the most straightforward and cheapest of all the preserves. You can make as many preserved lemons you like as they will last up to a year.  There is no need for refrigeration another plus when on a boat and if you have the space make up extra as gifts.  
Roughly3 large lemons will fit per 600ml sized jar. Use jars with vinegar proof lids as lemon juice will …

What Dreams Are Made Of - My MasterChef Experience

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MasterChef Australia© is one of the highest rating television programs in the country. It pitches amateur cooks against each other in a competition that is far more a developmental culinary journey than confrontational beat up based on artificial personalities found in many ‘reality’ programs. The 2019 Series launches this week .... MasterChef Australia
Given her passion for cooking, it’s not surprising that MasterChef is Karen’s favourite television show by far. Each season thousands of hopefuls apply for a place on the show. These are whittled down to just sixty or so in each State who get to actually cook for the producers as part of the audition process. In 2019 Karen was one of those select few. Below is her account of the adventure.

My MasterChef Australia© Experience
Wow wow wow! ... I never thought I would be standing in front of a bench in a commercial kitchen eyes riveted on a MasterChef Mystery Box but here I was. The day had started extremely early with a trip to my local Far…

DRUM ROLL ..... Delicious Food Afloat has been released.

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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…

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