The Marine Galley Kitchen- Basics & Beyond

cattails prepared for eating

What is a Galley Kitchen? What is needed, what is helpful, what is extra? This article is about provisioning our boat galley, kitchen, and pantry. That is to say, about the food, cooking utensils and ingredients that we consider basic to our cooking style, as well as some other items that we find convenient or fun. We love to cruise, we enjoy cooking, and we enjoy eating. Equipment for Cooking Our galley consists of a gimbaled 2 burner alcohol stove, sink, icebox, auxiliary butane “Ninja”…

Controlling Fear While Cruising

This article is a followup on my previous post about the virtues of logic and emotional control. I believe that fear is an ever present companion for people that choose a life of cruising. “Did I set the anchor properly? What is the weather doing? What if the winds pick up overnight? Is my anchor alarm working properly?” These are just a few of the fear based questions that makes me hesistate to adopt a cruising lifestyle. They are questions that consistently keep me up…

Fishing for Lingcod, Cypress Island Washington

Heading out to Cypress Island in Washington to one of our favorite Lingcod fishing holes. Fishing from a sailboat is challenge, but bottom fishing for Lingcod can be especially difficult. Ken and I have spent several years perfecting our style and have learned the best times and tides for us to fish for this wonderful fish. One of the places we make a point of visiting during the Lingcod fishing season, is at Cypress Island. There are several very productive holes around the Cone Islands…

Clamming Tools

This article helps explain the different clamming tools available to those who are interested in foraging for clams Clams were a staple food for the Native Americans who lived around the Puget Sound. Think about it. Clams can’t run away, they can be harvested dependably at every low tide, they can also be harvested without much effort, and they taste great. It makes just as much sense for modern people to harvest clams as it was for ancient peoples. However, modern clammers have many more…

Sea Cucumbers, Oysters, Cattails & other Wild Foods

Last weekend, Sherrie & I took off with no particular destination nor itinerary in mind. It was mid-May, Mother’s Day weekend and the weather was great. Multiple fishing and harvesting opportunities were present, with Ling Cod, Halibut, Shrimp, Clams & Oysters (check the red-tide hotline: http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/sf/biotoxin.htm ), Cabezon, and other seafoods available for the catching. Ok, our fishing luck was pretty poor, with a total of one nice rock cod (not allowable and thus released unharmed), and a few sea cumbers. Winds and tides were…

Harvesting Seaweed to Eat – Ulva Sea Lettuce

This article shows how to identify, harvest, dry, and cook with sea lettuce, an edible sea weed. Ulva sea lettuce is one of the most prevelant and easy to harvest wild seaweeds in the world. Like almost all edible sea vegetables, it’s easy to dry and store. It’s texture and color is similar to blanched spinach, and it’s completely tasteless if prepared correctly. Sea Lettuce Facts According to Pacific Feast, ulva sea lettuce is high in both protein and carbohydrates, fiber, and nutrients. It’s also…

Marine Refrigeration and Marine Wood Repairs

The repairs continue on the Rock ‘n Row! This post describes some of the repair work I’ve been doing lately to my boat, including the electrical system for our marine refrigeration and the installation of marine grade ply to stop a cold draft Over the last two months, I spent the majority of my free time installing a large solar off grid battery pack on my boat. This battery pack will primarily be responsible for powering an electric outboard motor, but it will also be…

Foraging for Wild Food: Fennel Fronds

This article shows how to identify, process, and store wild fennel. After collecting several fennel fronds, I blanched, dried, and vacuum packed the wild fennel for use in future dishes. I ran across a description of wild fennel in Pacific Feast several months ago and wondered what the heck they were. I had never heard of wild fennel, never seen it in a local field guide, and of course wondered what is fennel good for. However, I came across a tasty looking plant while walking…

Our love of the San Juan Islands; Passing it On.

Opening day of freshwater fishing and we had the grandkids out for some fun. We are fortunate to have three of our grandchildren living on Fidalgo Island with us. They are Daneil age 7, Darrin age 5, and Serenity age 4. Daneil and Darrin have become old salts on our sailboat having spent most every weekend last summer with us out sailing. Daneil really surprised me when he decided that he wanted to fish with my favorite light fishing pole (a christmas present from Ken)…

How to Prepare Black Beans for Vacuum Food Storage

This article describes how to store dried black beans for long term storage My wife and I eat a lot of black beans and rice. These two ingredients make up an universally tasty base to which almost any edible animal or vegetable can be added. A great snack is black bean and rice on a tortilla shell with some cheddar cheese. On the boat, we will often throw in some sea lettuce and chunks of sauteed greenling in with them. At home, we’ll dice up…

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