On this page Karen will share some of her recipes and tips on cooking in a small kitchen. if you want to see more about her cooking on a boat check out Our Galley. Don’t forget to subscribe to get the latest recipes.
Sourdough Fig Sliders
Sliced Fresh Sourdough lightly grilled one side, turn over in pan add fresh sliced figs, sliced double camembert drizzle with Maple Bourbon Balsamic, place lid on pan, cook until sourdough is grilled and Camembert is gooey and warm. Plate with more balsamic and sprinkle with pistachio and thyme dakkah. Serve with chilled champagne….
Quick and Easy Nachos
1 packet of Corn chips
1 packet of Dehydrated mince
1 can of corn
1 can of 4 bean mix
1 jar of salsa
3 tbs of Our Galley Taco Spice mix
1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 block of cheddar grated
1 tbs of jarred jalapeños chopped
Options to serve
Let’s get Cooking
Make up mince as directed on packet adding the spice mix as you go. In your on stove pan or in your over pan add a little oil and wipe pan over with paper-towel. Heat pan to low/medium or oven to medium. Add mince to pan, creating a hole in middle like a donut. Now layer the beans, corn, salsa and cheese. Top with a lid if using stove top pan. Once heated through and cheese has melted take off heat and add your corn chips. Pop lid back on or into oven for 2 minutes to warm chips. Serve with guacamole and lime wedges if available or use bottled lime juice and sprinkle over the cooked dish
Homemade Sushi is so much cheaper than at the restaurant. We find them great to use up leftovers. They can be made ahead of time so lunch on the road is so easy. Sushi is easy and fun to make at home, and you can put all your favourite ingredients into your perfect custom roll — here’s how!
List of equipment
Cooked and cooled sushi rice (directions below)
Filling ingredients there are so many combinations read on for all the traditional filling suggestions.
Japan is obsessed with mayonnaise—well, their version of mayonnaise, anyway, a brand called Kewpie. … Kewpie is a little different than American mayo, because it’s made with only egg yolks—not whole eggs—and with rice or apple vinegar and no added salt or sugar.
Suggested ingredients for your traditional sushi
Ebi: Prawn. You might also occasionally see ama ebi on the menu, which means raw prawn. You might also see it as sweet prawn.
Sake: Not the rice wine; it’s salmon. There is also toro salmon, which means fatty salmon.
Maguro: This is tuna, which appears bright red when raw. Maguro can also be chutoro or otoro, which refers to fatty tuna or high-quality fatty tuna.
Hamachi: Yellowtail. This fatty fish delivers a rich flavor and is less expensive than other fish.
Tako: Octopus. Tako is served raw or lightly boiled. The raw octopus pairs well with a bit of wasabi soy sauce, called wasabi jyoyu.
Aji: Mackerel. It pairs especially well with a bit of ginger. In fact, it is often served with a small amount of grated ginger and scallions on top. Dip it in soy sauce to complete the umami experience!
Ika: Squid. Ika nigiri is often served with a small piece of shiso leaf enhance the flavour.
Tobiko: These are the little fish eggs of flying fish that often appear atop a sushi roll in bright colors.
Unagi: Eel. Many people new to sushi shy away from the idea of eating eel, but once you try it, you’ll likely begin to appreciate it, also because it is a good source of protein. You rarely see raw unagi for sushi, it is usually cooked with glazing unagi sauce.
Tamago: Egg. Some sushi rolls contain tamago, but this is not a simple egg dish. It has been slightly sweetened with a bit of sugar, and is typically cooked in a special pan to give it a molded square shape.
So if you really want to take your sushi making to the next level the above list is a great start to impress your guests over sundowners. Today however we are simply making them with fresh caught crab and avocado.
Now the rice is the most important part of the sushi making process, so it is essential that you get it right. Most people in houses now have rice cookers but No rice cooker in Our Galley? Here’s how I cook Japanese rice on the stove! These instructions should really be first!
Japanese short-grain rice is different from long-grain basmati or jasmine rice. So if you want to cook Japanese rice, please follow this simple method to cook a perfect pot of glossy and tender rice! Always soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. Rice has been sitting in the bag dried after milling, hence it needs moisture to revive the texture. It’s important that you give it enough time for rice to absorb water so that rice has a nice fluffy texture after it’s cooked.
DO NOT open the lid while cooking! That’s a big no-no when it comes to cooking Japanese rice. I learned from my experience to catch the indication of “boiling” by the sound. However, until you do, it’s okay to “quickly peek” inside to see if it’s boiling. The last 10 minutes of steaming is an extremely important part of cooking rice, so continue to keep the pot covered till the end and do not skip this step!
Use a heavy-bottom pot with a tight-fitting lid that keeps the steam in. If your lid fits loosely, put a clean kitchen cloth between the lid and the pot.
1 cup Japanese Short Grain Rice
1 1/4 cups of water
Put rice in a large bowl. Rice absorbs water very quickly when you start washing, so don’t let the rice absorb the unclear water. Gently wash the rice in a circular motion and discard the water. Repeat this process about 3-4 times. Drain to a fine-mesh sieve and shake off excess water.
In a heavy-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid. (I use my Baccarat Pot it has a Heavy-duty Cast Iron core that provides excellent heat retention) put well-drained rice and measured water. Soak the rice for 20-30 minutes before cooking.
Close the lid and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Take a quick peek to see if water is boiling (otherwise do not open the lid)
Once water is boiling, turn the heat to low and cook covered for 12 to 13 minutes, or until the water is completely absorbed (take a quick peek!). If you see there is water left, close the lid and continue cooking for a little longer.
Remove the pot (with the lid on) from the heat source and let it steam for another 10 minutes.
Fluff the rice with a rice paddle when it’s done. Chill the rice prior to making your sushi.
Making the Rolls
To get started, you need the right kind of seaweed. These are the Nori Sheets I use.
Sushi Press. You can purchase a press similar to mine from here 👆
However you can make make sushi without using a sushi making press.
Place the Nori Sheet shiny side down on the mat. Spread the Nori seaweed with a layer of Sushi rice and flatten gently with a rice paddle or wet spoon.
For my sushi this time, I have this gorgeous tuna that Rob has caught fresh and Avocado that has just ripened. However sushi are great to make with pantry staples such as tinned salmon, tuna, chicken. But of course if you have fresh ingredients such as salmon, crab, bbq chicken, avocado or any of the traditional ingredients you can’t go wrong. Really the combinations are endless.
Place your desired ingredients onto the rice 2.5 cm in from edge. Roll it up tightly, using a bamboo mat. It’s a specific kitchen item, but you can get a decent one for less than $6.
If you don’t have one, you can use baking paper or plastic wrap, but you won’t be able to wrap it as tightly, so buy one if you plan to make sushi regularly. After practice you will find rolling it freehand becomes natural.
Chill your sushi for 30 minutes, this firms them up. Then use a sharp knife to cut the sushi roll into your desired size pieces. make sure to use a sharp one!
This is a great Sushi Making kit that really has all the equipment you need to make great sushi.
Apricot and Chickpea Chicken
Serves four divide ingredients in 1/2 to serve two
2 onions, sliced
600g chicken breast fillets, cut into chunks
12 Dried apricots (soak in some stock until plump)
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
2 heaped tbs whole fruit apricot jam
2 tbs of Moroccan Spice
a good grind of black pepper
Serve with Cous Cous
Let’s get Cooking
Sauté the onion over a medium heat in a little olive oil until softened.
Add the chicken and brown on both sides.
This should take about 5 minutes.
Mix the Moroccan Spice blend into stock.
Pour in the stock and deglaze the pan, allowing all the caramelised pan juices to combine with the stock.
Add the apricots. Simmer for about 2 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Add the whole fruit apricot jam as well as a good grind of pepper then mix through.
Taste your sauce and adjust where necessary to your palate – adding a touch more stock or jam if necessary.
Your apricot sauce should be lovely thick, tasty and glossy.
Serve over Cous Cous