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Books

Cod – a biography of the fish that changed the world

No Comments 31 March 2011

What a great book!  Big thanks to Ray Robinson for lending me his copy. 

I will admit that I began as a skeptic.  Just how good can a book be with the unusual title of Cod…..a fish that changed the world? Indeed.  The back cover tries to set the hook with, “Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been spurred by it, national debts have been based on it, economies have depended on it, and the settlement of North America was driven by it.  Cod, it turns out, is the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic, and it is the only reason they could.”  Oh really?  I don’t recall my history books mentioning anything of the sort.  Still, it was rated one of the 25 best books of the year (1997), and a James Beard Award winner, too. What’s that all about?  Who is Mark Kurlansky?

What I found was the chronicle of cod.  1000 plus years of it stuffed into less than 300 pages.  And it was absolutely fascinating.  Beginning in the tenth century Norsemen were following cod from Iceland to Greenland to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Maine.  Really, what else could they do?  Adventure, pillage and plunder was their heritage (especially after a bit of mead) but it got them expelled from more polite neighborhoods, but they had to eat to fuel Viking furnaces.  As I learned, cod has been an important source of food and oil for hundreds of years.  It became a major component of early international trade.  It drove the technology of the day.  Especially enlightening was the large part that the codfish trade had in the U.S. Civil War.  It is astounding what I didn’t learn in school.

Another part of the codfish story is the near extinction of the stock.  Once thought impossible by prominent thinkers like Thomas Huxley.  The idea of limitless bounty dies hard.  It’s tough to accept an idea that will devastate families and communities and put entire economies at risk.  No fish, no income.  Then come treaties, quotas and international agreements, not to mention the clever ways of avoiding them.  Some things are changing with technology and some things never change.   Well, take your spare change to the bookstore and buy Cod.  Then have some fish and chips and settle in for an interesting and informative read.  It’s definitely a book you will want to pass around….and I didn’t even mention the recipies.

Galley

Valentine Pecan Pie

No Comments 06 February 2011

Set the hook in the most fearless fisherman by serving a slice of wonderful pecan pie.  This recipe is guaranteed to promote the most humble galley-slave to Master and Commander.  And it’s so easy; any galley with a microwave and an oven can do this miracle in just over an hour.  Besides pecans, the key ingredient is Wax Orchards Fruit Sweet.  Don’t leave the dock without it.  Gram for gram is has fewer calories than sugar and it substitutes at about a 3/4 to 1 ratio.  Double win.   Baked goods stay fresh longer and they have a marvelous gentle sweetness very unlike the sharp glucose spike from refined sugar. 

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1 cup Wax Orchards Fruit Sweet

1/4 cup melted butter

2 cups roasted and lightly chopped pecans

1 tsp molasses

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

9″ pie crust.

First, roast the pecans…..

1.)  Toss 2 generous cups of pecans on a plate and microwave for 1 minute. 

2.)  Mix them all up and microwave for 1 more minute.

3.)  Cut the pecans in half.  OK, you can leave a few of them whole.

Then,

4.)  Blend the melted butter and Wax Orchards Fruit Sweet.

5.)  Whisk the eggs, molasses, vanilla and salt together and add it to the Fruit Sweet/butter mixture.

6.)  Stir in the pecans.

7.)  Pour the whole works into a 9″ pie shell and bake at 350° for 65 minutes.

Mmmmm, what a treat.  Bet you didn’t know how nutritious pecans are, or that April is National Pecan Month. When was the last time you baked a fresh pecan pie in your galley stove? This recipe is way too easy for the HUGE bonus points that come with it.

Galley

Sweet Heart Granola

No Comments 20 April 2010

I’ve already told the story of my introduction to Wax Orchards fudge. The Admiral’s mood softens at its very mention, making it much easier to bring up the subject of the new boat-toy  I just can’t live without. I’ve been curious about Wax Orchards other products and the recipies on their web site.  Fruit Sweet is a key ingredient in ‘most all of the recipies, so I thought that would be a good place to start.
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Fruit-Sweet_tn Fruit Sweet is usually an online purchase, but since I live near Woodinville, I stopped in and picked up a 32 oz. jug. My plan was to try the Sweet Heart Granola recipe. It looks easy. Something I can’t screw up. And if it turns out, granola is virtually an onboard essential. Breakfast, snacks…..anytime. Throw in some M&Ms, almonds, raisins, peanuts and chocolate chips and you’ve got trail mix. How cool if I could make my own.2 cups rolled oats, 1/8 cup canola oil, 1/3 cup Wax Orchards Fruit Sweet, 1/2 cup grape nuts cereal. I gathered all the ingredients and a bowl. Add oil to rolled oats. Mix/rub with hands to coat oats thoroughly…….Dang that seems like a lot of oil…..Oops, I used 1/2 cup of oil instead of 1/8 cup. How to save it? Better quad it. Everything gets multiplied by 4. Add Wax Orchards Fruit Sweet and stir; add grape nuts cereal and stir again. I spread the quad recipie onto 3 cookie sheets to bake for 40 minutes at 300°. Twice I grabbed the cookie sheets out of the oven and mixed things up. 40 minutes to perfection; crisp and golden brown. I slid the granola off the cookie sheets into a large bowl to cool. Of course, I had to try a piping-hot sample. Could I enhance the marvelous nutty flavor?….I tossed in 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Perfect.Fruit Sweet surprised me. I was expecting a sticky-sweet syrupy concentrate as overpowering as the white frosting on a cheap cake. But it really doesn’t taste all that sweet, more like apple juice with some pear tossed in and a hint of Karo syrup; and it’s not a bit sticky. Regardless…..this granola is GREAT. I thought I’d be sprinkling it with rasins, cranberries, almonds, dried cherries, whatever. No way, this is just plain fabulous, all by itself.
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Sweet Heart Granola is ideal for boating. Breakfast or snacks, plain or with milk……or as a base for Trail Mix; you’ll love it. My quad-quantity experiment produced two gallon-sized freezer bags each half full of granola (about 6.5 cups/bag). I’m quite sure it’s not going to last very long. I think it would be fun to try the Granola Scones recipe, too. For breakfast, may I recommend adding a few Almond Accents with milk. And for snacks, plain is perfect.

– original recipe from Sweet Inspirations by Patti Lynch –

Galley

Wax Orchards – Oh so good!!!

No Comments 21 March 2010

So I get a call a couple weeks ago from a contractor, Commercial Improvements, who needed a suspended ceiling for a project he was doing at the Woodinville Commerce Center.  A slight coincidence, I started my business back in 1983 doing most of the original tenant improvements at the Woodinville Commerce Center for owner/developer Peter Henning.  Later, I leased one of the warehouse units for a number of years, until I could build my own.  Well…….my buddy Bill and I are working away on a Saturday and along comes the the new tenant.  He was very complimentary of our work and gave us each a jar of Wax Orchards Fudge.  Now compliments are hard to come by in the construction world and gifts, even more so.  You can bet the tolerances on this job will be measured in microns.  Started in 1920 on Vashon Island, Wax Orchards now has a new office/warehouse in Woodinville.

Unlike my better-half, I’m not a chocoholic; I can take it or leave it.  But last night she had a tiny taste on the tip of a spoon and totally swooned.  “This is absolutely Heavenly!” she said.  She’s also a bit picky so I knew it had to be darned good.  Well, for a wee taste of desert this afternoon, we topped a tiny ball of Snoqualmie French Vanilla Custard with a tablespoon (45 cal.) of Wax Orchards Fudge Fantasy and added maybe a teaspoon of crushed walnuts.  What a KNOCKOUT!!  Fudge Fantasy is absolutely the thickest, richest, creamiest, most flavorful fudge on the planet.  It has to be warmed a bit to even be coaxed out of the jar.

“Bite me,” you say……”anything that good has got to be bad for you.”  Not so fast, matey.  Go to the Wax Orchards website; check out nutritional analysis and the endorsements and prepare to be amazed.  Diabetic friendly, fruit-sweetened, heart healthy, fat free, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free…….How can anything taste so good and still be healthy?  After you peruse their product offerings: fudge, syrups, fruit sweeteners,  be sure to surf through the links on their menu bar.  There are a number of recipes that sound fabulous along with health information aimed at diabetes and weight control.  Besides being worthy of your upper-deck, Wax Orchards website is a great resource.  Wax Orchard’s products are sure to be found in the finer and healthier Northwest galleys……Velkommen’s, for sure. 

But, please, don’t take my word for it……..try a bite.


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