Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Coconut Dhal with steamed broccoli, black and brown rice

This recipe is sooooo healthy and can be made all from the pantry if you haven't got any fresh broccoli.

  • 2 cups split yellow peas
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp garlic grated
  • 2 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 bunch broccoli or broccolini
  • 1 cup mixed black and brown rice
Rinse the rice with clean sea water then add 2 cups fresh water and bring to the  boil. Reduce heat to a bare minimum and simmer on low for 35 minutes. Turn heat off without lifting lid and let is sit for a further 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving. Rinse spilt peas with the deck wash if you are out at sea in clean water. 

In a large saucepan place the peas, coconut milk, stock, onion, garlic and ginger, turmeric and salt 
Simmer on a medium heat for 35 minutes.

Steam broccoli and serve on top.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Noosa Beach House Sri Lankan Fish Curry

30 minutes prep time
4 serves
very easy recipe

50 ml oil
1 medium onion peeled and roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic peeled and roughly chopped
1 x 5cm piece panda leaf roughly torn
2 sprigs of curry leaves
2 green chilles split lengthways
1/2 tbs fenugreek
1/2 tbs fennel seeds
1 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp tummeric
1 cinnamon stick broken into pieces
500 mls coconut milk
fish frame from a white fish or 1 tbs fish sauce
2 nice thick fillets (cut in half) of white fish (cut in half) with skin on
salt and pepper
steamed rice to serve
lime wedges to serve

Heat the oil is a large pot over medium heat and add the onion, garlic, pandan leaf and green chilli. Fry until the onions are translucent.

Add the dry spices, coconut milk and fish bones and stir to combine. Leave to cook until the mixture has reduced by half.

Remove the curry from the heat and strain it into a separate jug. Set aside until ready to serve.

To cook the fish rub with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook on the grill side of a BBQ with the lid down, skin side down first. COok for 3 minutes or until the skin is crispy. Turn the fish and once the fish is cooked serve on a bed of steamed rice.

Pour the curry around the fish in the bowl. Serve with lime wedges.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sweet Potato and chick pea patties

500g sweet potatoes
420g tin chickpeas
1/3 cup quinoa
1 tsp garam Marsala
2 garlic cloves
1 egg
1 bunch mint chopped
1/2 onion finely chopped

Cook the sweet potatoes til soft
Mash together sweet potato, chick peas, quinoa, haram Marsala, crushed garlic,egg and mint and onion 
Form into patties and fry on BBQ 

Rice salad

50g pecan nuts toasted
1 cup brown rice mixed with wild rice if you have it
1 smoked chicken breast
1/2 red onion diced
200g tin corn kernels
2 tbs currents
3 tbs chopped flat leaf parsley
80 mls orange juice
125 ml macadamia nut oil
2 tbs white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper 1 tsp Dijon mustard

Cook the rice absorption method
Toast the pecans 
Dice the smoked chicken finely
Finely chop parsley
Combine the chicken, cooked and cooked rice, pecans, corn, red onion, currants and parsley in a bowl
Mix together orange juice, oil and vinegar and Dijon mustard and pour over the salad. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate over night

Grain salad

1 bunch fresh coriander
1/2 bunch parsley
1/2 red onion
1 cup of uncooked quinoa 
1 tin of brown lentils
2 tbs toasted pumpkin seeds
2 tbs toasted pine nuts
2 tbs toasted slivered almonds 
2 tbs baby capers 
1/2 cup currents 
Juice of one lemon 
3 tbs olive oil
1/2 pomegranate

1 cup yoghurt
1 tsp cumin seeds toasted and ground
1 tsp honey

Boil quinoa in 2 cups of water then lower heat for 15 minutes
Mix all ingredients 
Yummo and so healthy.
It might be hard to find fresh coriander parsley and pomegranate but it's still nice without it. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Essence (Spirit) of Cruising

What is it all about? You'll never know if you never go.

What could be a more spiritual path than living on the water, sailing.
You really get to experience The power of now... really being in the moment.
You treasure the simple things in life. You appreciate fresh water, fresh fruit and veges and company of others.
You help one another.
You don't waste anything, especially water.
You love life. You are out there living it and not just watching it on TV after work.
It is respecting nature and the elements.
It is watching the tides and not the time.
It is about going with the flow... literally. The flow of the ocean. The flow of the tides. The flow of nature. No strict schedule. Living in the moment.
Respect. Respect for nature. Respect for each other. Respect for the weather, nature and what nature provides for nurturing. Respect for land especially when you haven't touched ground for a while.
It is leaving the need to be validated by social media behind and replacing it with waves of euphoria as you watch the sunset as the moon rises having sunset drinks with your new friends who have just anchored near by.
It is sharing.

It is challenge. The challenge of dealing with experiences you'd never encounter on land. The challenge of safe navigation. The challenge of getting to where you planned under sail using as little engine power as possible. The challenge of sleeping through a rocky anchorage. The challenge of a jammed anchor chain. If it doesn't come up you aren't going anywhere! 
Even planning a menu to feed your crew can be challenging. Chances are where you are going has no shops to duck off to for some milk. 

Monday, September 30, 2013



Amazing frozen lemons. All it is.....is a frozen lemon.

Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming
the entire lemon and nothing is wasted. How can you use the whole
lemon without waste?

Simple.. place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your
refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred
the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your

Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, cereals,
noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes, whisky.... the
list is endless.

All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste, something
that you may have never tasted before. Most likely, you only think of
lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore.

Now that you've learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in
instant cup noodles.

What's the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than
preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes?

Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more
vitamins than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that's what you've
been wasting.

But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing the
whole lemon, then grating it on top of your dishes, you can consume
all of those nutrients and get even healthier.

It's also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating
toxic elements in the body.

So place your washed lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on your
meal every day. It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to
live healthier and longer! That's the lemon secret! Better late than
never, right? The surprising benefits of lemon! Lemon (Citrus) is a
miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger
than chemotherapy.

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories
interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge

You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon
juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant
and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy.

How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so
as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large

As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes.

You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice
press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc. It is credited with
many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on
cysts and tumors.

This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say
it is very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as
an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi,
effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood
pressure which is too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and
nervous disorders.
The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of
the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than
20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that It destroys
the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate,
lung and pancreas. The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times
better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used
chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells.

And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon
extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect
healthy cells.

So, give those lemons a good wash, freeze them and grate them. Your
whole body will love you for it!!!!!