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Meltingly tender Kleftico

Lemons, oregano, garlic and wine for a winning and oh so tender lamb dish. We are in Greece after all, yum!  Ingredients for 2 very hungry people (with left overs if you can hold back...debatable on our boat) 1 small lamb leg (mine was just over a kilo) 1 red onion, chunked 2 cloves of garlic, unpeeled and bashed Fresh oregano to taste and a couple of bay leaves 1/3 cup mild olive oil 1/3 cup white wine 2 tsp mild mustard Zest and juice of 1 large juicy lemon A little sea salt ...

How this journey started, do I miss anything? Heck, no!

Nigh on seven years ago we were living aboard in Wales. Lovely place to be sure but rains a lot. Our Summers, please take the word "summer" lightly, were spent in the very beautiful Cornwall and Devon. Rained a lot there too. So one fine damp day I returned from the market and asked the Boss why we were staying where we were. He couldn't come up with a good reason, plans were soon made for a getaway. Actually I need to go back a step, prior to moving on the boat I lived with a very young ...

Mikki’s Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

I have many lovely cousins (so don't shout at me for selecting her ok?) Mikki used to ask me to make this quite a lot. It's tangy, sweet, juicy, packed with flavour and makes a great chicken salad or sandwiches from leftovers.      (Oops, how am I going to fit the sweet potatoes in there?) Ingredients: 1 jointed chicken, free range tastes so much better. 2 small unwaxed lemons. 1 zest and juice, other 1 cut into wedges. 1 red onion finely diced, few cloves of garlic left ...

Clip the dinghy on….

Or this will happen, sorry not really a cruising tip but was certainly one for the Boss just now (can't stop laughing)   

Getting internet need not be a pantomime!

Before we left Sicily we contacted someone in Athens, all it took were a few details; an address and payment for a SIM card to be shipped to us along with codes (each code valid for 24 hrs of use). So far has worked a treat and best of all when we need more we just contact again and it's topped up. Happy to provide contact details for anyone interested, just drop me a line. Anchored in a beautiful empty bay, don't need to go rushing around to source wifi coverage - bliss! 

Impellers, Big Fat Greek wedding terminology, who blinks first and other rambles.

So the Boss called for some assistance and over came an engineer who spoke less English than Captains Italian (didn't know that was possible). He'd predicted hours to remove the water pump, engineer did it in 10 mins!  (Caption huh?!)   Minor drama over confusion of days of the week, manager said Thursday but meant domani, engineer turned up later the same afternoon with fixed part. Fitted back in which involves lifting the engine up, guess who got to assist??? Now running ...

Spicy Pork Lettuce Cups

Make a batch of the spiced mince then quick snacks are seconds away, works for me! Ingredients: Lettuce leaves (iceberg works well for this) 350g minced pork Knob of grated ginger and 2 cloves of grated garlic Finely diced fresh chilli to suit your taste buds Little olive oil, splash of soy sauce, freshly ground black pepper Combine well and leave for an hour so flavours are absorbed. Heat a little oil in a large shallow frying pan, stir fry the mince until well cooked ...

Stuffed Baked Chicken Breast

Moist, tasty and looks good despite it's simplicity.  Ingredients: 2 thick chicken breast slices 4 slices of Parma ham 1 small onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 4 button mushrooms, chopped Parsley, pinch of salt, freshly ground black pepper. Preheat oven to 180 So flatten the chicken slices, lay them on top of Parma ham and put aside. Blitz the other ingredients then sauté for a few mins. Cool then add roughly 25g of cream cheese or a heaped spoon of Greek yoghurt, mix well ...

Smoke, impellers, fridge in a sulk..what next? Engine out tomorrow..

So I said the Ionian was somewhere over there? Hmm and there it will stay for a few days. Yesterday getting ready to come into Marina di Leuca I was leaping around with lines and noticed smoke (steam) coming out from the starboard exhaust. Quick run to other side and no, nothing there plus more water coming out. Alerted the Boss who has spent past couple of hours trapped in the engine. It's most likely the impeller (yes we have a spare and a spare for the spare..) but wow, whoever designs boats ...

Little Tips

If you have a cat or dog onboard, get one of these window wipers. Simply sweep across the wooden floors and all the shed hairs are in one place, easy them to vacuum or sweep into dustpan. Quick too although tommy hasn't worked out how to use it yet..    My best friends in the cleaning department undoubtedly have to be baking powder and lemon juice - just make a paste and use a warm cloth. From effortless oven cleaning to degreasing counters, scrubbing floors and decks. Slightly ...