Easy bread to feed a hungry crew

14 Jun

monkey bread

A well-fed crew is a happy crew: this is no secret. Food is a love language for many, myself included. Feeding people, seeing their pleasure in something I’ve made, makes me so happy. I dug the minor challenge to create a yummy and totally gluten free dinner from our dwindling provisions for friends last week (who knew quinoa could make a tender chocolate cake?!). In the Chesapeake last fall, it was pull-apart bread (garlic herb deliciousness, dunked in soup) that made several nights with friends extra memorable: at Camp Quigley, soaking up the good vibes from Mary Marie, getting to ...

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Guest post: Feeding the offshore racing or delivery crew

21 May

By Billy Cullen

Imagine tossing a chicken carcass into a cage of hungry wolves, I think that’s a good idea of what feeding time looks like on a lot of offshore racers and delivery boats. As cook, on a sea going racer, you need not worry about comparisons to the finer restaurants in town. The ingredients for success are simple; two large deep pots, garlic and onions, a little planning, and variety, and watch your fingers at feeding time.

If you are cooking for a large crew, I suggest two large deep pots that fit catty corner, or side by ...

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Writing feeds my cruising soul

17 Nov

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A few months ago, I kissed the back of an envelope for good luck before dropping it into a mailbox in Singapore. Tucked inside was a publishing contract with my signature on it. Although it’s been years since I had my first paycheck as a freelance writer, I’ve only now had confidence to fill in the “occupation” blank on forms with WRITER. So to have a fellow blogger, Kim from SV Britican, tap me to follow her post on a tour of writer’s blogs is the kind of request that makes me sit back with a smile of wonder ...

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Follow Me, SAILfeed Readers

8 Oct

As you know, the fine crew of Papillon is currently living ashore. Yes, we’re still firmly tropical on a tiny island in Papua New Guinea, but still. We are temporarily parted from our beloved yawl – and this on our fourth anniversary aboard. Sniffles all around.

For the duration of our sabbatical-from-our-sabbatical, the blog will not be syndicated on SAILfeed. This makes sense, because we are not sailing. So, dear SAILfeed readers, you will have to bookmark the original Sailing Papillon if you would like to keep up with our adventures. Otherwise, I’ll be back on SAILfeed circa April with ...

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Joining the SAILfeed blogger team

6 Nov

Reading on the bow

My first sailing magazine subscription, when I was a teen, was to SAIL. My husband started even sooner (a Christmas gift when he was 12).

Times have changed, but not that much. Where Jamie and I once papered our bedrooms and dorm rooms with centerfolds that had names like Endeavour, IMP, and Scarlett O’Hara (cut from the pages of SAIL, or their annual calendar), now we have the warm teak of our own boat’s interior, posted with photos of more pedestrian boats in tropical anchorages, and other souvenirs of the Pacific- and SAIL blogs on the feed to our ipad....

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Feed me, Seymour! A Basic Guide to Provisioning.

9 Jul

There is nothing that says “I’m ready to blow this popsicle stand!” like buying a hundred tins of veggies.  What’s that?  You don’t spend two thousand dollars at the grocery store before you go on vacation?  Well.  It is clear to me that you don’t have to shop for six months at a stretch.  Let me guide you through it.

First, make your list.  Mine is three printed pages in an Excel spreadsheet.  I add in my notes on consumption from the last Big Shopping, make new estimates for what we need, and off I go.  Always keep in mind ...

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Papillon Joins SAILfeed

7 Oct

That cut on my hand?  That’s cruising, baby!
Hello, everyone.  Id like to welcome some new readers to Sailing Papillon.  The good people at SAIL magazine invited me to join their blogging community, SAILfeed, and so I am delighted to say that Sailing Papillon will now also appear at www.sailfeed.com.  The blog ...
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A question for Sailfeed readers

24 Apr

Hi there! It has been very interesting these past few months to see which blog posts have attracted attention vs. those that have been less interesting for you folks. I was quite surprised to see that my post raving about West System and Hamilton Marine, which I really wasn’t sure anyone would find interesting, was ‘shared’ on facebook quite a few times (well, relatively, that is. I’ve still got a little ways to go before I catch up with Lady Gaga…). It might be nice to imagine my stories are so enthralling that everyone is just dying to share the ...

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Circumnavigation, check! What’s next?

23 May

At anchor before playa de Balandra, Mexico

Motoring north from La Paz, parched mountains reach up on Totem’s starboard side along a gently winding channel. On the far side of a wide blue bay bask the low desert hills of southern Baja. Tonight we’ll anchor in a quiet bay where the water turns to clear turquoise near shore, and we scan the hillsides with binoculars to glimpse coyotes at sunset.

Leaving this sweet town in the lower reaches of the Sea of Cortez is an inflection point: it starts our last weeks with Niall aboard. In a life that is rich with so many “firsts,” suddenly we’re ...

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Clouds, Whales, and Coffee

22 May

Day 151/29

Noon Position: 23 58S 157 28W

Course/Speed: NNW5

Wind: ENE9

Bar: 1018

Sea: NE3

Sky: Overcast; but squall complex with rain

Cabin Temperature: 80

Water Temperature: 78

Sail: Close reaching with big genoa and main

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good: 68 (It doesn’t help when you tack most of a day over your noon position.)

Miles this leg: 3,481

Avg. Miles this leg: 120

Miles since departure: 20,725

Woke to a brisk wind this morning (brisk being 7 to 9 knots) with enough east in it that we could almost make due north. What’s more, the clouds had new ...

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