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The Joys of Pregnancy – 33 Weeks

Posted in: Baby on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

By 33 weeks you’re well into the third trimester and by all accounts the most physically uncomfortable stage of pregnancy. They’re not wrong.

For me week 33 is definitely starting to feel like going through life with a 1.5kg watermelon strapped to your middle with at times depressing and hilarious results.

The joy begins each morning with the feat of perseverance that is getting out of bed. This is probably one of the few areas of boat life that makes being pregnant that little bit harder. How much easier would it be if I could just heave and roll out of my own side of the bed. Instead I have to employ an almost crab like, raised butt shuffle across the expanse of our double berth. Some days it’s easier to have my husband grab a leg and pull me delicately across to the end, then pull up while I push up and hooray i’m upright.

I can no longer see my feet and we’re fast approaching the point in my pregnancy and marriage where my devoted husband’s willingness to shave my legs will be tested. I assure him it’s just like shaving a really long neck but he remains to be convinced.

Then there is the fact that for the last few weeks my previously feminine way of walking has been devolving into a definite waddle with a primate-like arm swing thrown in for good measure. The effect is heightened when I try to ‘hurry’ anywhere. And the depressing thing is there is nothing I can do about it. If I do try and walk like a normal person the end result is something even John Cleese would find hilarious. Gracefulness of motion is simply no longer possible.

Which brings me to the sounds I now find myself making. So far bending over is still somewhat possible but sadly not without the involuntary release of grunts and groans similar to those you’d expect from a wallowing hippo that’s gotten a little stuck in the river mud. Even basic movements like getting up from the couch are no longer done in dignified silence.

And If I’m home alone and need something out of the bilge storage lockers, or any stowage close to the floor, I better bring a book or something to keep me occupied because once I’ve gotten down there following a careful three stage process, I will be down there a while. I simply do not have the energy to engage in the much lengthier six stage process of getting back up. The other day, my dear wonderful mother who hasn’t been below decks of our new boat actually asked me in a concerned tone if there was anywhere that I could get stuck or more accurately wedged. I laughed at first, but now I find myself seriously assessing the space I live in for choke points. According to my current assessment I should be fine.

Then there’s the fact I’ve been scanned, poked and probed more than an unfortunate victim of extra-terrestrial curiosity. My doctors can’t decide if my cervix is shortening or is in fact remaining stable so there is the medication i’m not taking orally (no, not that way either) which results in an increase of the joy that is pregnancy gas. Which quite frankly i’m surprised isn’t being sold in canisters for use in biological warfare. My poor husband has literally had his head wedged out a hatch gasping for fresh air. You definitely have to keep a sense of humour about you when you’re pregnant.

A love of science fiction also helps because at 33 weeks my ‘watermelon’ is doing some pretty weird and totally surreal things. Some times If I didn’t know any better i’d say my little one thinks the way out is through my belly button which is regularly being poked with feet, hands and elbows. We’ve laid and watched an arm or leg roll across my belly and my watermelon change shape before my eyes.

But through all the waddling, groaning and especially during the gymnastics sessions being performed inside me is the lovely realisation that our beautiful girl will soon be with us. In what feels like a few short weeks our lives will be forever changed and our cosy home aboard Runaway will be enriched even further by her presence. It’s a lovely realisation and i’m looking forward to it, I just need to survive the next few weeks of waddling, nightly reflux, the kicks to my bladder all while managing not to get wedged somewhere on board.

 

 

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From the Galley: Moroccan Chicken, Pumkin and Lentil Soup

Posted in: Featured, From the Galley on Saturday, May 10th, 2014
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Winter is coming and apart from hordes of white walkers from the North it also means it’s soup weather. YAY!

I cooked my first soup of the season Monday night.  A Moroccan Chicken, Pumpkin and Lentil soup.  Not only was it the first soup of the season but it was also my first pumpkin soup and it was soup-er delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 chicken thighs, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Moroccan seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1kg pumpkin, diced
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh chives, chopped

Method

    1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Over medium heat add the onion and garlic and cook until soft, add the chicken thighs and cook for a further 10 minutes.
    2. Stir the Moroccan seasoning and ground cumin.
    3. Add the stock, pumpkin and lentils. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until pumpkin is soft.
    4. Puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
    5. Spoon the soup into bowls and garnish with chives. Serve with crusty bread.

Notes

  • Butternut pumpkin is the best pumpkin to use for soups. It is easy to cut and remove the skin and it tastes real good.
  • We don’t have a blender on board. They are too big and power hungry not to mention we didn’t have one to bring with us. But we do have a Kambrook stick mixer on board that is finally earning it’s keep. It worked just as well.
  • Make sure you have a big container to store the left overs. Because there will be left overs. Ben and I got two meals out of it with a few lunches thrown in. A very economical meal.

 

Dice the onion fine and crush the garlic.

Dice the onion fine and crush the garlic.

Butternut Pumpkin is the best.

Butternut Pumpkin is the best.

Ain't nobody here but us chickens.

Ain’t nobody here but us chickens.

All together now, in the pot and cooking.

All together now, in the pot and cooking.

 

Mmmm pureed pumpkiny goodness!

Mmmm pureed pumpkiny goodness!

Served and ready to eat with crusty fresh bread.

Served and ready to eat with crusty fresh bread.

 

 

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It’s Curtains for bad Curtains

Posted in: Boat Improvements, Featured on Thursday, January 16th, 2014
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Psychedelic fish patterns aren’t for everyone…

and they weren’t for us.  These curtains were hanging when we bought Tygress and as much as I love bright colours I had trouble loving these. I feel bad saying that because obviously some one did love them at one point and took the time to sew them and hang them with pride in their home. But Ben couldn’t stand them and became increasingly determined to get rid of them.

 

Quirky and fun but not for us

Quirky and fun but not for us

 

Here they are in place, bright and colourful.

Here they are in place, bright and colourful.

One day after taking the time to wash them and painstakingly feed the elastic back through them Ben declares that he can bear them no longer, that they must go and I must make new ones. So despite my protests off we go to Spotlight where we became mired in indecision. Should we get that pattern, I like the spots. Or maybe this one with the curly swirls. But what about this colour. Oh this one over here is a bit cheaper. We settled on two fabrics and after going away and coming back we chose the taupe curly swirls.

Because he has a better head for it Ben took care of taking all the measurements and figured out how much fabric we needed which at under $7 a meter worked out very cheap. It’s thermal fabric designed to keep out 30% of heat from the windows without blocking too much light. The cabin still feels light and airy even with the curtains drawn.

To make the new curtains I simply used the old ones as a template. There’s a slight curve to the windows so all the hard work of making them fit the curve had already been done. The thought of redesigning them from scratch made my head hurt. The only issue I had and that held the project up was the lack of a large flat surface to spread the fabric out and trace the patterns. Lack of space is always an issue on a boat.

 

Our stylish new curtain fabric.

Our stylish new curtain fabric.

 

The new curtains hanging in the saloon.

The new curtains hanging in the saloon.

 

Eventually I got the fabric and curtains over to my folks place to take advantage of my mums huge sewing table. Patterns were made and my old Pfaff sewing machine (which incidentally is almost as old as I am) pulled out and set up on the saloon table. My Pfaff fits on the table perfectly and even though it weighs a tonne, and i’m pretty sure it causes the boat to list to starboard when I store it, i’m so glad I brought it with me.  Once I remembered how to thread it and fill a bobbin I was on my way. It wouldn’t have taken more than four hours in total to sew them up, and as straight lines are easy to sew I must say I’ve done a great job on them.

 

Tied back with matching fabric ties.

Tied back with matching fabric ties.

 

Tied back revealing our lovely big windows.

Tied back revealing our lovely big windows.

They are now hanging in the saloon generally just looking great and classin up the joint!

What do you think?

 

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Fill ‘er up

Posted in: Living aboard on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Every now and then I get asked what we do for water on board. For most people water comes unlimited out of the tap and I guess it’s easy to assume because we live on a boat that we don’t have the basic luxury of running water. And to be fair to that assumption not all boaties do have running water but for us though it was a must. When we were looking at boats a good sized water tank was an important requirement because we didn’t want to be filling it all the time and the bigger the tank the greater cruising range we’ll have.  On a side note, the dream, the if-we-had-lots-of-money-and-more-space dream would be to have a water maker installed on board so that we can turn the unlimited amount of sea water below us into safe drinking water. Sadly not with our current budget and not with our current boat.

Tygress has a 200 litre tank in her keel with a pump to loudly pump water to our two taps, one in the head and one in the galley, and so far for us 200ltrs has been a  good amount. We get about two weeks out of one tank refill and since we’re currently living in a marina with shower and toilet facilities this 200ltr amount does not include water for showers.  As it is Tygress’s on board shower was disconnected before we bought her and we won’t be reconnecting it since discovering that the plumbing for it runs behind the switch board. Is anyone else thinking disaster waiting to happen? So it’ll be solar showers for us in the cockpit.

Filling the tank while living dockside is a relatively easy job and one i’m proud to say I can do on my own now. At first we’d only fill it when Ben was home. He would be inside to monitor the tank while I manned the tap outside. It was a good system and one with very little room for error on my part. Then one fateful day Ben asked if I would like to have a go at monitoring the tank while he manned the tap. My initial response “Hell no! I’ll flood the boat! I won’t know when it’s full! I can’t do it! I WON”T do it!”  But then I calmed down and remembered why I was on this journey, to grow, to try new things, to challenge myself.  So I manned up and took position inside.

For whatever reason there is no level indicator on our tank so telling how empty she is a case of listening to the changing sounds of the pump and telling how full it is is a case of peering into the tank with a torch trying to see the water level and how far from the top it is. It’s something that takes a bit of practice.  My first time I was constantly turning the hose off to peer inside “Ben I think it’s full, is it full?” I’d shriek “It won’t be full yet, it’s a big tank” Ben would calmly respond from outside. Not even a minute later “Ben Ben Ben!! It’s full, I can see water OMG i’m going to flood the boat!” followed by “Calm down Sez, it takes at least five minutes for it to fill.”

This continued until the water was close to the top at which point I completely I forgot which way to turn the hose nozzle to shut off the water. The shrieking became incoherent. We laugh about it now, but it was stressful for me at the time. But it was all worth it when Ben said he was proud of me for having a go and the sense of achievement I got when it was done was fantastic.

It probably doesn’t sound that much or that hard to you dear reader but sometimes it’s the smallest victories that feel the most empowering.  Now  that I can fill up the tank on my own, It’s one more thing I can contribute, one more thing Ben doesn’t have to be responsible for.

First we need to remove the carpet to reveal the water tank flooring panel.

 

Then remove the panel, please excuse our dirty bilge.

 

Then you open the tank using the age old lefty loosy - righty tighty method.

 

Then put the hose in, turn it on and wait. It's easier to stand using my foot to hold the hose in place.

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Books on board

Posted in: Living aboard on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
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He says I have too many.  I say I don’t have enough.

He says we don’t have the space. I say there’s always space for more.

He says where are we going to put them all? I say i’ll find room.

He says I have a problem. I say it’s the best kind of problem to have.

He says surely you don’t need so many? I say can you ever really have enough?

Thrillers, mysteries, travelogues, classic science fiction, sea faring tales both old and new, dissertations on the human condition and the future of humanity itself,  books about the oceans, nature and animals, rollicking tales of action packed adventure, books on how to sail and where to sail. Hardcover, softcover, large and small, thick and thin.

Theroux, Meiville, Vance, Clark, Toghill, Cussler, O’brien, Defoe, Swift, Bach, Banfield.

Recent additions to the stash

More than my shoes, more than my clothes and more than beautiful homewares, I hated parting with my books.  Consigning them to boxes stored in a shed felt like a betrayal. As I packed each box I felt I was condemning characters and friends that I loved to isolation and abandoning whole worlds to darkness.

Watching full shelves become empty caused an almost physical pain in my chest and brought on a depression that had me questioning whether a life without them was any kind of life at all.  Did I want a life of beautiful vistas and adventure on the seas or would I be happier with a home full of books.  A home that was a portal to hundreds of different places and thousands of different lives. A portal to magic, excitement, mystery and space: the great beyond…

It was always going to be a hard choice, a hard decision to make.  The only way I could bear to do it was by bringing as many of my books with me as I could. Not to be deterred by a lack of storage space I crammed as many books aboard as I could.  And I can’t help buying more…

The small bookshelf above our berth

and more

My stash at the end of the couch

 

Our collection of sailing related books.

 What books can’t you live without?

What books do you have aboard?

What books SHOULD we have aboard? 

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May – Does not compute

Posted in: End of Month Recap on Saturday, June 1st, 2013

We’re slipping further and further into Winter weather as evidenced by the year’s first appearance of tracky daks (or tracksuit pants) and ugg boots. Ah happy days.  I love a comfy pair of tracky daks and big warm slippers, who doesn’t? Hey i’m in my 30’s, I live on a boat, style is becoming less and less of a priority.

I don’t know if it’s the cooler weather making me inactive or just a plain old case of burnout but I’ve barely touched the computer this month.  I’ve let my blogging fall by the wayside. I’ve hardly tweeted (but oddly enough have been gaining followers). Facebook and Google+ have rarely been updated.    That doesn’t mean nothing has happened this month.  Let’s review the month that has been May…

1. May like all the months before it was a month rich in the bounty of fish n chips. Although due to our lack of vehicular transport we could not get to our usual fish n chip place, Corner House Fish and Chips. Thankfully though there is a place within walking distance that fry’s up an equally delicious feast, Baywatch Cafe. Sadly though for the men out there, despite it’s name it is not staffed by busty blondes in red swimsuits. Hot tip – order their tartare sauce and avoid the garlic chicken balls!

 

Baywatch Cafe - a good feed

2. My knitting project deadline is fast approaching  but I have found myself stumped by broken rib edging.  A simple enough stitch but proving hard to master with increases on each end. So May was spent perfecting mattress stitch, picking up stitches, increasing stitches left, increasing stitches right and broken rib stitch.  Thank goodness for YouTube! Below is my successful attempt, I love love love the rainbow wool. (An in depth account of my latest project will be posted on Blue Water Dreaming’s sister site, Stitches and Sails).

 

Broken rib edging

 

3. Mother’s Day was in May and resulted in our first photo canvas order.  We hope the first of many. Eventually we’ll have the facilities on our site to order any of our photos on canvas.  These ones pictured are 30cm x 20cm and cost $35, a great gift for mothers day.

 

Our first photo canvas order

 

4. Boat improvements continued on through May with the laying of our new carpet.  We finally replaced the crappy old off cut that was there when we bought Tygress (before and after post coming soon). Granted carpet is not the most practical choice for a boat but we couldn’t afford the imitation teak flooring that my heart so desired.  And with a steel boat we feel that carpet will provide extra insulation from the cold during winter and also provide some sound insulation as we live loud.  The new carpet feels wonderful underfoot, only cost us approx $120, has a 5 year warranty, and is heavy duty stain resistant. But most importantly it’s blue!

 

5 year warranty, stain resistant, heavy duty and a pretty blue!

 

5. May was a month for making new friends of the feathered squawking variety.  One of the fun things about boat living for me has been feeding the fish with our left over bread but recently the local seagulls have cottoned onto the free feed and have joined in.  These brazen fellas unhappy with their share started muscling in on the bread thrown into the water for the fish.  Gross if you ask me, soggy bread is the worst!

 

 

6. Not only a month for new feathered friends, May was also a month for visits from old family friends and meeting new online friends in person.  We caught up with the lovely family from Adventure of a Lifetime one sunny Sunday and spent a few hours getting to know them, hearing first hand about their adventures here in Queensland and sharing stories of our boat life and our big plans with them.  Blog post to come.

7. I also got creative in the kitchen and tried a new recipe I found on Pinterest which I’ll post in our From the Galley section later this month. Behold my Lemon and Red Onion Pork!

 

Red Onion and Lemon Pork

May held it’s frustrations and disappointments also

a) Our more-trouble-than-it’s-worth car needed to have it’s engine replaced at a cry-in-your-pillow-at-night cost.  So that takes the tally up to two accidents and one new engine. Fortunately though our potential buyer remains keen and we’re on track to sell her come end of June.

b) The wretched weather!  Never before in my life has the weather held so much of my life to ransom. Weeks of sun before we could afford to have the windows replaced and hatches serviced.  Of course now that we have the money and paid the deposit we’ve had nothing but showers and unpredictable grey skies. It’s enough to make you cry, curse the Gods and seriously consider becoming a land lubber again….well I may have overstated that last part.

If (1) is considered a complete cluster-whoopsie of a month and (10) is considered a month full of happiness, sunshine and success then I’d rate May an 7.

How was your May?

 

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March – So far so good

Posted in: End of Month Recap on Thursday, April 4th, 2013

March has been a good month. Lots of sunshine, chocolate and progress with the boat.  The morning and evenings are getting cooler which is lovely, although some days have surprised us with their summer heat. It’s almost as if summer is refusing to let go and give way to autumn. But it’s not bad, it makes night time cozy to snuggle up together and days nice to be outside in the sun.

1. We bought a Kayak. If you haven’t got one I highly recommend getting one! Get two! Get three! I can’t believe I fought Ben for so many months about spending the money! They’re so much fun and it has given me the chance to get out and explore the harbour more, and provided another way for me to get active. Judging by my weight gain since moving aboard that’s something I need.   After an initial ‘whoopsie’ moment (blog post to come) i’m turning into a competent paddler.

2. We’ve tried out a few new recipes which will be featured on the blog soon. We’re always looking for healthy recipes. Ones that are suitable for cooking in a small galley, ones the don’t require a lot of fresh produce, ones using non-refrigerated ingredients. And we’ve found a couple of good ones but Ben was a little disappointed with the lack of meat in the trolley when we went shopping.

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

3. Added a some new books to my stash. Have I mentioned how much I love our local book exchange. And books. Real books, not ebooks.

Robinson Crusoe, Fatal Storm, Confessions of a Beachcomber, Jonathon Livingstone Seagull, Commander of the Mists and Reading I've Liked.

4. Brightened up the saloon with some wildflowers picked by the side of the road. Australia has beautiful native flowering trees which it just so happens I can reach if I stand on my toes with a pair of scissors.

Yellow and pink native flowers and my hand painted jar for a vase.

5. Embarked on a chocolate eating odyssey by biting the head off of this cute little fella and am presently working on eating this beautiful, shiny family of rabbits!

Cute, but not too cute to eat! Head first.

Shiny, edible bunnies and the delicious gold eggs they lay.

6. We helped friends move into their wonderful brand new house and what new house would be complete without a trip through IKEA. Oh my poor feet and all those glorious home wares I no longer have space for, but it was still fun getting to hang with friends.  And even though we no longer have a house I could still find some goodies to take home.

A slap chop, bag clips, scented candles, tea towels, clothes hanger and hooks for our pot rack.

7. Celebrated Easter with my family by gathering together, drinking and eating a delicious baked lunch followed by the family classic two tone rum pie dessert (not pictured, eaten too quickly)

A home cooked baked lunch - is there anything better??

8. We got a new spray dodger! The first part of the cockpit canvas replacement was the spray dodger and it got done just before Easter. It’s beautiful, the navy goes so well with the red hull!

Our new navy spray dodger. Ain't she pretty!

At the end of these little wrap ups I try and balance things out by noting some less than positive things that have happened during the month. But March has been a pretty good month so I can only think of two.

1) We found some more rust on the hull. Ben thinks that rust is becoming more of an issue because of electrolysis in the marina.

2) Due to financial constraints we couldn’t order the mesh sides for the cockpit that I so badly wanted.

If (1) is considered a complete cluster-whoopsie of a month and (10) is considered a month full of happiness, sunshine and success then I’d rate March 7/10. New spray dodger WHOOO!

How was your March?

 

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Here comes the sun!

Posted in: Marina Life on Friday, March 8th, 2013
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It may not have been a full day of sun but i’m overjoyed to say that for the most part we had a sunny day with blue sky and everything! At least I think it was blue sky, it’s been so long  I was sure I had forgotten what it looked like.

Beautiful blue sky

It’s possibly the most sun we’ve had all March.  I spent more time outside than I have in weeks enjoying the warmth and the relative dryness of everything.

I wasn’t the only one, lot’s of people had come out to enjoy the beautiful weather, including one guy who obviously hasn’t grown out of his love of remote controlled toys.

Great weather for boats of any size to head out for a sail.

 

Small but graceful.

 

Out enjoying the sun.

 

Sunny daze are happy daze indeed!

 

*click on images to see larger versions

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February – A wet and rainy hell!

Posted in: End of Month Recap on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Another month has passed and what a month it was!

Personally i’m glad to see the back of it but i’d be even gladder if March wasn’t shaping up to be more of the same.

In all fairness though, it wasn’t all bad.  Here is the official review.

1.  Made approximately 26 morning cups of coffee for my hard working man and me.  He wakes to smell of freshly brewed coffee most mornings, I wake up earlier to the dolcet tones of an insane rooster (we really must  change the alarm sound). In case you’re wondering  Ben’s mug is the one that says ‘World’s Greatest Boyfriend’ on it! Yep, I bought that for him because he is!!

Much needed morning coffee!

2. Ben took us both clothes shopping, he bought me four nice new dresses. It wasn’t all sugar and spice and four dresses nice, he made me try them all on which involved running the gauntlet of changing room waiting lines, mean changing room mirrors that distort, and dress tags featuring sizes larger than I’m willing to admit that I need.

My four pretty new dresses and one new wallet.

3.  Taught myself to knit, for the third time. Here’s hoping the skill will actually stick this time round.  I started my practice project by casting on eight stitches and learnt garter, stockinette and ribbing plus how to add stitches.

Here is the start of my practice knitting project.

Here it is a week or two later, longer and wider and getting neater.

4. Started a new book and tried again to kick start a love affair with red wine.  I don’t think it’s going to take as i’m a scotch girl through and through.

Red wine and a good book = great way to spend the day!

5. Played dress ups with the cat in a fit of bored mischief making one night.  He wasn’t happy but he endured it like a trooper.

One cute and very unhappy kitty.

6. Watched the documentary ‘Fat Sick and Nearly Dead’ . We were so inspired we went out the next day and bought a juicer and heaps of fruit and veggies! Okay so we haven’t juiced as much as we planned and using the juicer is only an option will we’re living with shore power, but it’s a step in a healthier direction.

Our new juicer and lots of healthy stuff

Tomatoes, carrots and celery = yummy!

The finished juice.

7. Spent a couple of hours in various boating stores, the novelty of which has worn off, so I amused myself by taking pictures. Ben amused himself shopping up a storm, accumulator tank, life jackets, fenders, metal etch cleaner and rust preventing primer.  Me i’d still rather be shoe shopping.

Ropes ropes and more ropes

A wall of shining anchors.

As with good there is always bad

1) While January featured nature’s raw destructive power of Oswald, February has seen her wage a sustained campaign of constant dampness and disillusionment.  Brisbane received 250mm of rain over a period of 20 days, I’ve forgotten what sunny days feel like.

2) We were rudely awakened from our naivety regarding the cost of boat repairs having received two quotes for work we need done to Tygress.  Necessity has meant reevaluating what we want done and what we need done and what we can afford to have done.

3) Earlier in the month some idiot, and I use the term kindly as there are a lot more appropriate words I could use but for the sake of common decency won’t, backed into the Porsche…which we are trying to sell!

If (1) is considered a complete cluster-whoopsie of a month and (10) is considered a month full of happiness, sunshine and success then I’d rate February 5/10. Not a lot of sunshine means not a lot of happiness and financial shocks aren’t that fun either.

How was your February?

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From the Galley: Brown Lentil & Pasta Soup

Posted in: From the Galley on Thursday, February 7th, 2013
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The ‘before’ shot

Lentils are members of the legume family and have been part of the human diet since approximately 9500BC. They were one of the first crops domesticated in the Near East and come in colors ranging from yellow to red-orange to green, brown and black.  They’re a great source of protein, iron, zinc, dietary fibre, vitamin B5 and potassium.

This was a simple and delicious one-pot  lentil recipe that is well worth a try.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bacon, cut into small squares
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 50g of farfalline or spaghetti, broken into small pieces
  • 400g canned brown lentils
  • 1.25 litres hot vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • fresh parsley to garnish
Steps
  1. Place the bacon in a large pot with the onion, garlic and celery. Dry fry for 4-5 minutes, stirring, until the onion is tender and the bacon is just beginning to brown.
  2. Add the pasta to the ppt and cook, stirring, for 1 minute to coat the pasta in the fat
  3. Add the lentils and the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender but still firm to the bite.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the chopped parsley.  Transfer the soup to warmed soup bowls, garnish with fresh parsley sprigs and serve immediately.

The ‘after’ shot

Notes
  • The recipe originally required the use of a frying pan but due to the quantity of stock required I thought it best to use a large pot.
  • For the stock I used a powdered vegetable stock called Vegeta. I usually use the cartons of Real Stock but they take up a lot of space and won’t be a solution when we’re cruising.  Captain was of the opinion we should make our own stock which I said he was welcome to do…until then, Vegeta will be just fine.
  • I don’t like mint so and as it’s cook’s choice I substituted the mint with flat leaf parsley.
  • Captain suggested that the addition of potato would be nice, and since there aren’t many things that aren’t improved with potato, next time it’s going in the pot!

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