Friday, October 15, 2010

In the Galley

One of the toughest jobs on a boat is provisioning. You not only have to deal with issues such as refrigeration or the lack there of, but often you have issues with product accessibility and storage space.

Then you have the issue of a very picky kid who raises her eyebrows at anything which looks unfamiliar. Maura usually comes around, but if I present new foods in a familiar format she is more likely to try it.

I'm still working out the kinks while we are land based in order to make the move easier. We won't be able to run to the market anytime we like and we are rather limited on space. Due to the space limitations, pantry items that serve multiple uses are key.

Our current loved item? Rice Krispies. In a bowl with some milk- breakfast. Scattered on the Bumbo tray- a baby friendly nibble. Mixed with marshmallow fluff and butter? Delicious Rice Krispie treats. It also makes a tasty coating for fish or chicken.

I've been working on recipes that are kid friendly in hopes of making the switch to full time liveaboard cruiser a bit easier for the kids. I'm not a chef, I wouldn't even consider myself a good cook, but I can fake it fairly well. Here's how we make oven baked fish nuggets. You would do the same for chicken but fish are much more plentiful along the water than chickens are!

Place a cup or two of Rice Krispies in a Ziploc bag. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.
Close the bag and give it to the kid. Tell them to crush the Rice Krispies. Do not worry if your kid pounds the bag with their fist, you were smart and got the double seal bags.
Pat the fish or chicken dry with a paper or dish towel.
Cut your fish or chicken into nugget sized pieces. For fish, cut the nuggets a bit thicker.
Put a beaten egg or egg beaters in a  bag, put in your protein and shake until coated.
Place the egg washed nuggets into the bag of seasoned, crushed Rice Krispies.
Give it to the kid and shake until the nuggets are coated.
Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet in a 350 degree oven and bake. Fish will take about 10 minutes, chicken closer to 15-20 depending on the size of the nuggets.

Voila! You have tricked your kid into thinking you are serving them fast food.


  1. That looks scrumptious! You may be interested in a community that my fiancee and I have started at The mission of galleyswap is to get together a group of sailors that enjoy sharing recipes and galley tips.


  2. Thanks for the heads up Mike. I will definitely check it out!

  3. Food is a real challenge. For passages I get lots of pre cooked and frozen food which can be heated and turned into tasty meals easily underway. Getting decent food in the Caribe or Bahamas can be a real challenge if you're used to what's available stateside.

    I don't envy you cookjng for the girls. I look forward to reading how you finesse this.