November 27, 2014

Conch Salad or the best ceviche recipe


I have tried different ceviche in different countries and I think this is the best ceviche recipe.

The main secret is to use FRESH ingredients, nothing from the cans or plastic bottles.

  • fresh conch or fish
  • fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice 
  • red onion
  • hot pepper
Citrus juice have to slightly cover conch mixed with red onion and hot pepper, need to let it sit at least for half hour and up to 24 hours in the fridge.
Just before serving take off some citrus juice from ceviche and add the following ingredients. Everything is finely chopped.
  • sweet pepper 
  • tomatoes
  • cilantro
  • fresh juice of half orange (optional)
Serves like a salad or like appetizer with corn chips

bon appétit,
Daria Friday

November 25, 2014

Happy Monday!


Today I chose it is the pirate's life for me... Started the morning off right with pirate pancakes!

Arghhh....

November 23, 2014

Life Update and the recipe of my Banana Bread!


So what is going on with me right now on the  22th of November?

My new home for a season is Summer Star, a Hatteras 80.  Traveling with Captain Ralph and Ethan, a fishing guide from Alaska.

Right now we are in Spanish Wells getting a fresh coat of bottom paint!  While Summer Star is getting her makeover, I am staying on Moor2Life, another Hatteras, with my friends Sharry and Peter, and little Rio, their adorable bengal cat. Soon we will be off again and cruising further south.

With fresh baked goods in mind for the season, I purchased some new requisite equipment for the trip.  I always wanted to try silicone pans.  After a mishap on Ebay I ended up with the wrong size pans - much smaller than what I thought I needed.  However, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.    The mini-loaf pans require only half the baking time!  30 mins, instead of the typically 1 hour for the standard pans.  The half hour makes a big difference on the boat.  When the oven is on it can turn the Summer Star's galley into a furnace.  So not only does cutting down the baking time save energy, it keeps the galley much cooler.  Great bonus in the Tropics!

Other benefits to using silicone bakeware:
  • Heats up quickly and bakes evenly
  • Cools quickly - will not burn your fingers!
  • Easy to remove from the pan
  • They are appliance friendly
  • Bake, store, freeze and reheat right in the pans
  • No rusting or staining
  • Lightweight and easy to store on the boat
Here is the recipe of my Banana Bread, which can be baked eggs free or/and gluten free
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup brown or other sugar 
  • 2 egg yolks + 1 3/4 flour (or GF flour)  
For eggs free, which is more convenient for boat, substitute - 1 1/2 cups plain flour + 3 tbsp soy flour or 3 tbsp flaxseeds flour for egg yolks
  • 1 tsp each - vanilla, soda + lemon juice, baking powder, xanthan gum (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/2 cup rum soaked raisins (add leftover rum in batter as well!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans or dark chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed very ripped bananas
Optional:
  • a few walnuts or pecans for decoration on the top
  • For spicy Banana Bread try 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg each and add to batter, 
Bake at 350F 
1 hour for 9"X5" silicone baking pan 
45 min for 2 - 5"x3" pans 
30 mins for 12 muffin pan or 6 mini loaf pan.

bon appétit,
Daria Friday

November 18, 2014

Happy Monday!

That's me, Pin-up Sailor Girl, climbing into the classic dink for classy girl.

After all a rough day at sea is better then any day in the office, don't you agree?

live your dream,
Daria Friday

November 11, 2014

Happy Monday!

just for the sailors...

The joke of the day is how do you say - "what the fuck" on VHF radio?

- WTF, over?
- W T F, do you copy me? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over?

Alien Daria Friday

November 7, 2014

The thought of the day

“When someone seeks," said Siddhartha, "then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.” 

Beautiful sunset on Maui, Hawaii