Chickpea Soup with Harissa

Chickpea Soup with Harissa

As it is often the case with my dishes, I am giving you merely suggestions of quantities. I am going to show you the method, but if you feel like you should play with the proportions there is nothing stopping you other than your own preferences.

Whole Baked Salmon

Whole Baked Salmon

Right Folks,

Here is a good one. This dish has an absolutely wonderful texture, and with the vegetables piled on top it really is a showpiece on the table. It is also a cool dish for camping trips because it is so easy to make. I had the idea for this dish after watching a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall TV show where he nailed a side of salmon to a board and left it up right by a bone fire. As you will see, I gave it a little Asian twist.

Michael's Rice Balls

Michael's Rice Balls

I love a good cookbook. I have probably too many at home in France and a rotation of current favourites that I take with me on board. It’s nice to leaf through a well-written cookbook, especially because I don’t always have a fast WiFi going. One of my favourite cook books in recent times has been Momofuko, the first book by a chef called David Chang, named after his first restaurant in New York. The book is a great source of base recipes, dressing and sauces that you can use anytime, anywhere.

Working on a Superyacht: Crew food during a crossing

Working on a Superyacht: Crew food during a crossing

Crew food on a trans-Atlantic voyage. This one is a more of an industry-specific post aimed at my fellow chefs at sea and anyone out there considering becoming one, but it is, I think, an interesting glimpse behind scenes too. It is essentially about provisioning and cooking in less than perfect conditions. Or, in my case, it’s about making sure you have all you need to keep a dozen people well-fed for two (often very long) weeks at sea.

Chef-at-sea Xmas Wish List

Chef-at-sea Xmas Wish List

I am jumping on the Polar Express and following everyone else out there with a Christmas Wish List of my own. If you are a cutting-it-close kind of person when it comes to Christmas shopping and if you are looking for some great gifts for a chef, cook, or a foodie loved one in your life, look no further.

Thermomix Recipe: Butternut Squash Puree / Pumpkin Puree

Thermomix Recipe: Butternut Squash Puree / Pumpkin Puree

n this recipe I will explain how to make a pumpkin puree using the thermomix. Enzo, my man in Capri calls this magnificent beast a zucca, which translates to pumpkin. It feels more like a massive butternut squash to me, but I guess it's the same family anyway. This is an awesome side dish alternative to a carrot puree or the mashed potatoes.

Best ever pasta dish: Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino

Best ever pasta dish: Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino

This pasta recipe is the one to rule them all, if you ask me. Before I got into this cooking whilst sailing business, I spent nearly three years in Australia. I moved about a bit, from Sydney, to Melbourne, then Adelaide. I fell in love with Australia and its friendly people, but more about that in another (travel) post.

Thermomix Recipe: Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

Thermomix Recipe: Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

This is my current boss’s favourite ice cream and the man knows his ice cream. My wife, on the other hand, is not so much into ice cream. Nor is she much into food, really. When I told her my next post is a cookies and cream ice cream recipe she replied she misses Prince. Okay, then.

A Fantastic and Simple Orecchiette with Tuna Recipe

A Fantastic and Simple Orecchiette with Tuna Recipe

My wife could probably live on pasta alone, and my kids are not far behind her. So, when they heard there is a new pasta recipe to test, they were well happy. The kids even more so when they realized that it would be a new shape and that the name translates to little ears. 

A Forever Staple: Italian Tomato Sauce

A Forever Staple: Italian Tomato Sauce

This is the tomato sauce I use in my galley. A good tomato sauce is one of the building blocks of a good kitchen. It is a base sauce used for many different dishes. I serve it with pasta, rice, meat, fish and vegetables. It is very simple to prepare. All you need is great quality produce and time.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Bread

Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Bread

I make these all the time on the yacht. They freeze well, defrost well and can be heated gently in the microwave or in the oven. What follows is a method of sorts...... more of a feeling really. You've got to find your way with bread, so be prepared for a fair amount of trial and error. It may get frustrating, but the satisfaction of baking your own bread is a serious one.

A Fantastic Healthy Quinoa Salad

A Fantastic Healthy Quinoa Salad

Most of us want to eat healthy these days, as much as some of us may be getting tired of being told we should eat healthy. At least that's the feeling I am having lately. So, it is cool to have a situation when a healthy dish low-key wins the night. This is what happened earlier this year, when our bank account manager came for dinner.

Dark Chocolate Covered Doughnuts

Dark Chocolate Covered Doughnuts

The wife has told me to immediately give you the ingredients, so that any of you chefs or cooks who stumble across can decide quickly whether it's a yay or a nay, especially when we are talking more complicated dishes. Trust me, this one is a yay, simple and delicious. So, the list and the recipe are right below, you can snap them or jot them down and crack on with your day. I also took photos of the entire process, so you don't have to snap or jot down if you don't feel like it. I hope you enjoy.