When you have leftover bread on your charter yacht you can use it for a bait or as food for fish. Even better, you can use it to make bruschette – a traditional antipasto (starter/appetizer) in Italy. There are a lot of different ways of preparing bruschette – the roasted bread, tomato, basil and olive oil are the base. Then you add anything you like!
Probably the most loved and the most cooked food during sailing week is pasta. Pasta onboard is very useful because it is very simple to cook it; it is usually served with some kind of sauce which makes it a complete meal. The simplest recipe for pasta would be spaghetti aglio e olio – with garlic and oil.
Last summer I helped an inexperienced crew moor a boat, so they invited me to dinner to thank me. They decided to make a salad with sausages and peppers. You cook the sausages, cut green and red peppers, add some onion rings and make a delicious dressing with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper.
Minestrone is basically a vegetable soup. It originates from Italy and literally translated it means a big soup, so it can be served as a main course. Minestrone consists of vegetables, but if you want to enrich it add some dried Istrian sausage or dried beef meat. Feel free to share your ideas and impressions.
Farfalle, a bow-tie shaped pasta, is great because the shape of the pasta enables fine merging with the sauce. Make the sauce with marinated olives, garlic, peeled cut tomatoes, salt, pepper and a glass of dry white wine. Then add the tiny sliced marinated or salted anchovies and dry oregano leaves. This meal goes great with a glass of dark red wine.
Meat risotto is a perfect meal for everyone who likes a little change from the traditional seafood meals on a charter yacht. Like most of Dalmatian and Mediterranean meals, you should simmer the cut onions, add meat and fry it so it releases its flavor. Then add the rice and simmer it together until it absorbs the flavors of the meat.
Our skipper brings you new ideas for another great and easy meal onboard. Bolognese sauce is easy to make but tasteful, and it goes great with spaghetti or fusilli. With a little imagination and experimentation you can make a wonderful new meal. Don’t be afraid to try some of these ideas and share with us your comments.