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Monday, October 8, 2007

Of Sailors & Discoveries

Yes, yes, yes, I know today is Columbus Day and perhaps, (and that's a big P in perhaps) you expect the holiday to be reflected in this post. But, I wasn't around in 1492 so I'm not really sure about Columbus and the whole discovery thing that we Americans celebrate. One thing I am kinda of sure of is, he may have made it to the Caribbean.


Well, as I was preparing for this post today, I discovered I have a wonderful Caribbean cookbook titled Maverick Sea Fare, a Caribbean Cook Book by Dee Carstarphen. It really is quite a treasure. Dee takes us on a virtual tour of the Caribbean Islands. Through her eyes and tiny ship we meander through the islands sharing meals, discussions and native secrets. Maverick Sea Fare is delightfully illustrated and darned with the kind of island trivia that only a seafaring wife and chef could plate. Or as Dee shares, "A Little Book Dedicated to the Good Years with Captain Jack."

Trying to pick out a recipe to include today is no easy task. Dee shares with the reader the early morning ritual of preparing the passengers or Mavericks as she calls them for their voyage. So, should I include her recipe for Maverick French Toast? It sounds intoxicating. Lunchtime is informal on board as is the hidden picnic "if the gods of the sea and wind are kind" it will be presented in a "rocky shady cave." Should I include Fernando's Macaroni Salad for 20? Decide. Menus vary according to availability but one staple that seems to always be available is of course, rum. Who could resist a recipe for Pina Colada Souffle'?

Separate 2 eggs. Beat yolks in saucepan. Add 1/8 tsp. salt and 1-1/4 cups pineapple juice, 1/2 cup coconut cream and 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin. Heat and stir-simmer about 5 minutes till spoon coats and the gelatin is dissolved. Take from heat and add 1/4 cup rum. Stir and chill. When mixture mounds add the 2 egg whites which have been beaten stiff with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Chill until set. Serve with whipped cream or grated nutmeg over the top. Serves 6.
Resources
Long list of recipes @ Caribbean Choice

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