Kelly has a Bachelor of Ecotourism and a passion for the natural world. Before her life as a full-time traveller and freelance writer, she was a personal trainer and has also worked as a snorkelling guide on the Great Barrier Reef. Kelly has written, and published, educational children's activity books and is now dabbling at writing a cookbook. She has raised three sons, operated her own business and spent two years travelling around Australia - towing a fishing boat and living in a tent. Kelly and her hubby now live on their 45ft sailing yacht. They plan to sail slowly around the world, visiting as many places as possible.
This is another meal we made using the tuna caught on our sail from Cape Jaffa to Rivoli Bay in South Australia’s south east. In fact Dwayne cooked this and the accolades are all his, however there was a small group effort involve due to the circumstances.
The day after catching this very delicious little fishie, we were motor-sailing to Port MacDonnell. There was not a breath of wind but the swell was four metres. The swell makes me feel very ill so I was sitting up on the cabin top in the fresh air, with Katrina who was on this trip with us (Katrina also felt sick in the cabin at this stage).
Dwayne decide he wanted tuna pasta for lunch so he asked me what he should do. So as I sat on the cabin top making suggestions as to what he should put in it, Katrina sat in the cockpit chopping the veggies and Dwayne was in the galley cooking up an awesome warm savoury meal which is just what Katrina and I needed!
Dwayne made his creamy tuna sauce with garlic, onion, white wine, chilli, zucchini, capers, lime juice and cream. The end product was delicious!
Marlin, marlin, marlin! We are still eating marlin regularly and surprisingly I am not running out of interesting ways to cook it. I have a few more ideas to try out yet, but this pie is another one of my favourites. Marlin is a firm fish and it gave this pie a real meatiness.
Here is what I did…
I sautéed one finely diced carrot, one stick of celery finely diced, one onion finely diced and one rasher of bacon diced. Once the veggies started to soften I added one cup of fish stock*and further cooked the veggies as I simmered the fish stock to reduce it by half.
Then I added 200ml of cream (longlife which I always have on the boat) and the cubed marlin. Stirred to combine all the ingredients and then pour it into two deep ramekins.
I topped the ramekins with pastry and popped them in the oven.
The marlin does not take long to cook, so as soon as the pastry was puffed and browned I served the pies. They were really, really yummy!
*Note: I used fish stock cubes that I picked up at an Asian grocer, Ikan Bilis, the brand is Knorr. They are very strong and worked perfectly with this pie.
More often than not, I cook dinner with only the ingredients on board i.e. no trip to the shop to get lettuce or tomato. If I want to make a salad it will often consist of tinned beans or quinoa and any vegetable I may have on board. Our fridge is not very big so I cannot often get veggies that take up a lot of space such lettuce, or veggies that damage easily. I do however sprout my own beans and seeds.
On this particular day in Broken Bay we were tucked away in Jerusalem Bay enjoying the seclusion when I had a hankering for a fresh salad with my dinner.
A search through my fridge revealed a carrot, half a zucchini, finger limes and a container of freshly sprouted mung beans. We also had oranges and some mustard seeds sprouting which were ready to use.
So here is what I did.
I made a salad with grated carrot and zucchini. Added peeled and chopped orange, mung beans, mustard sprouts and the pulp from one finger lime.
I served my salad topped with barbequed blue fin tuna (caught in South Australia) and finished it with a drizzle of dressing made with orange juice, Dijon mustard and olive oil. Garnished with more finger lime. Yum!
Note: Finger Lime is a delicate rainforest tree that naturally occurs as an understorey tree in SE Queensland and Northern NSW.
We put the crab pot out to try and catch crabs while moored in Fame Cove, Port Stephens NSW. No luck with crabs but we didn’t go away empty handed, we did get an octopus.
One of our favourite happy hour nibbles is pickled octopus, so we set to work making it.
Dwayne’s first job is to get it out of the net; I just can’t handle the thought of it wrapping it’s tentacles around my arms (which it does!).
Dwayne prepares it by removing it’s head and the skin , then cutting it into individual tentacles.
I place the tentacles into a pot and put it on the lowest possible heat (adding no water). I simmer the octopus for about 30 minutes. The pot fills with liquid as the octopus simmers.
When cooked I slice the octopus into bite-size pieces and place them in a container with one part white vinegar, one part sweet spiced vinegar, half a packet of pickling spice mix, a pinch of chilli flakes and a slice onion. Then refrigerate it!
When I serve the octopus I place it in a serving dish and drizzle it with a little olive oil, yum.
We just had lunch and I had to share it with you guys. This was just so yummy!
I barbequed skewers of marlin, mushroom, cherry tomatoes and red onion. I served these with a green pea mash. Simple…. all I did was sauté a clove of garlic and half an onion with olive oil, then I added frozen peas and a 1/4 cup of chicken stock, cooked it for 5 minutes then pureed it. Al la Marlin Skewers on Green Pea Mash. Yum!
Sailing between Port Stephens and Coffs Harbour in NSW we caught a blue marlin. It was amazing! After two hours of reeling him in and letting him run, the game finally ended with us the victors and a freezer full of marlin. Read about The Marlin!
We have 55 bags of frozen marlin steaks, around ten bags of belly flaps and other off cuts to use in curries, pies etc and with the last of the meat that we got off the marlin (the scraps on the bones), I made pickled marlin.
I boiled white vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, fennel and coriander seeds, peppercorns, garam masala and chilli. I added sliced onion to the vinegar mix after I had taken it off the heat. I then set the vinegar and onions aside for about 1 hour until the mix had cooled. The final step was to simply add the marlin. Viola! Pickled marlin.
For this pickled fish, I simply mixed white vinegar, soy, lime juice, chilli, garlic and brown sugar. I then layered the marlin and sliced onion in a container and poured the vinegar mix over it. Done and very delicious if I do say so myself!