Galley Wench Tales

Exploring the world through the people we meet
and the food they eat.

cruising life cooking in the bahamas
My last cloth potholder; worse for the wear.

Damn!  Burned my 2nd and last cloth potholder.  

This calls for a Galley Wench humble pie recipe.  Don’t try this at home or on your boat!

Potholder Flam beau
Even if your BBQ is on the fritz, you can eat your potholder instead.

1 propane stove
1 potholder
0 counter space, inviting Galley Wench to set potholders close to active burner
   pinch of wind


  1. Mix, turn away your attention from lit, propane stove for 10 seconds, and ta-da!   You’re cookin’ now! Remove before the potholder flames, taking care not to fan the flames, whether they’ve started to or not.  Use metal tongs if your potholder’s progressed beyond the smoke phase.
  2. Drop smoking potholder in galley sink.  Ideally the sink is otherwise empty.
  3. Cover with a non-flammable something, like a pot lid to cut off airflow that otherwise fan the flames.
  4. Once the embers subside enough, it’s safe to further diffuse the smoke with water.
  5. Move wet, burnt  potholder to cockpit, positioning the burnt parts off the fiberglass, so they will not stain the cockpit.
  6. Discard, or, if not possible, trim the burnt parts until you’re able to replace the potholder.
  7. Buy silicon potholders in the future, better yet, along with a bigger boat with a bigger galley.

cooking gluten-free cruising in the bahamas
My one lonely silicon potholder;
getting more… eventually.

Side Bonus
Even without liquid smoke or a working BBQ you have now have a genuinely smoke scented galley.  Hmmm, maybe if you’re having holding tank issues, it’s worth doing deliberately. However, I can tell you from firsthand experience, boiling water with cinnamon and cloves is much more pleasant.


cooking gluten-free cruising in the bahamas
Tilted brownies.  Less the one inch in the front, about two inches
in the back.  Next time, making sure oven’s gimballed
rather than locked into place.

Titled Brownies

Forget to gimball your oven while baking.  Result?  If anchorage is rolly or boat is listing  brownies (in this case) rise 1″ high on one side of the pan and 2″ high on the other.  Oops!  Still tasted good.

Close with Success

Redeem yourself with from scratch beef stroganoff, using home-made Greek yogurt as a sour cream substitute.

Beef Stroganoff – Gluten Free

1 1/2 lbs lean steak, diced into small cubes
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 T + 1 t butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 1/2 t garlic, finely minced
2 4 oz cans of mushroom pieces
1 c red wine
1 T beef bullion (chicken will do in a pinch — used Better Than Bullion low sodium)
1 T Worcestershire
1 C water
2 T cornstarch
1 C water
1 t lemon juice
1 C sour cream (used home made plain Greek yogurt instead)

Noodles (used Ronzoni GF rotoni, 12 oz. box), cooked to package directions, drained in colander then lightly buttered (from 1 t butter) for each serving.


  1. Sprinkle kosher salt and ground pepper to taste over diced steak.
  2. Heat skillet and melt butter.  Add seasoned steak and cook until lightly browned.  Set aside to re-add later.
  3. Add onions to skillet and cook until transparent.
  4. Add garlic, and mushrooms, stir, and cook 1 minute.
  5. Add browned meat, red wine,  bullion, Worcestershire, water and bring to simmer.
  6. Add cornstarch, 1 teaspoon at a time, stirring well after each add to avoid clumping.  Simmer until thickened.
  7. Stir in lemon juice, then sour cream, until well blended.
  8. Serve!  Spoon meat sauce over buttered noodles.

Location, Location
Feb 25, 2014. BAHAMAS. Prescheduled from  Black Point, Great Guana Cay, Exumas (N24.10.937  W.76.24.291). By the time you read this, we’ll be anchored at  a TBD isolated harbor further South on Great Guana Cay (no internet) working our way to Georgetown.  Or, maybe in Georgetown.