Accompaniments, Salsas and Appies

NautiKel Bruschetta– a common stand by for gatherings and pot lucks, a Very requested dish on our boat.

4-6 tomatoes,de-seeded and cut in tiny bits with sharp knife,

1 med-large onion  bruschetta

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Fresh Basil, chopped finely- to your liking, I like lots

2-3 TBsp lemon juice

a few splashes Balsamic vinegar

4-8 peppercorns, smashed

salt to taste

EV Olive Oil

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, be generous

Combine all ingredients in bowl, and mix well. Be generous with the parmesan cheese and olive oil. Allow flavors to blend for a few hours if you have the time. Serve with fresh baguette.

*I prefer Roma tomatoes for their sweeter flavor but they are not always available.

Vegetable parcels

1 ½ ounces butter, mixed with 1 tsp garlic power, 1 tsp dried parsley, fresh ground pepper to taste, lemon juice from one lemon

2 large zucchini- cut into chunks   Vegetable packages

2 trimmed corn cobs ( slices thickly)

1 large onion

2 bell peppers

Place veggies on foil squares large enough to bundle and seal, Cook on BBQ flat plate until until tender. Top with butter mixture.


Orange Pistachio Couscous

Couscous is one of those dishes that go a long way for gatherings or for a crew, I feel it is under utilized, and can hold a lot of flavour.

2 cusp chicken stock,

2 cusps couscous   orange pistachio couscous

2 medium oranges,

2 green onions, sliced thinly

1/3 cup unsalted pistachios ( or almonds, or cashews)

Bring stock to boil and stir in couscous, cover and let stand until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with Fork occasionally. Segment oranges over top of couscous to catch the juice, then stir in oranges and onions.   Serve with your favorite chicken recipe.

Peach Salsa / Pineapple / Papaya / Mango

1 Small red onion,

2 large peaches or mangoes  mango-salsa

2 TBsp finely chopped fresh parsley, or cilantro or a mixture of both

1 fresh long red chili, 1Tbsp malt vinegar.

Lime juice

½ bell pepper

* add a bit of diced cucumber if you have it

Dice fruit into small pieces. Combine all in bowl and allow flavors to combine.

To make Pineapple, us a quarter large pineapple. Use the leftover half of a firm papaya

Corn Salsa

I will often make this as a salad.  don’t be afraid to get creative, add some Kidney Beans or other types, Avocado, or a little sour cream.

1 tin kernel corn  Corn Salad Salsa

1 bell pepper, chopped finely

2 tomatoes, chopped finely with sharp knife

1 small onion,

1 garlic clove peeled, smashed, chopped,

Fresh cilantro to taste,

Fresh ground salt and pepper

Lime juice to taste.

Olive oil

Combine all together in bowl and season to you liking. Add a Thai chili pepper if you like spicy.