New this week

May 11, 2018

Amalia Glacier, Chile

After leaving Punta Arenas the ship headed south and then west in the straits of Magellan towards the Pacific Ocean. Once there we turned north and continued until we reached the the Nelson Straits which we entered and begun going east. Still under the guidance of a Chilean Fjord Pilot the ship navigated inland through the various channels towards the Amalia Glacier. The glacier came into sight in the Sarmiento Channel and the Captain positioned... View Article

May 10, 2018

Forbidden black Rice, Baby Basmati, Black Chickpeas, Fava beans and Cauliflower

I was looking around the pantry for things that I haven’t used and found a jar with baby basmati rice and another with shiny black rice called Forbidden rice. Forbidden rice is a small grain black rice that in the past was reserved for Emperors of the Chinese dynasties. It was forbidden to be consumed by the common people, hence the name. The Emperors  believed that it had special health benefits and now we know... View Article

May 9, 2018

Punta Arenas, Chile – the magic of Patagonia

After cruising the Beagle channel with its majestic glacier avenue (aka glacier alley) we continued to cruise along the various fjords of southern Chile under the guidance of a Chilean Fjord pilot who boarded the ship to navigate us through the narrow channels. Early morning we were abeam the large Isla Dawson and headed north along the Straits of Magellan to Punta Arenas. We dropped anchor across from the port and the tenders were lowered... View Article

May 8, 2018

Black chickpeas hummus

Always curious about unusual ingredients, I picked up black chickpeas on our travels and finally got around to using them. I think I brought these back from Italy, where they are known as ceci neri (black chickpeas) but I believe some variety also grows in India. When dried they look small, black and wrinkly but these littles legumes pack a lot of flavour, dare I say even stronger flavour than the regular chickpeas.   I... View Article

May 7, 2018

Avenue of the Glaciers (aka Glacier Alley) in the Beagle Channel, Chilean Fjords

As we left Ushuaia the ship set an easterly course and once abeam (at right angle) to the lighthouse Faro Les Eclaireurs the ship altered course and begun sailing west on the Beagle Channel. Where the Beagle Channel splits into two arms the ship took the north one and entered a gorgeous channel known as Glacier Alley (I prefer the more elegant “Glacier Avenue“). Cruising the crystal waters, surrounded by rugged Andes mountains with their dramatic... View Article

May 5, 2018

Mushroom soup with cream and herbs

Still cool enough here to enjoy a warm bowl of soup and mushroom soup is one of my favourites. You can use a variety of mushroom to add flavour. I like texture so I sauté a few additional mushrooms briefly in olive oil and use as garnish. For a creamy vegan version use cashew cream in the puréed soup or as garnish on top. If you use bay leaves don’t forget to remove them before... View Article

May 5, 2018

Ushuaia, Patagonia, Argentina – Tiera del Fuego (land of fire) and El Fin del Mundo (“End of the World”)

After circling Cape Horn our ship headed north through the narrow Mar del Sur channel en route to Ushuaia. We then proceeded west through the Beagle channel and at 3:30 am the ship slowed its course and soon stopped off the coast of Puerto Williams for custom clearance before crossing back from Chile into Argentina. Needless to say we slept through this stop to the gentle rocking of the ship. Once we received clearance we... View Article

May 4, 2018

Grilled Eggplant with Miso Glaze

I have had a few good versions of Japanese eggplants in the past and have been looking for a way to recreate something similar at home. I found a recipe for miso eggplant in an Australian publication and worked with their recipe to make this dish. I think I would try it with Japanese eggplants next time although this version was nice. The recipe called for grilling it but I roasted it in the oven... View Article

May 3, 2018

Cape Horn, Chile – “Rounding the Horn”

The highlight of our trip around South America in terms of historical significance was sailing around Cape Horn. This rocky point on Hornos Island, part of the Tiera del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile, is where many seafarers perished in an attempt to cross these rough waters. The treacherous pass was the route from Europe to the far east and many ships went down trying to navigate around the Cape. The opening of the Panama... View Article

May 2, 2018

Beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts

I find that roasting a few beets (2-3 large ones) is useful as they keep in the fridge for a few days and you can use them to make a soup or salad or serve as a vegetable in various ways. Today I had two beets, previously roasted, and they were perfect to make a nice little beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts. I sliced them and then cut into cubes of equal size... View Article

May 1, 2018

Falkland Islands

    From Puerto Madryn we continued sailing south and east to our next destination, the Falkland Islands. Port Stanley on the East island cannot accommodate our large ship so we dropped anchor across from the port and traveled between the ship and shore in the life boats used as tenders. It was quite windy and the water was rough, splashing up along the sides of the tender.   The town of Stanley is sheltered... View Article

April 29, 2018

Magellanic Penguins at Punta Tombo National Reserve, Patagonia, Argentina

Puerto Madryn is the gateway to Peninsula Valdes in central eastern Patagonia, knowns as the best place to observe large marine life in their natural habitat. It is also the gateway to the Punto Tombo Natural Reserve, home to the largest colony of Magelan penguins in South America. I have seen whales but not penguins, so Porto Tombo it was.   We drove about 2 h south of Puerto Madryn along the coast hoping to... View Article