Boat Trip Day 8

Dad and I took the grady over to Waddington Channel this morning to fish the slack tide. There were tons of fish on the sounder and loads of bait. Unfortunately we caught a dogfish, ugly shark looking creatures that are not good eating at all. Well I actually don’t know that for sure since I’ve […]

No Honey, damn

I was hoping to get some local honey, made by a resident of Refuge cove. I followed the sign where it looks like the honey had been available by the honor system, with a box to leave your money in, but unfortunately it was sold out. Can you imagine the yummy goodness of local honey […]

Boat Trip Day 7 – Refuge Cove

  Dan flew out of Refuge Cove today. Refuge is a cute little place started in the 1970’s as a co-op.  There is a fuel dock, a small grocery store, showers, bathrooms, a little café and gift store with some local crafts, books and cowhichan wool sweaters. I’ve never understood why they sell cowichan sweaters […]

Seafood Coconut Curry Stew (cod, snapper, mussels)

As I mentioned before, cooking on the boat is often more about what fresh seafood do we have, what’s in the fridge and pantry, and what needs to be used up. This is an un-recipe I make every summer. It’s never the same but it’s always delicious. I sautéed half a sweet onion, the last […]

Boat Trip Day 6 cont. – more shrimp, goodbye seal pup, hello fish stew

Today is Dan’s last full day. He’ll fly out of Refuge Cove tomorrow on a seaplane. I’m sad that he’s leaving, but glad he’ll be going home and seeing our dog.  We hauled the shrimp pots this morning and came up with well, a haul! 199 total, but I’ll just round it up to an even […]

Mussel Beach, Mussel Tree, Mussel Curry

I love mussels. Growing up boating each summer I have pretty much become a seafood snob. There is nothing like having fresh mussels, clams, or oysters from the beach, or shrimp/prawns pulled from the pot that day. Most shellfish in a restaurant (even if it’s “fresh”) just doesn’t compare  – and in Seattle, we have […]

Boat Trip Day 6 – more seal pup

Woke up this morning and checked on our little seal pup. He’s still tucked up in the exhaust manifold where I assume he spent the whole night. His back little fins are curled up into him, like he’s trying to be as small as possible, or maybe just trying to be comfortable. We will be […]

Boat Trip Day 5 – lingcod fishing

This morning Dan and I took the grady out into a nearby main channel where we could get cell reception and make a few calls. Dan received news that he’s been invited to show in an art show happening in downtown Seattle at a place called Axis. Yay! We then decided to spend the afternoon […]

Boat Trip Day 2 Seal Pup

After the huge celebration last night with a raft of 7 boats, celebrating my dad’s 50th year of coming up to BC on a boat, we decided to haul anchor and move to one of my favorite spots. We arrived, anchored and were barely settled when a little baby seal came up to the boat. It […]

Prawn Skewers: Rubbed and Grilled

  We only get prawns in one choice anchorage up here, but it ALWAYS produces. It’s not uncommon to have 70+ in a pot. The record this trip was 199 in two pots. One of our favorite ways to prepare prawns is to de-head them, skewer the tail (shell and all), rub in olive oil […]