Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Marinated Artichokes

We are back in Baltimore, our home port for the Caribbean Season. As usual turn around days are hectic for everybody, but exciting at the same time. We have around 1800 guest leaving the ship after having had a great vacation (the weather was great, the ports beautiful and the beach BBQ stunning) and then after the ship gets cleaned from top to bottom, another 1800 guest are joining us, looking forward to a nice vacation. This time we will be out for 12 days doing the Eastern Caribbean with ports like St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Johns and St. Maarten........looks like we are visiting all the Saints in the Caribbean!

Anyway, this time in Baltimore we had to go out and get some special dishes for the ship, we have a Tapas station in one of our outlets and need to get more plates....not an easy thing in Baltimore. We were driving around for quite a while till we found everything and instead of just popping out for a short while it became a mission and a half, but we got what we needed, now we can continue doing our Tapas which are serve with live music, it is either our String Quartet that plays or we have a great Piano player

So my question to all the people in Baltimore, where can I find a really fantastic Kitchen Equipment store that has a great variety of China ware????? Help me here, please.

I still haven't gone to explore Baltimore, but what I could see so far is that it is a beautiful City, close to Washington DC. Two of my chefs went out to visit family and went all the way to see the White House....what an amazing experience I hope one day I can get there too!

So talking about Tapas, I got another Tapas Recipe, again, nice and simple, but very tasty

Marinated Artichokes
500 g (1 lb 2 oz) Artichoke quarters (Tinned)
30 g (1 oz) Shallots
15 g (0.5 oz) Garlic
A little bit Tarragon
A little bit Oregano
Kosher salt
White pepper
Olive Oil

Drain artichokes
Chop herbs finely
Mix all ingredients carefully
Season to taste
Marinate over night


  1. I have a thing about artichokes at the moment, and I love to dip the hearts in all manner of sauces.
    This looks delicious and it sounds from this and your other posts that you are having an incredible time. I bet the food you get to try is amazing.

  2. Yes, Artichokes have something that is difficult to grasp, something romantic and mystic, they are one of my favorite vegetables. I love my time on the ship, it is exciting, never a dull moment and we try, eat and cook a lot of delicious food


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