Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Boat Food

In honor of me being in Alaska this week (which probably explains all the guest posts to you now), I have decided to share with you not so much a recipe but a cooking method.
My husband grew up in a very small town in Alaska. His dad is a commercial fisherman. In our newlywed days when we didn't know how to buy groceries for just the two of us, or what to make for us, many of our evenings we had what my husband likes to call "boat food".
Boat food is what they would eat while out fishing. It basically means you scan the cupboards for whatever you've got (usually canned or boxed), throw it all together, and eat it! Think of it like a stove top casserole I suppose.

Anyway, boat food can be a variety of things but today I am going to give you a general recipe to give you an idea. You can use the same technique to use up leftovers without it being the same meal as the night before.

Boat Food
prep: minimal

box of spaghetti, macaroni, whatever you have!
1 can creamed corn
1 can peas
1 can cream of chicken soup

Boil pasta, add in other ingredients. Cook until warm, serve!

You can serve this with some bread and butter if you have it. It's a fast, easy thing to do when you're trying to cook with your food storage or just trying to avoid going to the grocery store.

The Review
Boat food usually is pretty good, as long as you don't get carried away and add the wrong things. Which brings me to another cooking lesson- Don't Get Carried Away. When you're cooking, if you're confident you may feel comfortable changing up the recipe, adding to it and making it your own. Which I think is a beautiful thing and something I am working towards. But if you are too confident, you may mess up and go overboard, maybe put too much seasoning, or two items that won't go well together. With boat food, vegetables will pretty much always compliment each other and mix well together but different kinds of meat won't always go well together, nor will soups or veggies with fruit so just be careful.

Overall this should work-out well for you and as long as you are not using raw meat, the only cooking time is just as long as it takes to warm up the food. It's not as pretty on the plate as if you were to make each thing separate, but it is a lot faster to make and it all ends up in the same place anyway. For ease of cooking and a pretty good taste it gets **** but loses a star for "plate appeal".

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