Showing posts with label British Virgin Islands. Show all posts
Showing posts with label British Virgin Islands. Show all posts

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Knock-off Painkiller #recipe @LucyBurdette (because sometimes you need one)


LUCY BURDETTE: A couple of years ago John and I went on a sailing vacation with my sister and her husband. This was a frugal do-it-yourself trip; we brought our own groceries and did the sailing ourselves.

Ha, ha, just kidding, that's not our boat, it's one of the abandoned liveaboards anchored off Key West. I fully admit that I'm not much of a sailor, acting mostly as ballast. The scenery couldn't have been more gorgeous, but I was not cautious enough about my tendency to seasickness. I will spare you the gory details, except to tell you that at the end of the first day I was happy to swim ashore and crawl onto a small island away from the water. With my head pounding and my world swirling, I did not even notice until an hour later that I was lying in close proximity to a dead goat!

Feeling so much better--with John!

Sue and Jeff--the real sailors
After some time ashore and much Dramamine, I recovered and enjoyed the rest of the trip. The fish were amazing--including barracudas, big sea turtles, a dancing line of squid who were as curious about us as we were about them. 

One of our favorite ways of celebrating the end of a day on the water was to go ashore and enjoy an island cocktail called a Painkiller. I finally got around to re-creating it – you do not need to wait for
a sailing vacation to try this!


Knockoff Painkiller cocktail

4 ounces pineapple coconut juice (Knudsen for me)
2 ounces orange juice
1 to 2 ounces Pusser's or other dark rum
Sprinkling of fresh nutmeg


Combine the liquids in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir well, then pour into glass filled with ice and garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg. This is definitely tasty enough to serve without the rum too, if you prefer...

Do not be surprised when you see this drink play an important role in KILLER TAKEOUT, coming next April, but available for pre-order today

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Lucy Burdette's Good-for-Anything Granola

LUCY BURDETTE:  I took a sailing vacation in the British Virgin Islands earlier this month--bare bones sailing, not the kind of trip that includes a captain and crew and cook. Unless you want to count me and my sister as cooks and crew, and my husband and brother-in-law as captain and first mate!

We brought a lot of our food to eat along the way, as some of the islands we visited are uninhabited--i.e., no restaurants and no grocery stores either! Since I am no sailor and had never done anything like this, I relied heavily on my sister's suggestions. Though when the idea of breakfast was floated, I offered to make a double batch of my favorite granola. (And the enormous bag of chocolate chip cookies--but those were your basic and reliable Toll House recipe.) I had served this granola at a family wedding brunch a couple of years ago and it was a huge hit.

Though there was one day when I couldn't face breakfast at all (Note to self--start the Dramamine earlier, much earlier), everyone else was crazy about this recipe. There was not so much as one oat flake left by the end of the week.  I like to buy organic ingredients as much as possible--because if you're going to do the work of making something special, it should be good for you too! (So go organic, as much as your budget allows.)


4 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup broken pecan pieces
3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup (use the real stuff!)
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use canola)
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup dried cherries (or raisins if you like them better)

Preheat the oven to 250. Mix oats, almonds, pecans, sugar, and coconut in a bowl. Combine syrup, oil and salt, and then mix into the grains and nuts. Now comes the only time-consuming part: spread the uncooked granola on baking trays. Bake for and hour and fifteen minutes, stopping every 15 minutes to stir the mixture so it browns evenly. Cool and add cherries or raisins. Store in an airtight container, but don't expect it to last very long. It also freezes well. Serve with milk or yoghurt.

Lucy Burdette is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries. DEATH IN FOUR COURSES will be released in September. Please follow Lucy on Twitter, or "like" her on facebook, or sign up for her mailing list!

In the great news department, her story "The Itinerary" (written as Roberta Isleib) has been nominated for an Anthony award.