This is from Ann, not Jim...
Mimsy, a friend of ours who didn't cook at all, found a book called something like "Cooking with Five Ingredients". It was a great get-started book for a cruiser, and he quickly graduated to experimenting with herbs and making company desserts. So I guess it was not too bad!
The Poster who wrote about learning
to bake bread was quite right: if you have the heart to put up with the heat from baking, you'll be amazed at the kudos a pair of freshly baked loaves will bring you. And of course, once you've got the hang of yeast baking, then there are lots of baked items for pot lucks. A single
hander man brought 2 fresh loaves one time in Mexico
, and my, oh my, it was delicious!
Here's a simple focaccia bread:
3 - 4 Tbsp. olive oil
1 pkg. yeast } In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water
1 1/2 c. warm, not hot, water
} stand 5 min.
2 1/2 c. flour }
1/2 tsp. salt
} Add to yeast
2 Tbsp. olive oil }
Beat flour into yeast mix; knead, cover, let rise 45 min. Knead again.
Drizzle 1 T. oil over bottom of a 10 x 15 (or use a 10 x 13, if the larger one
won't fit in your oven). Moosh the dough out into the pan. Drizzle oil over top. Sprinkle with thyme. Dimple top with fingers. Bake at 400 deg . F. 30-35 min.
The variation I like best with this is to very lightly saute 2 small onions, sliced plus 1 large clove of garlic, diced, and sprinkle them over it before dimpling the top. You can add any lightly sauteed veg. or salami, but DON'T make pizza.
Simple dessert: grated coconut and bananas. Slice the bananas and dredge them in grated coconut. It's a finger food
sugary playground! Seems to go over quite well -- I was surprised.
There have already been some lovely posts, so I'll stop here. PM me here c/o Jim, if you want more.
All the best,
Ann Cate, s/v Insatiable II, lying Gladstone, Qld., Australia