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The Dish: Summer is Here & the Living is Easy

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Mocka Jumbies and Rum...

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Enjoy these easy-to-prepare recipes that give you energy, and keep you shipshape.


Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 20 minutes. Serves: 2 – 4

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1 medium onion chopped
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 cups vegetable broth
½ tsp turmeric
½tsp coriander
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp cardamom
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 cups cubed (1/2 inch) sweet potatoes
3 cups fresh spinach or 6oz frozen spinach, thawed
Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

Let onion and garlic sit for 5 minutes after being chopped and minced. Heat olive oil in large skillet. Sauté onion for about 5 minutes, then add garlic and continue to sauté for another minute or so, stirring frequently. Mix in seasonings and sauté, one minute. Add lemon juice; stir to mix thoroughly. Add sweet potatoes and vegetable broth. Cover and simmer over low heat until sweet potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes – stir occasionally. Uncover and cook another couple of minutes. Add spinach and cook another few minutes (add more broth if necessary). Add cilantro, salt and pepper.

Note: Serves two as main dish, four as a side dish


Prep time: 15 minutes. Serves: 2 – 4

1 lb asparagus, slice stalks on the diagonal, leaving tips whole
3 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 tsp canola oil
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 bunch radishes, trimmed and cut into wedges
3 tbsp finely chopped scallion

Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Then fill a medium bowl with ice water and place by the stove. Place asparagus in the steamer basket and steam until they’re tender-crisp, about 1 minute. Transfer the asparagus immediately to the ice water for about 30 seconds. Drain.

In a large bowl combine vinegar, soy sauce, canola oil, sesame oil, and ginger. Add the asparagus, radishes and scallion; toss to combine.

Serve warm or room temperature.

Note: This dish is delicious paired with grilled shrimp and rice noodles.

Hint: If time, make ahead and allow the flavors to meld together.


Prep time: 20 minutes. Makes: 20 balls

¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
6 medjool dates, pitted
¾ cup walnuts
½ cup grated carrots
¼ cup hemp seeds
¼ cup honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ground cloves

Set aside ¼ cup shredded coconut in a shallow dish for rolling. Place remaining ingredients in a high-powered food processor and process until fully combined. Form mixture into 1-inch balls and roll in reserved shredded coconut, coating balls completely. Transfer to a baking sheet and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

Hint: Keep chilled or freeze in an airtight container for up to a few months.


Capt. Jan Robinson’s Ship to Shore Cookbook Collection is available at your local marine or bookstore. Visit www.shiptoshoreINC.com E-mail CapJan@aol.com.

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Capt. Jan Robinson
Capt. Jan Robinsonhttp://www.shiptoshoreinc.com/
Capt. Jan Robinson’s Ship to Shore Cookbook Collection is available at your local marine or bookstore. Visit www.shiptoshoreINC.com email CapJan@aol.com Tel: 704-277-6521. Don’t miss the new cookbook added to Jan’s collection: DINING ON DECK

So Caribbean you can almost taste the rum...

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