Thursday, September 6, 2012

Alaska and Caribbean, Bahamas and Conch.

Sharon K. Mayhew of Random Thoughts has been writing a lot about her trip to Alaska which has been making me green with envy. It is a cruise I would really like to do some day. We only ever did one real cruise and that was in the Caribbean a long time ago now, or so it seems. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip which only lasted a week and began and ended at Puerto RicWest Indieso (that’s pwerto not porto). We visited quite a few islands, the first night and day we sailed to Grenada and then worked our way back. Sailing at night and visiting a different island each day. I wrote a daily diary whilst we were cruising and its nice to look back, also to look at the postcards I stuck in the diary as well.  When we used to travel in our little trailer, I always wrote a diary of the trips and stuck postcards in to illustrate where we were. Nowadays, I guess I use a blog instead. The diaries were a precursor of blogging I suppose, never thought of that before.

The only other ‘cruise’ of sorts that we did was a three day jaunt to the Bahamas, conch saladwe took ship at Fort Lauderdale, had a 5 hr. trip with excellent food on board, then spent a couple of nights on the island and came back in the evening of the third day. More excellent food on the ship including a 7 course dinner which we paid a little extra for. We also very much enjoyed our time on Grand Bahama island and got to try conch fritters and conch salad. The latter I didn’t get up the courage to try until the last day and was very upset that I hadn’t tried it before, could have kicked myself. I had previously eaten conch stew in the Carolinas which I hadn’t enjoyed so was reluctant to try. Dunno if they are exactly the same critter or not. Rum is so cheap in the Caribbean, mixes are expensive.

I’ll tell you something, by the time we leave on Friday, I will be needing a holiday. Tuesday I had a couple of doctor’s visits, Wednesday foot nurse, hair cuts, and getting my Avon orders to my customers as well as sorting out a few things for packing. Thursday packing, packing and more fried flounderpacking. I am exhausted now!!! Re doctor’s visits by the way, I will be going in for more vascular surgery, no idea when. I am not sure when my next blog will occur. We will be leaving Friday morning fairly early. When we get to the cottage on Saturday, I will have no internet access so periodically I will have to go to the realtor or somewhere to get access. So until next time, picture us enjoying flounder, oysters and shrimp.

This recipe sounded good and will be one I try when we get home again. I love soupy things like this with rice or noodles.

Japanese Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl

WebMD Recipe from

Here's the quintessence of Japanese home cooking: an aromatic, protein-rich broth served over rice. Admittedly, Japanese cooking leans heavily on sugar - for a japanese_chicken_scallion_rice_bowlless traditional taste, you could reduce or even omit the sugar. 

  • 1 1/2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (traditional ingredient bit like rice wine)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 6 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced


  1. Prepare instant brown rice according to package directions.
  2. Pour broth into a heavy medium saucepan, along with sugar, soy sauce and mirin. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low.
  3. Stir egg whites and whole egg in a small bowl until just mixed. Add chicken to the simmering broth. Gently pour in the egg mixture, without stirring. Sprinkle scallions on top. When the egg starts to firm up, after about 3 minutes, stir it with chopsticks or a knife. (The chicken will be cooked by now.) Divide the rice among 4 deep soup bowls and top with the chicken mixture.

Have a great day



  1. So go for it and take an Alaskan cruise!

  2. Hi Jo, looking forward. to seeing ya'll....I know the Sugar Shack has Wi-Fi, guess you would need the adaptor for it. I know nothing about that, I know Elli had the hook up to the Wi-Fi But you can surely bring your laptop over here and do your blog, and take a dip in the pool....we'll figure out when we can fit a cookout or just a meal into ya'll's, I'm sure, busy schedule. Love ya'll, Dottie

    1. No as far as I know the Sugar Shack does not have wifi but Elli borrowed a hot spot finder from her sinlaw who, of course, has all the gadgets. Emerald Isle has wifi too. But the idea of blogging and dipping sounds good.

  3. Have a great holiday and come back refreshed and invigorated.

    1. Thanks, I will do my best to obey your wishes LOL

  4. Someday I hope I can do a cruise. I'll just pretend I'm not in the middle of a body of water in a boat and just enjoy the food.

    A Faraway View

    1. Nervous of deep water Lee? Having been 'brung' up on it, I never think about it and yes, the food is usually excellent especially on the trip we did from Fort Lauderdale, especially good.

  5. Six happy years together. Such a perfect matching. You're entering the 7 year itch zone. This is no time for scratching.
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