I’ve been going to sea since I was a young girl on Long Island. I fished with my father out of Montauk Point and Freeport. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, I followed in the footsteps of my brothers and became a commercial fisherman. I worked the back deck of salmon and tuna trollers off the coast of Oregon and California, but knew the big adventures were in the North, out of Alaska. Working the deck of the large trawlers was out of the question for a ‘girl’ in the early eighties, so I did what girls were supposed to do – I cooked. I was awful at it. I could burn a grilled cheese, and my breads were best suited for fish food. But the lure of life at sea was great enough that I kept going back. With time, I learned to cook and learned to love the idea of being a central part of the life of the people I work with.
I’ve cooked throughout the Aleutian Islands, up and down the U.S. Pacific Coast, through most of the ‘Ring of Fire,’ and as far as the Southern Ocean, also known as the Antarctic Ocean. I sailed down the West Coast on the S/V Golden Hinde – a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s flagship. Today, I’m a merchant marine working as chief steward aboard the University of Hawai’i’s research vessel, Kilo Moana.
Through my website and blog, I hope to give you a picture of life at sea. If I can share some recipes and give some information about food and cooking and the important role it plays, so much the better.
Regardless of whether you’re on land or water, I wish you fair winds and a following sea.