DIY Galley Cooking On A Small Sailboat Pt. 2

October 27th, 2010

Das boot.

I knew that I’d enjoy cooking on the boat. The size and ingredient constraints, being outdoors, simple tools and equipment that can drive some batty is actually fun for me. These are problems that I enjoy solving.

Problems such as how to store and cook fragile eggs on a small boat, how to prepare things such as pasta, rice and beans in the shortest amount of time as possible — aka with the least amount of fuel so as to not run out. Well, I really enjoyed working these things out and making tasty food on the boat during our two-week sail in late September.

I’m not trying to say that our trip was all about food. Most of the time we were jibing and tacking for long stretches with little more than a piece of beef jerky hanging out of our mouths and exploring all sorts of amazing San Juan Islands including James, Lopez, Jones, San Juan, Sucia, Matia and Orcas. Along the way we saw pods of porpoises, lots of seals, sea lions, otters, blue herons, and even a bald eagle. Two weeks in the San Juan Islands treated us well.

When we were sailing Tyler was captain and I did as he said. When we were cooking I was captain and he did as I said. I know that you care about food and drink too so here’s a bit of what we prepared on the boat and saw and did along the way. Part three will soon follow…

After we crossed Rosario Strait from Shannon Pt. Homemade cherry wine at our first stop -- James Island.

Breakfast the next morning -- meusli with nectarine (thank you Kim Carlson!) and strong coffee. There was an otter not too far away eyeing our food the entire time.

Once we got to Lopez Island later in the day Vern pulled up his crab pot in Odlin Bay where we buoyed the boat. He caught all of these Dungeness in only two hours.

Coffee on Jones Island with the Blacktail Deer.

Dockside cooking at Roche Harbor on San Juan Island.

En route to Sucia Island we called Waldron Island Turkey Island b/c we decided that once we were alongside that island we could eat these. Canned beans and fresh jalapenos do wonders for boat sandwiches.

DIY Galley Cooking On A Small Sailboat Pt. 1

Grand Opening Revisited

October 25th, 2010

ATTENTION: My boyfriend, Tyler Adams, no longer co-owns Fortune Tattoo. Visit his North Portland shop — Grizzly Tattoo — which opened June, 2011! For more info. visit, 503.265.8146, tyler at grizzly tattoo dot com. Grrrrrrrizzly!

Big night for Fortune Tattoo. So big folks spilled into the space next door...

Last Friday’s Fortune Tattoo grand opening party was awesome — thanks to a lot of you! We knew it would be big but we had no idea how big. Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a special night for shop owners Tyler Adams and Ms. Mikki. And thank you to everyone who donated food, drink, music and elbow grease to get the shop sails up.

I’m posting some photos here — mostly of the food and drink for reasons you all should understand — but if you didn’t make it and want to check out the new shop get in there. Fortune is located between Foti’s Greek Deli and Southeast’s Fire On The Mountain and just a few doors down from EastBurn so if you’re craving any of that stop by Fortune en route. Here are some party pics…

There will be more Fortune parties if you missed this one...

The party spilled into this space nextdoor to Fortune for food, drink and music...

Bluehour's Kenny Giambalvo donated all sorts of fantastic food and stopped by for awhile too.

Thanks Kenny! Amazing...

Toro Bravo's John Gorham also donated a bunch of delicious food...

Got early shots of everything and glad I did because the food was amazing and went fast. Thanks John!

Domaine Serene couldn't have been more generous with their kick ass pinot noir.

And MacTarnahan's rocked with THREE kegs of donated Amber Ale and Hum Bug'r Porter poured by good friends.

Wouldn't have been a Fortune Tattoo party without fortune cookies...

Portland Fermentation Festival 2010 Revisited

October 21st, 2010

Biwa sous chef Ed Ross serving up a rocking kimchi with big chunks of daikon and lots of fire.

Another year and another briny, stinky, lovely and amazing Portland Fermentation Festival! Thanks to everyone who came out and thanks to all of you who made it happen — especially those who generously sampled their fermented food and drink. You’re amazing.

Thanks also to awesome coverage in Willamette Week, Laura McCandlish’s KBOO Food Show and thanks to all the other publications that helped get the word out! Thank you so much Ecotrust for putting up with us (we’re stinky) for yet another year. We couldn’t have done it without you.

For now, I’m just going to post some photos from last night. I’ll probably follow that up soon enough with even more words, thoughts and photos. (It was an amazing event so it deserves a lot of show and tell.) For now a fermenty feast for your eyes…

Even though we had Mr. President to contend with the crowd was thick.

Peg Butler with her sour pickles and home captured sourdough starter rye bread.

PFF co-organizer extraordinaire George Winborn demo'ing kraut.

PFF co-organizer (also extraordinaire) David Barber and Bonesaw Wilson serving up crunchy delicious Picklopolis pickles.

A lot of people's favorite of the night was Kate Patterson's awesome fermented salmon.

Linda Swanson-Davies' puckery delicious fruit kefir.

Norrie and Anna Gordon's fermented goat cheese, goat butter and then some.

Biwa chef-owner Gabe Rosen and sous chef Ed Ross sampling kimchi.

Anne Berblinger's spicy delicious fermented chiles.

Dan MacDonald serving up his sour radishes and whole cabbage kraut. His radishes were kick ass.

A close-up because Dan's ferments were picture perfect.

I guess I just like butts.

The lovely Tressa Yelig of Salt, Fire & Time shared rocking pumpkin yogurt, green tea kombucha and cortido.

Tressa's super yummy cortido.

Heidi Nestler chopping up garlic for kraut.

Krista Arias and Jeanne sampling cortido.

I'm sad that when I was photographing I didn't catch Chris Musser of Lost Arts Kitchen. These were her supplies for homemade fermented chock-full-of-clove ketchup, mayonnaise and more.

This year we even had merch!

Portland Fermentation Festival 2010

October 15th, 2010

Come get stinky!

Last year’s first annual Portland Fermentation Festival in late August at Ecotrust was a screaming success. More than 500 people turned out to sample everything from natto, kefir and potato cheese to hard cider, kimchi and kombucha.

A big draw last year was the Mr. Sandorkraut himself — special guest Sandor Ellix Katz, author of Wild Fermentation and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved. I had interviewed Sandor several months prior for the May 2010 issue of The Sun and it was an honor to have him visit Portland for the inaugural PFF.

Although Sandor won’t be at this year’s PFF we hope you will. Event details can be found below but all you really need to know if you love fermented food and drink is when and where. We’re honored that Ecotrust has agreed to host the funky fest again this year because let me tell you that a room full of fresh ferments is, how do I put it, well, a little ripe. We’re very grateful that they’re willing to put up with the stink.

So if you don’t love the smell of dill and garlic slapped sour pickles, tart and punchy kombucha, sweet and sour fruit kimchi, or mild and tart kefir don’t come. There will be more to sample for the rest of us. That’s what the event is all about — sampling ferments, talking with those who made them and skill sharing.

If you didn’t get a chance to sign up as a presenter don’t worry. You can still bring your ferments to share. You won’t have a table and set-up but that’s ok. The more the merrier. So, please, come out for the wild, funky, stinky and delicious Portland Fermentation Festival 2010!

Second Annual Portland Fermentation Festival
When: Wed., October 20th 6-8pm
Where: Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th Ave., #200, Portland, OR
What: Sample and learn about all sorts of food and drink ferments
Cost: $5 at the door

Webinars on Specialty Foods Business

October 13th, 2010

Take your homemade pickles to another level.

Even though this isn’t local I think a lot of you will appreciate this opportunity organized by University of Vermont’s Extension office. Last month a press release landed in my inbox on their eXtension webinar series on specialty food businesses.

I’m a slacker because I meant to post this before the first in the series but I didn’t get around to it. You can still watch that one and all past webinars here.

Here’s the dish straight from the source:

Mark your calendars! The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series is back for the fourth season. All webinars will air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); 1:00pm (CT); 12:00pm (MT); 11:00am (PT).

On Thursday, September 9, 2010 we open with a three-month series on specialty food businesses. September’s topic will be Starting Right in Specialty Foods. Join Brian Norder, Director of the Vermont Food Venture Center for an informative session on what it takes to start and grow a specialty food business. Brian has over a decade of experience assisting entrepreneurs in all phases of food-related business development.

On October 14 the webinar will focus on the importance of branding and will feature specialty food business owners Judith Moore of the Charleston Cookie Company and Robin Rhea, Slather Sauce.

The November 11 webinar will conclude this series with a look at Culinary Tourism, an emerging niche that combines agriculture, specialty food and tourism. This presentation will feature a panel of Extension specialists working on Culinary Tourism initiatives.

No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room. You will be presented with a login screen that has an “Enter as Guest” option. Enter your full name then click “Enter Room” to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from your computer’s speakers.

University of Vermont Extension

Wordstock 2010

October 11th, 2010

I swear that Kelly Clarke, Charles Heying and I did not purposely color coordinate...

This year’s sixth annual Wordstock was a blast. There are some Portland events that I do my best to never miss in Portland — Portland International Film Festival, Portland Fermentation Festival, PDX Adult Soapbox Derby to name a few — and Wordstock is definitely one.

I heard a lot of grumbling about the grey, rainy weekend this Saturday and Sunday but none of it was from Wordstock folks because we were inside all weekend talking, reading, attending readings, learning about, checking out and buying books. A weekend very well spent.

Highlights for me included tabling with the Hawthorne Books crew, attending two fantastic panels: The Future of Reading and a Karen Karbo and Kim Dower panel on book promotion, seeing old friends from here, here and then some and making new ones.

I was also very honored to be invited to speak on a food and craft panel with Charles Heying moderated by Kelly Clarke — arts and culture editor for Willamette Week on Saturday.

I was nervous with the stage, lights, microphones but got over it and really enjoyed talking with Charles and Kelly about Portland’s awesome and diverse artisan goods culture. I talked a lot about PDX food and drink of course and Charles talked about that and then some. We traded books and I can’t wait to read his.

Here are some photos from a full-on Wordstock weekend. Let me know what your experience was if you were there…

Our seats were not on fire but the microphones didn't work at first.

I guess I look very serious when I'm thinking.

Hanging with the Hawthorne Books crew -- Kate Sage and Adam O'Connor Rodriguez.

Hawthorne Books' Rhonda Hughes after her Wordstock panel.

Baby bookworm.


Wordstock, Portland Fermentation Festival And More…

October 5th, 2010

Tyler and me at Doe Bay on Orcas Island. Our boat is the one in the cove behind us.

I’m back! The past two weeks were absolutely perfect. Sailing the San Juan Islands in late September turned out to be a brilliant idea. We thought that we’d have some weather. We didn’t. We thought that we’d have some big learning curves. We survived. We thought we’d come back happy but exhausted. We did.

It turns out that sailing a 19-foot O’Day around the San Juan Islands was the adventure and then some we’d been looking for. I’ll post more about the trip soon but for now just know that it was great and we’re back. All the merrier because of it.

For now, I want to highlight some upcoming events that I’ll be attending that you might want to check out too…

Thursday, Oct. 7th through Sunday, Oct. 10th @ Oregon Convention Center and other locations

I took this photo at last year's Wordstock. Drop everything for this year's this weekend.

There are so many things to do and people to see at this year’s Wordstock, this Thursday through Sunday. Check out the schedule if you haven’t already.

I’ll be doing a book event with Charles Heying and the lovely Kelly Clarke of Willamette Week at 1pm Saturday over at the McMenamins stage at the Oregon Convention Center. The rest of the weekend I’ll be either tabling with the Hawthorne Books crew or checking out different readings and events.

Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 6-8pm @ Ecotrust

Come get stinky with us!

Last year’s first annual Portland Fermentation Festival was a huge success and this year’s is shaping up to be even stinkier. In a good way. Check out the website for more information and get yourself signed up for this incredible Portland DIY event that brought out more than 500 people last year.

Friday, Oct. 22nd 8pm-1am @ Fortune Tattoo

Come eat, drink and be merry with Ms. Mikki and Tyler Adams here!

ATTENTION: My boyfriend, Tyler Adams, no longer co-owns Fortune Tattoo. Visit his North Portland shop — Grizzly Tattoo — which opened June, 2011! For more info. visit, 503.265.8146. Grrrrrrrizzly!

My boyfriend opened Fortune Tattoo with his business partner Ms. Mikki this spring and finally on Friday, Oct. 22nd (after the first night of the Portland Tattoo Expo) they’re having their grand opening party with all sorts of great local donated food and drink thanks to Toro Bravo, Bluehour, MacTarnahans Brewing Company, Domaine Serene Winery and many others. There will also be live music thanks to East Side Speed Machine and friends. Come check it out and celebrate!