A recipe and a request…from a tugboat captain

The wonderful FurFiles (meow!) is back from her Jamaican vacation, and it’s about time!  I’ve missed her astute blogging and pithy commentary, like the many ways I can exact revenge on my tugboat man should the need arise.

ex=lax signNo, I’m not going to put ex-lax in his food. Not this time, anyway.

Ms Fur has furrily requested the recipe for another version of carrot bread I made last night, loosely based on a recipe from my 1970s Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook.

I’m not the magnificent artist of decor and whimsy like Judy at Petit4Chocolatier  nor do I possess the versatility of (bakery owner in another life) Tonette of tonettejoycefoodfriendsfamily but I have my most consistent success with everyday, homey, mom-like healthy breads, apple pies, lentil cookies, and black bean brownies.pastry bag and tips

Confession: I’ve been known to wield a mean pastry bag to build roses with tip #12 and #104 on flower nail #7 (as well as shells and garland)  but I save that skill set for special occasions only.

A Schwarzwälder kirsch kuchen similar to one I made to celebrate my son’s graduation.

Black Forest Cherry Cake

Black Forest Cherry Cake dripping in kirschwasser


First the request...I’m conducting an interview of my resident mariner for a future post. In the wake of today’s ferry accident in New York and other recent vessel related incidents, it seems timely.  

Anything you’d like to know?

I’ve tortured used my not inconsiderable powers of persuasion to convince my tugboat man to put up his surfboard for a moment and consent to an interview. The convincing involved all sorts of things like I need to wear nothing but a pair of six-inch heels and red lipstick and must refer to him as Most Exalted Master Seaman, but that is my cross to bear, not yours.

It was his idea to take requests from my readers in the wonderful world of blogging and Twitter and FB and I agree that’s a great idea–which should prove to doubters (and children) that hubs does have an independent thought once in a great while.

He’ll entertain queries about maritime-related stuff, what it’s like being married to me(!), technical stuff about boat handling/boat restoration, marlinspike seamanship,– ask away!

Certain things can’t be revealed of course, but he’ll do his best to answer all questions. He’s a USCG certified instructor, so you know he’s got the cred and he’s not just another pretty face.

You’ll discover the funny side to life as a seaman–they have a weird sense of humor–creating witty rhymes such as, “It’s not gay when you’re underway…” [urban dictionary]

I’ll credit the question with a link or you can remain anonymous–your choice.

And now for the recipe….carrotraisinbread2 carrot raisin bread

Carrot Raisin Bread
It’s moist and delicious with a rich texture! The difference is in the process. Try it and let me know what you think about it. Hubs loves it!

One cup grated carrots
One cup raisins
3/4 cup honey (I didn’t have a lot of honey so I used 1/4 honey, 1/4 agave, 1/4 brown sugar) Maple syrup would be yummy, too.
One teaspoon each: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Two tablespoons vegetable oil
One egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups water
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 325 degrees, not sure how to do the conversions.
In a medium saucepan, cook carrots, raisins, honey/sugar, oil, and spices in the water for about ten minutes. Let cool. When cool, add beaten egg and mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and add to wet ingredients. Pour into one or two loaf pans depending on size. I made mine in one large loaf pan. Bake for about 45 minutes but check carefully so it doesn’t over bake. Let cool before slicing.


29 thoughts on “A recipe and a request…from a tugboat captain

  1. WOW, you CAN bake pretty! That looks great…and you know I had a bakery, therefore I can make you a dame, ahem, DAME of Decorating.(Sorry,all this maritime mutter has me thinking of the song:There is Nothing Like a Dame…I mean, better than the line you gave! Why do your posts make me think of songs?)
    Questions, I have a ton, but do you REALLY want him to talk about being married to you???LOL!
    I have seen the nice things the Capt. made while away,so we know that he is busy with his hands and mind in good matter;(“Idle hands, mind”, etc.)
    I don’t know how much he’s willing to tell about the dangers…ice, etc.Who rescues the rescuers if there is a problem?(thank God for satellite coms, GPS, etc, huh?) How far away and away from help has he been at any one time? Has he encountered pirates?What is the smallest craft he has encountered on the High Seas? Has he had to help others he has run across, or is he allowed…I guess he can always radio for them. What is the biggest drama that has taken place while on duty?(Stop me any time here!)
    I bet Mine has a question or two.His father and brother were Naval officers on the High Seas,(and he was there once himself).I’ll ask when he comes out of the shower.


  2. That cake looks delicious. A lot of the questions I have for the Captain are like Tonette. I too was wondering what the dangers are along with the other questions. Has he ever been near a Tsunami? Have a thought in my mind of the movie “The Perfect Storm” and can picture that storm. Really good idea and should be interesting to read the response.


  3. What does Tugboat man do out there at sea when he’s not working? And what does he love most about you, his lovely wife? And what is his favourite movie (just curious, I love movies).

    Definitely doing that carrot/raisin bread. Looks delicious and good for you. Thanks for that!


  4. You are absolutely incredible! Honestly you are the best. I have been really busy at the college this week (Spring classes began on the 7th), and am catching up. I think you can do almost anything perfectly!! And you have made my day, evening now 🙂

    This cake / bread looks delicious!! WOW!! I love the addition of honey or maple syrup; yum!


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  6. I am so excited to read the interview, particularly given the lengths you are prepared to go to in order to have the Most Exalted Master Seaman share his wisdom! Thanks for the good laugh today!


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