Western Flyer Food Favorites


For some reason good food always does taste better on a boat.  This post is my attempt at trying new main courses and drink items on the Western Flyer – also an easy location to bring up a future receipe.

Let’s start with the most basic of all – fish stew.  Don’t know if I told you but, the Western Flyer is a trawler and trawlers are made to catch fish.  Also, we have our very own drink, similar to a PainKiller.  Next time on board, ask for one.

ITEM 1 – Ciopinno (fish stew) from AllReceipes.com


The Cioppino package above from Trader Joe’s is my all time favorite and way more easier to make than the following receipe.  For about $10.00 you get a complete flash frozen combo package of (fish, shrimp, etc.) and a separate packet of frozen stew sauce.  Heat up the sauce and then add the fish and seven minutes later you are ready to eat.

Original recipe below makes 12 to 14 servings

3/4 cup butter
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
2 bay leaves1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups white wine
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp – peeled and deveined
1 1/2 pounds bay scallops
18 small clams
18 mussels, cleaned and debearded
1 1/2 cups crabmeat
1 1/2 pounds cod fillets, cubed

COOK 45 mins READY IN 55 mins


Over medium-low heat melt butter in a large stockpot, add onions, garlic and parsley. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally until onions are soft.

Add tomatoes to the pot (break them into chunks as you add them). Add chicken broth, bay leaves, basil, thyme, oregano, water and wine. Mix well. Cover and simmer 30 minutes.

Stir in the shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and crabmeat. Stir in fish, if desired. Bring to boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer 5 to 7 minutes until clams open. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with warm, crusty bread!

ITEM 2 – Spanish Paella  (If you make it and like it then visit Sally’s blog.

From sallyinthegalley.net blog

Paddle-Out Paella

Directions: In large skillet sauté garlic and onion in olive oil about 2 minutes on medium heat.

Add rice, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and vegetables and stir until rice is fully coated Add water, white wine, and saffron, cover pan with lid and simmer 20 minutes

Add lobster and simmer another 5 minutes

Add shrimp and squid and cook 2 minutes more

Sprinkle lemon juice over paella


ITEM 3 –  Banshee Bill’s Bloody Mary’s



A few ice cubes
Some Vodka
Three shakes Worchester sauce
A few shakes of Tabasco (to taste)
3 shakes Mesquite Smoke Powder
2 grinds salt crystals
4 grinds on a pepper mill peppercorn
Some cilantro leaves⅛  lime
Pour in ½ V8 and ½ Clamato

Stir well
Finish with your choice of Celery, Cucumber spears, or whatever you like.

ITEM 4 – Organiz Harvest Medley.  Haven’t tried it yet!


Costco had this rice medley in stock.

ITEM 5 – Sister Suzy’s Famous Spaghetti Sauce

1 can tomato paste
1 can Italian stewed/crushed tomato’s
3 to four cans tomato sauce
Italian sausage
1 pound ground beef
2 table spoons fresh Italian parsley
1 green bell pepper
1 medium onion
olive oil
1 table spoon oregano
1 bay leaf
3 table spoons Italian seasoning

Place 1 table spoon of olive oil heat in frying pan add approx. 4 to 5 cloves of diced garlic a (more if you like a lot of garlic) cook approx. 3 mins add diced onion and bell pepper cook another 3 to 4 min. place in sauce pan.

1 table spoon of olive oil in frying pan heat add tomato paste brown (it will turn deep red) add to sauce pan

1 table spoon of olive oil in frying pan heat add 1 clove of garlic crushed or diced add 1 lb ground beef salt and pepper. cook until browned add to sauce.

4 to 6 Italian  sausage either bbq on grill, cook in oven or pan fry. if you press sausage flat (looks flat on each side) they are easier to cook.
quarter and add to sauce.

open cans of crushed tomato’s and tomato sauce to sauce pan.
add 1/2 carrot to sauce
1 to 2 table spoons of sugar
1 to 2 table spoons oregano
3 table spoons Italian seasoning
2 table spoons Italian parsley
1 bay leaf

simmer at low heat 8 to 10 hours. taste if you need more season add Italian  seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.

this is a basic spaghetti sauce recipe you can change or add red wine etc. some people (especially Italians) like to add 4 whole hard boiled eggs to sauce

Suz 😉


BBQ’d onboard albacore tuna.


ITEM 6 – Spanish Picadillo – The secret ingredient is cumin, which I had.  To make it last as we were four hungry guys I added the potatoes.  Serve over white rice.

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