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Sweet chicken breast
4 chicken breasts cut into strips
2 tablespoons of crushed ginger
2 tablespoon of crushed garlic
1⁄2 cup soy sauce
4 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon of chopped chilli
Salt and fresh ground pepper
Mix together brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and
chilli in a saucepan simmer. Combine flour, salt and pepper in
bag and coat the chicken strips. Heat oil in a large frying pan over
medium-high heat. Add chicken strips and brown on both sides,
about 1 minute per side. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Simmer
uncovered until the sauce thickens, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with rice.
with Captain Chaos
Iwas on board a friend’s boat and we had been sailing along
the coast and around the islands. It was late afternoon when I
guided the boat into a small cove. We decided to drop anchor
and row ashore. We had been cruising for three days and this was
the first time we had found a great looking beach to stretch our
legs, have a BBQ and maybe sleep on the beach, as the weather
was hot during the day and mild at night.
I had to make quite a few trips back and forth out to the boat
in the dinghy. When I got back to the beach with the last load
the girls said in unison:
“Chaos, you told us you used to camp out as a stock man
and you’re a chef. So we’ve decided to let you set up camp and
do the cooking.”
What could I say?
“OK, but you girls will have to gather some wood. You can
see there’s plenty of driftwood laying just above the high tide
mark. Grade it and bring it over to where I’m going to set up
the camp,” I said waving my arms around to show them the
I dug a hole in the sand about 40cm deep and big enough
for a fire and us to sit around out of any breeze that might come
up. After I got the fire going and the food cooking, I sat down to
a well-earned OP and watched Di, Jean and Bill playing around
in the water. When the meal was cooked and the salad made I
called them in to eat an early dinner.
After dinner I showed the girls how to wash the plates using
sand and seawater. We sat and watched the sun go down and being
in the sub tropics it became dark very quickly. Bill asked me to
join him to check the boat before we settled down for the night.
Rowing out I thought I heard a noise ahead of us on the boat.
“Did you hear that? It sounded as if someone is moving
around on board.”
“I can’t think of who it could be. There hasn’t been another
boat around. Be careful!”
The dinghy bumped into the stern with more noise than I
would have liked. I quickly climbed aboard and stood in the dark
listening. The swishing sound was coming from down in the galley.
I thought if I yelled out from up on deck then, if whoever it was
down below was aggressive, I could dive overboard.
“Hey you! Come out and don’t try anything. There’s a lot of
us up here.”
I had no sooner yelled my threat than there was a crash and
the sound of things breaking. A huge black shape came flying out
and headed straight for me. I threw out my arms. As the monster
hit me, we both flew up into the air with me hanging on to the
intruder in a bear hug. Crashing into the water, I got a glimpse
of a dog like face with huge whiskers. I suddenly realised what
I was holding on to.
Bloody Hell! I was hugging a huge seal and he was breathing
his stinking fish breath at me. I let go as we hit the water and
started to swim towards the stern of the dinghy hoping the seal
was not going to bite me. I grabbed the side of the boat.
“ What the hell are you doing in the water, Chaos? Look out
you’re going to tip the boat over!”
“Help me in! There’s a bloody huge seal after me.”
“Oh yeah! Tell us another one. You just tripped and fell in.”
Behind me there was a bark. Without touching the sides of
the dinghy I jumped in.
We sat there for a while and when we thought it was safe
we checked the boat out and then rowed ashore where the girls
“ You blokes find more grog? Been out there on the booze, eh? ”
When I told them about the seal they just laughed and thought
it was the best excuse they’d heard for a long time. h
nasty in the cabin ...
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