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2 skinless chicken breasts sliced in half
4 crisp rolls
2 tbsp mayonnaise
6 chopped lettuce leaves
2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 lime, halved
2 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt to taste
2 tbsp of your favourite Chilli sauce
Heat a pan over high heat, driz zle chicken
with oil, cook until cooked through then
squeeze lime over. Spread rolls with half
the mayonnaise, then chilli sauce to taste,
top with lettuce, chicken and tomato
season to taste with sea salt and serve.
with Captain Chaos
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Christmas is almost upon us. But
before comes the best part ...
shopping for festive food! Every
year the list of goodies gets bigger as the
family seems to grow when they descend
on me for yet another drinks in the garden
and over-rich Christmas lunch which
leaves everyone lying all around the house
exhausted and trying to recover from too
much festive spirit.
A few years back when my family was
scattered throughout the world I was
invited aboard my friend Bill’s cruiser for
Christmas Day and to stay over to watch
the start of the Sydney-Hobart.
“Hey Chaos get yourself down to Little
Manly. I will send someone in to pick you
up around 10am. Just bring a cozzie and
a change of clothes. I have a full-sized
galley ... you can help me with the food!”
I knew Bill wasn’t into manual labour,
so it would be me and some of his family
doing the cooking.
On Christmas morning I was down at
the beach waiting for my ride. Looking
around at the swimmers and the moored
boats I noticed a large power boat
approaching with a girl at the helm.
“Hey, are you Chaos? ” When I nodded
she yelled back. “I ’m Matilda. Dad asked
me to come and get you. Hop aboard.”
I waded out pushing the bow around
as I went and climbed in. Matilda headed
out through the moored boats and
swimmers. I was impressed how slow and
considerate she was for the people in the
water. We came around the point to Spring
Cove where about six or so boats were
anchored. We headed for the largest boat.
I’d forgotten how big the bloody thing was,
it must’ve been all of 70 feet.
Bill came down on to the aft deck
and wished me a merry Christmas while
shoving a glass in my hand. Bill saw the
look on my face.
“Don’t worry! I won’t be going anywhere
and if I was, Matilda is in control of the
boat and she doesn’t drink.”
I spent a happy morning in the galley
with the staff and family. With the amount
of food being cooked you’d have thought
there was a cast of thousands instead of
the 20 present. The day went fast with
the help of good cheer, great food and
It was just as we were going to turn in
for the night that a scraping noise along
the side of Bill’s boat made me move to
the side and look down. I could just make
out a tinnie with two very drunk blokes
in it. It had no lights and the boat looked
half full of water.
“Hey, what do you blokes think you’re
“ We’re sinking. Can we come aboard? ”
“No way! The beach is only about thirty
The boat drifted past and just as it got
clear one of the blokes stood up, staggered
around then with a yell fell over. He was
fully clothed and looked as if he might
drown. Suddenly I felt someone push past
me. It was Matilda. She dived over the side
and swam towards the blustering bloke. I
quickly followed and swam over to help.
By the time I reached them Matilda had
the bloke on his back and was towing him
towards the beach.
“ You OK?”
“ Yes, but I’ll need your help to beach the
tinnie. It seems this one has passed out.”
I dragged the tinnie to the beach. The
bloke in it had also passed out like a light.
Matilda got the unconscious bloke
up the beach above the high tide mark. I
could hear him snoring.
“Let him be, Chaos. He’s pissed as
We both swam back to the cruiser and
I poured us a drink.
“ Well, that was fun!” I said. “I wasn’t
planning on having a swim. You hungry?
There must be something left to eat. I’ve
found some chicken. I ’ll make us some
Next morning I looked across to the
beach and saw the two blokes were still
lying there. “ Happy Boxing Day. You’ll miss
the Hobart start!” I thought! h
The things that go
bump in the night
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