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with Boc Choy
400g Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon fillets
with skin removed sliced into chunks
375ml coconut milk
3 leaves baby bok choy roughly chopped
1 teaspoon Thai red curry paste
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
(you can add more if you like the taste)
Into a large saucepan heat the coconut milk
with the curr y paste and sugar. Stir in the
salmon and bok choy; cook for about five
minutes then add the coriander. Serve in a
bowl with boiled rice.
with Captain Chaos
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Iwas looking out my window and, seeing
the frost outside, decided to stay
indoors where it was warm. Turning
away I remembered a couple of parcels
the courier had delivered that morning. I
was intrigued as the sender’s address was
in Tasmania. Ripping them open I came
across a note from an old sailing mate
who now lives down there.
Hi Chaos, Sorry I missed your birthday
but here’s a present to remember me by.
The salmon is from a nearby farm called
Huon, hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
The other is from an old cider maker called
Mercury, near the dock. No doubt you’ll
remember the time we had savouring their
Hard Cider when I bought the old Huon
pine yacht I’m now living on down here.
Enjoy and come and visit some time soon.
I thought back to that time so many
years ago when Harry turned up at the
marina, just down from where I lived, with
the boat he had just bought.
“G’day Chaos, I thought you might
Tasmanian built Huon pine masterpiece.”
“Great! See you in an hour. What do
I look for? ”
“I have an old grey mainsail hanging
from the mast drying. You can’t miss it.”
Harry was right. I spotted the boat as
soon as I walked on to the marina.
“Hey, welcome! Come aboard. I’m just
tidying up some bits and pieces that came
adrift on the voyage up here.”
I made my way down below and was
pleasantly surprised to find the cabin and
galley spotlessly clean and the timber all
polished with tasteful covers and cushions
on the bunks.
“A bit different from your old boat.
I remember it had so much junk laying
around you couldn’t find anywhere to sit.”
“ This is a gem. She’s over 30 years old
and in top condition. The most beautiful
boat I’ve ever owned,” Harry said beaming.
We took off from the marina, hoisted
the sails and tacked out of the harbour
into the open sea. The boat behaved
wonderfully well. I was amazed at the kindly
movement. She seemed to glide through
the waves. I was standing on the bow day
dreaming when Harry yelled out to me.
“Hey Chaos, what’s that dead ahead? ”
“Bloody hell Harry, it’s a whale! Come
over hard to starboard to miss it.”
Harry changed course and I watched
the whale lying listlessly in the water as
we drifted past.
“It’s getting late, mate. I think we’ll head
back to the marina. It must be drinks time.”
We headed in and secured the boat
then went down into the cabin where
Harry produced some cans of Mercury
“Hello the boat!” a female voice called
form the walkway.
“Oh, I forgot to mention that Mary
was coming to join us. She’s bringing a
carton of cider.”
I went up and said hello and went to
help her on board. As I put my hand out
the wash from the marina tender driven by
a young bloke hit Harry’s boat. The deck
moved up and down and just as Mary
went to step aboard, her foot slipped on
the pulpit rail and she missed my hand
with a look of horror on her face she
disappeared down into the harbour with
a huge splash. Harry emerged from the
“Don’t let go of the carton Mary!”
I looked over the side and there was
Mary floating with the carton lying on
her stomach. Harry came rushing up and
took one look.
“Best rescue the carton before the
water makes it all soggy.”
I couldn’t believe my eyes as I watched
in amazement while Harry lay down on
the deck, leaned over and grabbed the
carton leaving Mary threshing in the
“ Hey, what about me? ” Mary yelled.
It took some time to get her onboard
and down into the cabin for some dry
clothes. She was ok after a few drinks and
could see the funny side.
“Hey Chaos there’s some Tassie
salmon in the fridge and some veggies on
the rack. How about cooking us something
out of that lot!”
“Yes Sir!” h
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