My husband, Jamie and I have been essentially living aboard our 56' foot Hatteras Motor Yacht, the Destiny now for two years. Prior to purchasing our motor yacht in 2011, I was a life-long resident of the Midwest where I was a cabin girl with a pontoon boat.
For me it was a significant adjustment to transition from a suburban home with a gourmet kitchen to a motor yacht with a modest galley. At the same time I moved east and launched a second career and Jen's Personal Chef Services.
I have always been an active entertainer and host in my home as well as an avid cook so the transition to the social lifestyle of a live aboard on the Destiny was not as challenging as equipping my galley to be fully functional for meal preparation and entertaining guests.
My background in entertaining and food preparation prior to, and including my time spend on our motor yacht, provide me with a unique insight into the yachting life style, functional galley organization and meal preparation.
For example,my husband and I were planning a relaxing cruise with friends over a long weekend. This generally means the Destiny will be the primary host boat for the weekend. But how do I ensure that I am able to relax and enjoy the weekend yourself and don't turn into a galley slave? This happens to me on most weekends during the summers in Virginia Beach, whether it is a boating weekend away from the Marina or perhaps we are spending time with friends on our dock.
My concept for this blog series is to feature experiences from our lives on our motor yacht and sharing insight into the lifestyle while providing helpful hints to unlock the secrets to delicious and simple cuisine as well as providing tips to transitioning into living aboard and creating a functional galley.
I encourage you to follow my blog and this series which have titled: "The Galley Gourmet: Living Aboard and Unlocking the Secrets to Delicious and Simple Cuisine from Your Galley."
Welcome aboard the Destiny and to my galley!