Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Seafaring Crackers

When I look at our boat, I think of everything I still need to learn.  In fact, it’s like being induced into a new language and culture.  At times, I find myself feeling frustrated because I can’t effectively communicate my thoughts.  
When we took our class about a month and a half ago I proudly scored a 100% on the test.  However, I would have to say that 75% of it was just definitions.  At the time, I remember telling our instructor, Don, that I could recognize the words, but I didn’t know it well enough to “speak” it. 
A week before we bought “Yes Dear,” we went sailing with him on his boat.  That evening, I tried asking technical questions, but I keep throwing out wrong the terminology.  On average it would take me 3-4 tries before ether one of them could understand me.  DJ often teased me saying, “How did you get a 100% on the test?”  However, Don would come to my defense; but by the end of the night, he even looked at me and said “How did you get a 100%?!” 
Every time I’m out on the water, I'm learning something new.  This weekend, it was all about “weather helming.”  Believe it or not, it’s when you’re practically sailing sideway and your rudder has lifted completely out of the water.  The boat will then spin out of control and come to a stop.  I would have to say we scared ourselves silly that first half hour.  We must have spun out about 5-6 times before we decided to pull in our front jib sails. 
Just so you know, the lake was practically empty of other boats, so we weren’t in any immediate danger. 
Yesterday, I clearly learned that I don’t like sailing sideways.  I also learned that I need to be more confident when I’m at the helm.
Several times, DJ would look back at me expectantly, “Where we going babe?”  I quickly learned my noncommittal response: “I don’t know!” didn’t cut the mustard.  Ultimately, my indecisiveness caused some tense words between us. 
I normally have a hard time pulling the trigger when making decisions.  I’m not sure what my issue is, but yesterday I should have had the courage to say “Pull in the jib!”  However, I was afraid of looking wimpy. 
I keep reminding myself that I’m just a novice, but in my heart I want to be the next Horatio Hornblower.
In the end, I’m proud that we sailed for close to three hours.  We could have given up, turned on the engine and headed back to the dock, but we didn’t.  I think it says something about who we are. 
I’m excited to announce it’s time for another Ratio Rally.  If you’re unfamiliar with us, we’re a group of bloggers who create recipes based off of ratios.  When I joined this group, I had never written a single recipe on my own.  So, I'm really proud of this recipe.  These crackers are the bomb.  I’ve actually made them twice now because I've fallen in love with them. 
Since I tend to get motion sick, I was hoping to create something like a saltine cracker; but it turned out bland and unimpressive.  So, while we were on our way to the boat, two thoughts collided in my head.  First, I suddenly realized that I'd forgotten to bring the rum along with us.  Secondly, I kept asking myself what unique flavor could be added into my crackers.  Before I knew it, I was adding rum in as part of my liquid and looking around my kitchen for other tropical flavors.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Also when you have a moment, don’t forget to try out these other great cracker ideas:

TR | No One Likes Crumbly Cookies – GF Graham Crackers
Rachel | The Crispy Cook – Cilantro Crackers
Heather | Discovering the Ordinary – Zippy Garlic Crackers
Jonathan | The Canary Files – Savory Spice Crackers
Angela | Angela’s Kitchen – Crisp Bread Sticks (and Bread Stick “sparklers”)
Mary Fran | Gluten Free Cracked Pepper Crackers

Seafaring Crackers
(Ratio: 3 ¼ part flour, ½ part sugar, ½ part butter, 1part liquid)
100g White Rice Flour
100g Brown Rice Flour
100g Tapioca Flour
25g Ground Almond Flour
50g Sugar
½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Xanthan Gum
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
50g Butter
3 Tablespoons dried pineapple, finely chopped
¼ cup shredded coconut
50g water
50g rum
Mix together the first 8 ingredients and whisk together.  Cut in the butter.  Mix in chopped pineapple and coconut.  Add the water and rum.  Gather into a soft ball.  If mixture is still dry add a bit more water.  Roll out to a 1/8-1/4 inch on parchment paper. Cut dough into squares and prick lightly with a fork.  Bake at 325 F for 10 minutes or until the edges have turned light brown.  Rescore the crackers with pastry cutter if needed.  Turn oven down to 225 F. and put back into the oven for 1 hour to finish drying.   Cool completely and store in an airtight container


  1. I have bookmarked this recipe! What an imaginative combination of flavors and your crackers look so picture perfect!

  2. Hi! These look delicious!

    But my link is wrong :( there were some copy-paste issues on my end.

    This is the correct link: and the anchor text, please spell out gluten free, I don't use the abbreviation. Thanks!

  3. Yum! Love the idea of rum in these. Very seafaring! You would make an excellent pirate! :) I am putting these on my list to try. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What perfect looking crackers! Great job with this month's challenge!!

    1. Thanks Jenn! I hope you get a chance to enjoy them.

  5. I love your sailboat story!! I grew up sailing with my dad on a 16 foot sailboat. Being so small it FREQUENTLY tipped over so we were nearly sailing sideways. Our rudder never came out of the water though. But I HATE when the boat is sideways like that! Probably because of the experience of being tossed OUT of a smaller sailboat boat when it tipped sideways, then having the rope catch me around the neck and drag me across the lake! I hated that. I was so scared!

    Your crackers look so wonderful!! I love that you added all those tropical flavors.

  6. What an inspiring combination of flavors! The 1 hour at 225 is an awesome idea - will definitely try that. Thank you for sharing!