While being laid up in Preveza, Greece with engine, generator and rigging problems our dynamic life on the sea changed to a slow life on the hard. With no car, only two restaurants and a massive out of water storage marina surrounding us, we didn’t have our usual dose of ancient archeological sites, tourist attractions, or ‘fun days out.’ The picture below is the nice view we had to the right of the boat.
To the left, however, there was a boat crane operating Monday through Saturday all day long
When you watch the Tiramisu video below you’ll hear the ‘beep, beep, beep…’ that I listened to for three weeks!
Thankfully…there was a silver lining as we did have Andrea – the best engineer I’ve ever meet (and I’ve met loads this year)
And not only is he an engineer. Andrea has become our dear friend. After spending all day with my husband in our sailboat bilges and engine rooms, he spent the evenings with us enjoying AMAZING food and drink. Andrea took us to a variety of authentic Greek restaurants, cooked for us (Andrea has owned a couple restaurants in the past too!) and even endured my cooking.
Although the days were tough having to step over engine pieces and parts and be surrounded by a mess, the evenings with Andrea made up for the dust-filled, loud, annoying days of engine reconstruction. And just a note on our engine and generator. Andrea and his team helped us to take apart both of our engines, send away the pieces that needed servicing, put the engines back together and then clean and repaint them.
I am now very PROUD of my engines – take a look at how amazing our generator looks…
Being born on a boat, owning almost 20 boats himself AND having a background in engineering makes Andrea a very special person
Not only does he know his stuff, but he also knows what life on a boat is like. He knows the extreme importance of maintaining good reliable engines! Andrea also is an ex-helicopter pilot too – he’s one of those amazingly talented people that make me feel as if I know nothing – but not in a bad way. If you’re ever in the Ionian near Lefkas Island or Preveza you’d be nuts not to have him look at your engines.
That aside, this is indeed a Britican Galley post, so without any further ado, let me get on with the show
When Andrea offered to teach me how to make Tirimisu, an Italian classic, I cheekily asked him if I could video the preparation in Britican’s Galley. To my delight, Andrea said yes! Below is my husband, Simon and our good friend, Andrea…
When I edited the Tiramisu video I cut out about 10 minutes of footage
The time it takes to use the blender/mixer is cut short in the video so make sure to spend more time blending. Otherwise, all the ingredients are listed in addition to the steps. Andrea is from Rome, Italy and I think he did a great job speaking English and making an all-time authentic Italian tirimisu…
When we finally sat down to enjoy the Tiramisu, after Andrea made us homemade gnocchi’s, I was once again moooooing like a cow. The flavors were excellent. Next step is for me to give the recipe a go!