Njord's Adventures

28 January 2018 | Porto at Marina di Rigusa
28 January 2018 | Camping Baia del Sole, Marina di Ragusa
28 January 2018 | Berryhead Lighthouse
01 January 2018 | Modica
01 January 2018 | Castillo di Donnafugata
28 December 2017 | Modica
28 December 2017 | Modica
28 December 2017 | Macchia Foresta del Fiume Irminio, Marina di Ragusa
25 December 2017 | Marina di Ragusa
10 December 2017 | Beach at Marina di Ragusa
10 December 2017 | Porto Touristico, Marina di Ragusa
27 November 2017 | Porto Touristico Marina di Ragusa
04 November 2017 | Porto Touristio, Marina di Ragusa
04 November 2017 | Halloween evening - MdR
04 November 2017 | Porto di Ragusa
04 November 2017 | Ragusa Ibla
22 October 2017 | Punta Secca
21 October 2017 | Marina di Ragusa

19.15 in Marina di Ragusa -January 28, 2018

28 January 2018 | Porto at Marina di Rigusa
After a very pleasant day, the evening sky

Ricotta in Ragusa di Marina

28 January 2018 | Camping Baia del Sole, Marina di Ragusa
Ricotta means twice cooked.

Vic and I spent a lazy, warm Sunday morning observing the art of making Ricotta and an Italian Sunday outing with the just made ricotta, wine, (other) local cheese and local delicacies. But no eating and drinking before the prayer to break crust was uttered through the PA system that would later be used to listen to the local guitarists and we suspect anyone who wanted to play and sing. We left before this activity needless to say. Most of the 70-100 people who congregated were local Italians and they too very keen on watching the ricotta making activities.

On a discrete hidden away camp site just along the beach from the Porto a family from Viloria arrived with 200 litres of milk from their own herd that they had milked earlier this morning. They brought the ricotta making equipment and mother, father and daughter set about showing us how to make ricotta and then of course sample it. It was like a children's party and at the end everyone was sent away with a party gift of a tub of warm ricotta and all for €10 to include the lunch and wine.

So how do you make Ricotta? Well this is how they did it. If you look up a recipe in the UK we would use lemon juice or vinegar
as the agent but not in the traditional method; the family called it innards of lamb, which I got down as far as recognising to be rennet.

They took the day's milk from their cows still warm and added the rennet (I hope that is right) and then the curds appeared having been gently stirred for some time in the vat cooker. This they told me made a cheese at this stage not ricotta. They squeezed the liquid wey out into barrels. There is no wastage here as this goes on to make another type of cheese. Then with the curds they put it back into their vat with only salt and brought it up to scalding point, stirring it with what looked like a broom handle and "smelling" it to tell when it was ready and ...

Voila, fresh, warm ricotta ... simply delicious!

Brixham 8

28 January 2018 | Berryhead Lighthouse
Clare/ weather almost too windy to photograph
After crossing Biscay in 2014 Njord stopped for a month or so in Lisbon. Three other yachts stopped too and we have been in touch ever since. We have all met up somewhere along the way on our various passages too: Lagos, Cartagena (Spain), crossing from Sardinia to Corfu via the Messina Straits, the Peloponnesus, Poros and the southwest of Sicily in Ragusa. Fencia has since cross the Atlantic and back, very impressive.

So it was time to have a reunion and eventually it all came together. Jenny and Simon kindly invited us to Brixham and as we could all be in Blighty at the same time the Brixham 8 reunion it was!

Between Jenny's great cooking, lots of wine and a great weekend of Yachtie speak we went for a most exhilarating walk to Berryhead. It was so windy we could not get to the edge for fear of being knocked over and that cuppa and log burning fire was a very welcome reward at the end.

Berryhead Lighthouse is the shortest and the highest in the U.K. and the deepest when it worked using weights.

Thank you for hosting the Brixham 8 (aka Lisbon 4), Jenny and Simon and let's all meet up again.

Njord's restaurant reviews reinstated. Eremo della Giubiliana - 30 Decembe 2017

01 January 2018 | Eremodella Giubilana
Prue was checking out things to see, things to do and where to go for her trip to Marina di Ragusa and to spend Christmas and New Year with us. She found this fabulous estate where the family are restoring it to its former glory and in doing so have created a superb 5 star hotel with a stunning restaurant. The buildings formed part of a hermitage or ecclesiastical stronghold of the Knights of San Giovanni a sect of the Templar Knights of Malta.

The menus were beautifully matched by lovely wines. A foodie paradise. We had a red wine to die for that Natalya had been lucky enough to try in Exeter and saw it on the menu: Gulfi. It is an organic wine and they make various different wines mostly from the indigenous Nero d'Avola grape variety from the vineyards between Pachinom and Noto. The one we tried is a rich velvet purple, full bodied wine. More please...

Modica Chocolate

01 January 2018 | Modica
Modica, is guess what another UNESCO listed Baroque town in south-eastern Sicily. Apart from the cooking school we went to it is famous for its chocolate making. The town was divided into two sides split by a river which at one point was diverted to accommodate modern transportation. But that is not what they tell you in the guide books. As always there is the impressive selection of churches and two grand Baroque cathedrals.

Modica chocolate is a new experience, we have not come across it before. But it is not so good for export as it is not as smooth and silky looking as Belgium or Swiss chocolate. These chocolate processes have oils and fats added to make a consistent and smooth appearance and taste on the tongue. This local chocolate is grainy and does not really melt on the tongue. It is made using an Aztec technique which was brought to Sicily by the Spaniards. The cocoa is melted over a very low heat so the sugar does not dissolve completely and additional oils and fats, to make it smooth and are not added. Flavours are typically added during the process: sea salt, red chilli, coffee, cinnamon and vanilla.

This photo was taken from one hillside slope looking across to the other valley hillside tomthe Duomo di San Giorgio.

Castillo di Donnafugata

01 January 2018 | Castillo di Donnafugata
We were lucky to be able to visit Castillo di Donnafugata as it is not always open but for us it was great as we recognised it from the TV series Commissario Montalbano as the Mafia boss' house.

Castillo di Donnafugata has several stories attributed to its history but as Donnafugata means "the woman who fled" I will probably will go with the story that Queen Blanche of Navarre was imprisoned there in the 15th Century and fled her husband, King Martin I of Sicily.

It is a bit ramshackled and particularly the garden which is a bit sad. What do they do with the entrance fee? They do farm the land around and make an artisan chesse in a shed alongside the entrance driveway. After our walkabout and bit if culture we sampled a local microbrewery beer; very light and very hoppy!

Vessel Name: Njord of London
Vessel Make/Model: Malo 39 Classic
Crew: Vic Farhi & Clare Harrison
About: Learnt to sail together and the first sailing experience was in Lanzarote in 2005. We then bought Mandarin, a Bavaria 39 and in June 2012 bought Njord, a Malo 39 from the Baltic.
Extra: As attributed to Mark Twain: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bow lines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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