Captain Frank’s dessert pick for Christmas is a playful cheesecake that will go down a treat with both adults and kids – he’s never the one to make it… but he sure does love to eat it!
PEANUT BUTTER & POPCORN CHEESECAKE
“Include peanut butter and you have a winner dish!” – Captain Frank
Serves: 12 Prep: 45 mins Cooking Time: 10 mins
1¼ cups chocolate biscuit crumbs
80g butter melted
500g cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 tsp gelatine dissolved in ¼ cup boiling water
¾ cup peanut butter
1 cup thickened cream, softly whipped
1 cup sugar
1 cup thickened cream, extra
¼ cup popping corn, popped as per packet instructions
Combine biscuit crumbs and butter then press into the base of a greased and lined 22cm round springform pan. Chill.
Beat the cream cheese, caster sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in gelatine and peanut butter, then fold through cream. Pour mixture over prepared base. Chill for 3 hours or until set.
Heat sugar in a saucepan over a medium-high heat, without stirring, for 2 minutes or until sugar begins to melt. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or until golden. Remove from heat and carefully add extra cream. Stir until smooth. Allow to cool.
Top cheesecake with popcorn and drizzle over sauce. Serve immediately.
SHARE YOUR DESSERT FAVOURITE
Do you have a dessert idea that you would love to share? We would love to see it as Captain Frank and the team enjoy tasty food both on land and on water. Share your dessert selections on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #christmas #dessert #yesimadeit
As a Sydney-sider I am often treated to a spectacular sunset, with glorious pink and red hues being spread across the sky like a blanket of fire. To say I am spoilt with views is an understatement, as these amazing sunset displays come out for show.
With Sydney having such vivid sunsets, the next question is where is the best place to capture such a picturesque occasion from? Of course we want the best vantage point so we have the footage to share across social media.
Scrolling through the internet searching for the answer to this question… well it seems that such a discussion is open for debate, with many personal opinions being listed and with the images shared, it’s hard to say they are wrong. Put simply, Sydney has amazing sunsets and there seems to be a number of great spots to capture these from!
On this note, a common feature I did notice from the array of listed locations that I sifted through, was that many selected Sydney spots – Watsons Bay, Manly, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Opera House and a number of key harbour side hotels and restaurants – had one thing in common, Sydney Harbour. Thinking about it, the sun does look better glistening off the water.
Just when I thought the idea of a Sydney sunset could not get much better, the opportunity arose for me to experience a gorgeous sunset aboard a harbour cruise. Wow!! To say the least, this was like front row seats at the opera, side line seats at the footy grand final and rooftop seats for an eclipse. Not only did I view the gorgeous sunset from a prime location, but I enjoyed a cruise around the harbour, where I relaxed, grazed on some nibbles and enjoyed a glass of champagne (note that alcoholic beverages are BYO on this tour).
For the keen photographer, the lover of relaxation, the explorer of Sydney – the sun setting over Sydney Harbour is definitely a dream setting; a blanket of fire and beauty.
For further information on the Sunset & Sparkle harbour boat tour visit Sea Sydney Harbour. It’s certainly an experience to put into the schedule on your next visit to Sydney – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #sydney #sydneyharbour #harbourtour #exploretheharbour #travel #adventure #sunsetandsparkle
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to celebrate Mum like never before!
We’ve been shopping to find some of the best gift ideas for mum… Of course they all have a little nautical inspiration, but it’s a timeless concept, so why not indulge in a little nautical love!!
We’ve selected our top picks and ideas to make mum’s day!!
1. Personalised Nautical Wine Glasses– We all know how hard mum works, so at the end of the day that glass of wine seems well-deserved. With these personalised Nautical Wine Glasses, mum can sip her favourite chilled wine in a coastal-inspired engraved wine glass. Personalise a set of 4 glasses with some engraving and mum will feel like she is sailing an endless ocean next time she sits down to indulge in her favourite wine. Don’t forget to include her favourite bottle for that added special touch!
2. Sea of Love Message in a Bottle– Remembering it’s the thought that counts shower mum in a sea of loving words! Send your personal special message in a bottle to create something unique and sentimental for mum. This unique gift is truly from the heart and your personal message can be printed, rolled into a scroll and placed inside a bottle of sand. It will truly emulate a feeling of a “bottle washed ashore” and will be a gift mum will cherish for a lifetime.
3. Experience Vivid on Sydney Harbour – For the mum who loves an experience, it’s all about spending quality time with family and friends – a harbour cruise to take in the Sydney sights and the lights of Vivid Sydney could be just the perfect gift idea! Select a night to visit the Vivid Sydney festival, which commences late May and runs to mid June, and enjoy the water together with the beautiful light display. Share an intimate cruising experience with mum aboard a beautiful catamaran and make your night even more special by stopping off for a fancy seafood dinner before boarding the vessel. Discover more about this 5-star experience.
4. Nautical Fashion– For the mum who loves to be in style, consider a nautical fashion piece for her wardrobe or a beautiful accessory. Whether it be that sassy pair of shoes, a trendy nautical inspired jacket or something a bit more subtle with those timeless navy blue and white strips, mum will sure be on trend when she heads out for the day. Start by browsing the catalogues of some her favourite fashion brands and no doubt you will soon come across a nautical inspired piece. It’s a staple item for those mums that love to be in style!
5. Summer Accessories –Does your mum love to be outdoors and get in the water? Spruce up her outdoor accessories and sporting equipment with some summer coastal inspiration and stock her up with those things that you know she uses and loves! Compile a beach towel and bag, some sunnies, a paddle or two and why not go big and purchase her that paddle board or kayak that you know she’s been eyeing for some time? It’ll be a great new hobby for her and will keep her fit, healthy and happy – who knows she may even let you borrow her new toy sometime!
We’re hoping that some of these gift ideas float your boat and are suitable for your special mum! Feel free to add your nautical gift ideas to the comments below, as we would love to hear them.
Summer celebrations on a boat are perfect for any occasion. And you can’t have a celebration without enjoying some amazing food!
For a more relaxed feel enjoy some nibbles to start, a great Aussie BBQ and of course, you can’t have a BBQ without some side salads! We’ve provided two refreshing options for Summer salads that are tasty, filling, loved by Captain Frank, and best of all appropriate for being on a boat.
HALOUMI & SPICED LENTIL VEGGIE SALAD
This salad is great for Summer lunches or dinners. Serve with freshly BBQ’d haloumi slices, for a mouth-watering side that will steal the show.
Serves: 4 Prep: 10 mins Cooking Time: 5 mins
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 x 400g cans brown lentils, rinsed, drained
2 cucumbers, chopped
350g medley tomatoes, halved
50g baby rocket leaves
1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 lemon, zested, juiced
2 tbs olive oil
180g haloumi, cut into 1-cm thick slices
Heat a small frying pan over high heat. Add the cumin and coriander, and cook for 1 min or until toasted. Combine the spice mixture, onion, lentils cucumber, tomato, rocket and parsley in a large bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice and half the oil. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat the remaining oil in a medium frying pan over high heat. Add the haloumi and cook for 2 mins each side or until golden.
Divide the lentil salad among serving plates. Top with haloumi and sprinkle with lemon zest to serve.
Recipe by Curtis Stone
PRAWN, MANGO & AVOCADO SALAD
For a refreshing and easy to prep salad, look no further then this colourful dish. Add warmth by grilling the prawns on the BBQ, or serve fresh. Perfect for any outdoor meal!
Serves: 4 Prep: 25 mins Cooking Time: 5 mins (optional)
400g cooked tiger prawns
2 mangos, cut into 2cm cubes
2 avocados, cut into 2cm cubes
2 limes, plus lime wedges to serve
1/3 cup finely chopped coriander leaves
1 long red chilli, seed removed, finely chopped
1 tbs honey
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 iceberg lettuce, leaves separated
Peel, devein and roughly chop half the prawns. Place in a bowl with mango and avocado.
Grate the zest of half a lime, then juice both limes. Place the lime zest and juice in a small bowl with the coriander, chilli, honey and oil. Whisk to combine and season well. Pour over prawn mixture and toss to combine.
Add lettuce leaves to salad mixture and serve with the remaining prawns and lime.
Recipe is a moderation from www.taste.com.au
IT’S SUMMER TIME!
Enjoy these salads with a great Aussie BBQ on a boat cruising Sydney Harbour and take in the views of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. Once on board the crew will find a nice calm destination to anchor the vessel and cook the BBQ for you and your guests, so you can relax and enjoy your company and the amazing scenery.
It’s the latest craze to hit the beaches, it’s cool and core-friendly – so we’ve decided it’s definitely time to jump (or paddle) on board!
Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) boarding is an excellent way to bond with friends and family, while keeping active, fit and building core strength. Suitable for all fitness levels, it’s a fun water activity that is making waves – literally!
Sea Sydney Harbour has added two of the latest Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Boards to its portfolio and we’re so excited for the Summer season and fun activities to begin! These can be added to any daytime private charter booking* for some additional fun. (*Additional fees and terms and conditions apply.)
Jump in the water for a swim, and enjoy the use of paddle boards, pool noodles and the fun of beach balls bouncing around! We couldn’t think of a better way to spend your Summer days!
I arrived after a long separation – 9 months since we last met, and before that, we had parted for 12 months. My relationship with Sydney seems to be one of love and aversion: when I am here for too long, I wish to leave; and when I am away, I can only dream of my return. Though this time, there seems to be a new energy in the city of Sydney – within which I wish to indulge.
Sydney is known around the world for its beauty: its landmark Harbour Bridge and Opera House, its warm golden beaches, and its friendly and down-to-earth Aussies. But after I return from living and working overseas for a while, I appreciate so much more: the skies here are so blue, the air is so clean, and the city re-development works underway are set to rival some of the best in the world.
What has struck me particularly this time, is the public space that has been claimed back by the people and is free for Sydney siders and visitors to enjoy. Barangaroo Reserve is a shining example of this – set by the beautiful harbour with spectacular urban skyline views, and with native gardens, cycle tracks and walk (or stroll) ways – this place is perfect for an afternoon picnic; and on my visit I was also lucky enough to experience some excellent open-air sculptural installations. Other new sites in the heart of the city offer similar public experiences: Central Park Precinct at Ultimo and the Goods Line that connects Ultimo and Darling Harbour, for example.
Amongst these new iconic points, I also wonder among contemporary architectural gems by world-renowned superstars: One Central Park at Ultimo designed by Jean Nouvel with PTW Architects; and the Dr Chau Chak Wing building at University of Technology by Frank Gehry. And set to come is the reimagined International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour by joint venture Hassell + Populous, and also DUO at Central Park by Foster and Partners.
For the outdoor enthusiast, the design talent, the big city buzzer – Sydney truly offers it all.
In my time overseas, I have been asked of my home city hundreds of times. When I proudly respond with the name Sydney, the reaction is often, “Ahh .. a dream city.” And indeed, Sydney is a dream city, my dream city. I encourage everyone to just lose themselves in its beauty at least once in their life.
When I return next, as I fly in over the stunning Sydney Harbour, I will be looking forward to my further re-discovery of the city – perhaps this time on the water.
A cruise with Sea Sydney Harbour, definitely opens up the scope for photo opportunities and provides uninterrupted views of the beautiful harbour and cityscape. Whether it be for a celebration or simply just to take in the city’s beauty, contact the team directly to make an enquiry. I certainly will be upon my next visit.
Visit Sea Sydney Harbour for further information and find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #sydney #sydneyharbour #harbour #harbourcruise #cruise #lovesydney #dream #dreamcity #city #landmarks #discover #travel #adventure
Bridesmaids, stop the searching, because we have the perfect answer for your ultimate Hen’s party experience… Imagine you and the girls hosting your get together in the very heart of Sydney Harbour, drinking, laughing and creating memories #onaboat.
Whether you are after a day or night event, you and your guests can exclusively hire a beautiful spacious catamaran to host your very own private party and let the fun begin!! Enjoy quality time with the besties and experience uninterrupted views of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours.
Where the Fun Unravels
The vessel is a beautiful catamaran that is available for hire in Sydney Harbour. The 10.5 metre Seawind Resort 1050 is an Australian designed and built sailing catamaran. Perfect for private hen’s parties, the vessel can accommodate for up to 30 people. Make use of the large internal cabin for formalities and party games and enjoy the easy access to the front bow area that will keep your party flowing.
Sea Sydney Harbour’s Hen’s Party package is sure to be an experience that will create memories for a lifetime!
3 hours exclusive vessel hire
An experienced skipper and deck hand/host
Wharf and travel fees for one pick-up and drop-off point
iPod dock with internal and external speakers (choice of your own tunes)
A bottle of champagne
Two large eskys with ice
Onboard safety equipment
There is an array of catering options to select from when hiring the boat, or you can opt to self cater. Our ‘Waves of Platters’ menu is our recommended option for Hen’s parties and this includes cheese, antipasto, wrap and fruit platters to graze on throughout the party. All drinks remain BYO, however included in our Hen’s package is a bottle of champagne to toast the bride to be – or perhaps better utilised to reward the bridesmaids for all their hard work!?!
Entertainment for the Ladies
If you’re looking to add some cheeky entertainment to the celebrations, Sea Sydney Harbour can organise waiters to serve and entertain you on the day. All our waiters are friendly, dare we say sexy, come with a smile, and the bridal party won’t have to lift a finger.
Alternatively why not set sail to the beautiful cityscape with one of the most sought after Sydney Drag Queens hosting your party – the one and only Prada Clutch! A multi-talented singer, performer, hostess, drag queen, showgirl & all-round entertainer she will have you in stitches from the minute you board the vessel and will be sure to make your Hen’s party unforgettable!
Let the Fun Begin!
Let Sea Sydney Harbour host the ultimate Hen’s party for your bestie!! We could not think of anything better than enjoying time with the girls, drinking, laughing and creating memories in the heart of one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.
Check out Sea Sydney Harbour and find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee #hens #hensparty #hensnight #bridetobe #bridesmaids #girls #girlsnightout #girlsjustwanttohavefun
With winter upon us, here are Captain Frank’s favourite winter warming recipes – hearty soups that are simple to make and will leave you wanting more.
PUMPKIN AND CHORIZO SOUP
“You just can’t have pumpkin soup without the addition of chorizo!! And lots of it!!” – Captain Frank
Serves: 4 Prep: 20 mins Cooking Time: 40 mins
1 tbsp olive oil
2 chorizos, finely diced
2 small brown onions, coarsely diced
900g Kent pumpkin, skin removed, seeded, cut into 2.5cm chunks
1 medium carrot, peeled, coarsely diced
3 gloves garlic, chopped
1 dried bay leaf
¾ tsp smoked paprika
¾ tsp ground cumin seeds
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
6 cups water
¼ cup thickened cream
2 tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and chorizo and cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes or until crisp on the outside. Transfer the chorizo on a plate and set aside.
Add the onions then pumpkin and carrot to the same pan and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until the onions and pumpkin begin to soften. Add the garlic, bay leaf, smoked paprika and cumin and cook, stirring for 5 minutes, or until the pumpkin begins to caramelise.
Add the vinegar and cover with the water. Bring to boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender. Add the cream and bring back to a simmer. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Discard the bay leaf.
Working in batches, blend the soup in a blender until smooth. Pour batches back into the saucepan to reheat. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
Ladle into four bowls. Top with cooked chorizo and pepitas.
Optional: Drizzle with extra virgin oil and serve with bread.
Alteration on recipe by Curtis Stone
PEA AND BROCCOLI SOUP WITH CHEESY CROUTONS
“This is a great vegetarian option and the cheesy croutons are the perfect addition to the dish.” – Captain Frank
Serves: 4 Prep: 15 mins Cooking Time: 20 mins
1 tbs olive oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
1 leek, coarsely chopped
1 potato, peeled, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 cups (1L) chicken or vegetable stock
1 small head broccoli, coarsely chopped
2 cups (240g) frozen peas
4 thick slices bread
2 slices tasty cheddar
Coarsely chopped chives
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, leek, potato and garlic. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until the onion softens. Add the stock and bring to boil. Add the broccoli and peas. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes or until broccoli is very tender.
Transfer the broccoli mixture to the jug of a blender and blend until smooth. Return to the saucepan over low heat and heat through.
Preheat a sandwich press or large frying pan over high heat. Spread the butter evenly over 1 side of each bread slice. Sandwich the cheddar, butter side out, between bread slices. Cook in sandwich press for 2 minutes or in frying pan for 2 minutes each side, or until cheddar melts and the bread is golden brown. Cut into 2cm wide croutons.
Divide the soup among serving bowls. Top with the croutons and sprinkle with chives to serve.
Recipe by Curtis Stone
SHARE A MEAL
While sharing these tasty soups with friends and family over a chattering dinner, why not start planning your next celebration and consider an exclusive cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard a beautiful spacious catamaran.
Our favourite skipper Frank took some time out of his busy schedule to share his vision and thoughts on life on Sydney Harbour. Here’s what we discovered in 5 minutes (ok, it may have went a little over time):
What do you love most about being a skipper on Sydney Harbour?
Being able to do something that you love everyday can be hard to find in life. I just love what I do and the fact that I get to do it on one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and share it with others is amazing!
What is your most memorable experience on Sydney Harbour?
Hmmmmm… My most memorable experience would have to be… (long pause) New Years Eve. Spending New Years Eve out on Sydney Harbour every year amongst all the parties and celebrations. I couldn’t ask for a better view!
Have you always wanted to work in the boating industry? How did your passion and love for boats come about?
My passion for boats and the water started from a really young age, when I was out on my uncle’s boat up around Coffs Harbour. I developed a love for the water and I decided then and there I wanted to make a career out of it! I saved up and bought my first boat at the age of 12.
Talking about making a career out of your passion, you’re not just a skipper on the Harbour, but you actually own and drive your own charter boat. When did you establish this business and are there big plans for the near future?
Yes, this is correct. The business (Sea Sydney Harbour) was established in early 2015 when we purchased The Kirralee, our 10.5 metre catamaran. It is going well and so far we are really enjoying it and have already started to expand. I hope together with my wife we can build a strong and solid company. We have some exciting adventures lined up for 2016.
The Kirralee is the name of your charter boat. If you could describe her in a single word what would it be?
What can we expect from an experience aboard The Kirralee?
The opportunity to cruise Sydney Harbour like never before and create memories! If you charter The Kirralee you get exclusive hire for you and your guests and you really explore, or shall I say “Sea Sydney Harbour” (pun intended). Any customer that comes on board receives service with a smile, punctuality, a crew that is willing to go above and beyond and of course use of our spacious, clean boat. Customers are exposed to great views and picture opportunities, while spending qt (quality time) with friends and family. It’s an intimate cruising experience!
Tell me how I go about booking your beautiful catamaran?
You can simply call me direct on +61 452 188 739 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Customer Service team is great and will generally get back to you within 24 hours. You can also jump on our website or our Facebook page to browse through information on the service we provide and see pictures of the fun had aboard The Kirralee. There is lots of it and we definitely hope to see you on board!!
Sea Sydney Harbour Sea Sydney Harbour operates 7 days a week and are happy to accommodate to customer requests for charter dates, times and pick up and drop off locations in Sydney Harbour. To make an enquiry or book your exclusive charter email the team at email@example.com.
It’s back… bigger and brighter than ever!! +5 for the 5 stars that this festival deserves – a true 5 out of 5 star rating!! And +5 for the additional 5 nights that the festival will run for in 2016!!
The longest ever Vivid Sydney Festival will shine for 23 nights, illuminating Sydney Harbour, new and much-love precincts, and hosting vibrant music performances and big ideas talks. The festival runs from Friday 27th May through to Saturday 18th June 2016.
The sails of the Sydney Opera House will continue to be a key feature of the Vivid Lights festival and will transform into an animated canvas of the oldest Australian Indigenous art. Vivid Sydney’s brilliant lights also return to Chatswood, Central Park, Darling Harbour and the Australian National Maritime Museum, Martin Place and new precinct The Galeries, which becomes the festival’s first indoor precinct. Treasured attractions, yet new additions to the festival include Taronga Zoo and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, which will light up during Vivid Sydney in celebration of the monumental anniversaries both celebrate in 2016.
Beyond Vivid Lights, Vivid Music will pulse through the city with new sounds and venues in the line up. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will unleash a series of incredible acts and storytellers, shaping the creative landscape for upcoming artists, who will headline Vivid Ideas.
Vivid Sydney Festival Harbour Cruises
Cruise with colour and creativity and experience the 5 star Vivid Sydney Festival from a prime location cruising Sydney Harbour. See the spectacular sights and sounds and enjoy the scenic views of Sydney’s enlightened buildings and landmarks. Aboard The Kirralee, there are indoor and outdoor areas for viewing the light displays, so skip the crowds and experience the festival on a boat with Sea Sydney Harbour.
Ticketed cruises run for 1.5 hours and there are various departure times on each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings throughout the festival. Cruises will also be running on the public holiday Monday 13th June.
Light refreshments and soft drink will be provided. Passengers can choose to BYO alcoholic beverages. No corkage fees apply.
Vivid Harbour Cruises are perfect to bring along the whole family and enjoy breathtaking views of Sydney and the spectacular light display!
• 1.5 hour charter aboard The Kirralee with an experienced skipper and deck hand/host. An intimate cruising experience with maximum passenger numbers of 30.
• Pick up and drop off at King Street Wharf
• Light refreshments and soft drink
Grab Your Ticket Today!
Named Australia’s best tourism event for 3 consecutive years, this festival is not to be missed!! Why not experience Vivid Sydney aboard a harbour cruise with Sea Sydney Harbour.
Cruise with colour and creativity and enjoy 5 star views of Sydney’s iconic buildings and landmarks bathed in bright lights and vibrant colours. Find Sea Sydney Harbour on Facebook, like our page and follow the ‘Vivid Sydney Festival 2016 Harbour Cruises’ event to discover the latest information and keep up to date on ticket availability. Contact us! Tickets are available now!
Once aboard share your experience on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #vivid #vividsydney #vividsydneyfestival