A Nutritious Salad from Oceania

Courtesy of Oceania Cruises.

Oceania Cruises prides itself on having some of the best chefs and dishes sailing the seven seas. In fact, the deluxe line is home to the only restaurants that bear Jacques Pepin’s name. The famed French chef serves as the culinary inspiration for all of Oceania, working with the ships’ chefs to develop menus and demo dishes.

Here is a recipe for one of the expertly constructed dishes that is available on board. Bon appetite!

Salad: Spring Greens with Orange, Fennel, Manchego and Macadamia Vinaigrette

Serves 4 to 6 people


  • 1-Large Fennel Bulb
  • 24-raw Macadamia nuts (cut in half)
  • 2- oranges
  • 12-cups mixed baby greens
  • 5-ounces of Manchego Cheese
  • 6-to-12- springs of chervil
  • 1- tbs finely chopped shallot
  • 2.5-tbs lemon juice
  • .5- cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper


1. Discard the fronds and stalks of the Fennel. Cut the bulb in half and peel of and discard the tough outer layer along with the core.

2. Cut the remaining bulb into thin slices using a mandolin. Place these slices in a bowl of ice water for 30 min.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spread the macadamia nut halves on a sheet and toast until golden (should be about 10 min.) [Read more →]

March 30, 2012   2 Comments

Irish Eats: Soda Bread

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Just because you may be in international waters it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Many cruise lines offer up special holiday meals in honor of the holiday. Including green beer.

Anything can be made green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, it just takes a small drop of food coloring, but to truly get an authentic taste of Ireland, Soda Bread is where it’s at. The bread, which is made with baking soda instead of yeast, gained popularity in the 19th century and has been a welcome dish on any Irish dinner table since.

But to have authentic Irish Soda Bread, a Cruise to Ireland should be on your to-do list.

In the meantime we’ve got a simple recipe for you. Best of all this recipe only has four steps. [Read more →]

March 16, 2012   No Comments