About this site

Piers and Lin du Pré bought their new Fleming 55 / 129, Play d'eau, in 2003.

She was berthed in Beaucette Marina, Guernsey in the Channel Islands at N49° 30’.197 W002° 30’.350 until she was sold in October 2021.

This site charts the thrilling adventures they had in her.

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Recent Posts

Crouton Soldiers

These are so much more fun than the usual square croutons, and so simple to make.

Crouton soldiers, golden brown
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For the Crouton Soldiers

1 slice of bread/person
1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp sesame oil (enough for 18 crouton soldiers)
Kitchen paper

Making the Crouton Soldiers

Carefully cut the sliced bread into 8cm x 2cm strips.

Mix the oils, and sprinkle onto both sides of the crouton soldiers.

Tip – we mix the oils since sesame oil on its own can easily burn at a low temperature.

Warm a frying pan over a medium heat and add the crouton soldiers. After a minute, turn them over. You are looking for a lovely golden brown on both sides.

When they’re done, lift them out and place them on kitchen paper to absorb any surplus oil.

Crunchy and gorgeous.

Ensure no one is about when you make them – they’ll disappear without trace if you aren’t watching like a hawk!

Piers and Lin
From the Galley of
Play d’eau
Fleming 55

You can get in touch with us any time by using our Contact Form.

2 comments to Crouton Soldiers

  • Chris +Donna Dawn Capers

    Hi Piers and Lin
    Seems like you are having a wonderful time. We are of to the Normandy coast this week for 2 weeks hope the weather is going to hold! We had a bad start to the year with Donna having a heart attack and a6 times heart bypass, anyway all has gone well and looking forward to getting away. Donna is making great progress and our life is back on track. Look forward to seeing you sometime at Haslar or Channel Isles . Happy cruising

    • Hi Chris and Dawn. So sorry to hear of the heart issues. Lin and I trust all will go well for you now. Please keep in touch, and here’s to a great rest of season on the water. If you ever come to the CIs, do contact us. Love to see you again. Piers and Lin (and Toby if he knew – he’s in south Africa at the moment planning his marriage!)

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