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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Tomato Cake

posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


The recipe I’m sharing today is for our Tomato Cake, the perfect appetizer for a light, summer meal. Chances are you already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen, so why not try it tonight? Eating like you’re on a Disney cruise is definitely the best remedy for those days when you’re wishing you could be at sea with us.

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Check out the full recipe below and download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Tomato Cake
Serves: 4
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 6 hours

Ingredients
Tomato Cake

  • 12 plum tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • ½ lemon, juice

Goat Cheese

  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • ¹/³ cup whipping cream
  • ¼ lemon, juiced

Garnish

  • 3 shallots, sliced into rings and halved
  • 1 tbsp. picked curly parsley
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

For the Tomato Cake

  1. Make an incision in the top and base of each tomato. Blanch in boiling salted water for 2 minutes until the skin starts to loosen. Then submerge in salted ice water. Then peel the skin off each tomato, cut into quarters and remove the seeds.
  2. Season the tomato quarters with salt and pepper.
  3. Layer ¼ of the tomatoes in a 2-inch ring, adding a half teaspoon of tomato ketchup mixed with the ground cardamom between each layer. Work your way to the top of the ring and layer 2 cm over the top; cover with plastic wrap and place onto a plate.
  4. Add another plate on top, placing a couple cans over the top plate to add weight to the “press.”
  5. Refrigerate at least 5 hours.

For the Dressing

  1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk together.

For the Goat Cheese

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.

Assembly

  1. Remove any of the tomato that has been pressed out over the side of the ring with a knife. Press the tomato cake into the center of the plate, layer the shallots around, spoon the dressing onto the shallots and garnish with the picked parsley. Top the cake with a quenelle of goat cheese and sprinkle with ground black pepper.

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Announcing the New Disney Castaway Cay Challenge

posted on July 21st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Once again we’re teaming up with runDisney for another Castaway Cay Challenge. This time, we’re calling all princesses!

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Runners who complete the Castaway Cay 5K during the February 23-27 Disney Dream voyage, in addition to one 5K event or longer during the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, will earn the Castaway Cay Challenge finisher medal. This is only the second opportunity ever for Disney cruisers to take on this challenge.

If you’ve never joined us for the 5K on Castaway Cay, you’re in for a treat! You’ll be one of the first off the ship once we dock at our private island for amazing views of the pristine lagoons and beaches. And of course, like any Disney race, you’ll be thrilled with surprise magical moments and entertainment throughout the race.

Registration opens tomorrow at noon ET. Head over to runDisney.com for all of the details, and then grab your running shoes and swim suit for what’s sure to be an incredible week of fun!

If you missed our announcement of the inaugural Disney Castaway Cay Challenge in January 2015, take a look back at all the details here. We’re so excited to be partnering with runDisney on these two exclusive events for Disney cruisers!

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First Look at the New Disney Cruise Line Halloween Pumpkin Trees

posted on July 17th, 2014 by Christiaan Abbott, Cruise Director


Ahoy! As a Cruise Director, I am surrounded by top-notch entertainment and events aboard our ships all year long. But even I was completely blown away last fall during our inaugural Halloween on the High Seas cruises aboard the Disney Dream! One of my favorite features was definitely the giant Pumpkin Tree that towered over the atrium lobby, which I want to tell you more about today … and give you an exclusive sneak peek at the spooky sketches for the Pumpkin Trees coming to the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and Disney Fantasy.

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That’s right … We are bringing the ghoulish fun of Halloween on the High Seas to all four ships, which means each lobby will have its very own Pumpkin Tree! Halloween fun is always part of a the excitement of a Disney cruise in October, but for the first time ever, beginning in September we are offering everyone the extra-special celebration that premiered on the Disney Dream last year. (To learn more about our Halloween on the High Seas cruises, check out the 7 Reasons Halloween is Better on the High Seas video Jonathan shared last week.)

Our Pumpkin Trees are inspired by Ray Bradbury’s classic tale about the traditions of Halloween, “The Halloween Tree.” During every sailing, the trees magically transform from eerie and barren into the life of the party, with sprouting Jack-O-Lanterns, flickering lights and a booming voice. Each Pumpkin Tree is tended to by a mysterious caretaker, who tells stories of the haunted holiday as guests gather in the ghostly shadow of the tree.

What makes our Pumpkin Trees even more magical is that each one has its own unique look and personality, so guests have something different to look forward to aboard every ship. We’re planting the seeds for these trees right now, but our team shared concept art that I thought you’d enjoy seeing. Here’s a first look at the frighteningly friendly faces that you will meet aboard our haunted Halloween voyages this fall:

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Which ship’s magical Pumpkin Tree will you see rooted this fall? If it’s the Disney Dream, I’ll see you then!

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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Slaw

posted on July 15th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


If you’ve been on a Disney cruise, there’s no doubt you’ve noticed the variety of cuisines available for you to try. Part of the fun of traveling is experiencing new things, which we make possible for our guests in many ways … including dining!

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Today’s dish is Cajun-inspired, so its preparation is simple. Just toss all of the flavorful ingredients together for a delicious Louisiana-style meal!

Check out the full recipe below and download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Cajun Shrimp Slaw with Louisiana Sauce
Serves: 6
Skill Level: Easy
Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 white cabbage (finely shredded)
  • 5 21–25 shrimp (cooked and peeled)
  • 1 white onion (finely sliced)
  • 
1 carrot (shredded)
  • 
1 tsp. horseradish sauce
  • 
3 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1⁄4 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp. cajun spice
  • 
6 drops Tabasco sauce
  • 3 tbsp. roasted peanuts
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp. curly parsley (chopped)
  • salt and pepper
  • 
1 tsp. picked dill for garnish

For the Cajun Shrimp Slaw

  1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and gently toss together.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Chill before serving.

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7 Reasons Halloween is Better on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 10th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Summertime may just be getting started, but I’m already excited about the fun in store for Disney cruisers this fall. For the first time ever, we are celebrating Halloween on the High Seas aboard all four ships!

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Last year, our Halloween on the High Seas cruises aboard the Disney Dream were so popular that this year we’re bringing the excitement to the Disney Fantasy, Disney Wonder and Disney Magic, too!

Beginning this September, our Halloween-themed cruises are packed with costume parties, frighteningly fun activities, lively entertainment and even a Pumpkin Tree that magically transforms throughout the cruise. (More on that next week!)

If you love a ghoulishly good time as much as we do, you’re sure to agree that Halloween is better on the High Seas. Here’s just seven reasons why we think so …

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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Guava Glazed Barbecue Ribs

posted on July 8th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


I hope you’re enjoying our summer recipes series from Disney Cruise Line. If you aren’t sailing with us this summer, you may as well eat like you are!

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Today’s recipe is for our Guava Glazed Barbecue Ribs. The delicious 24-hour marinade is made with a variety of herbs and spices and is the perfect complement to our sweet guava barbecue sauce. These ribs are a must for your next summer party!

You can also download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Guava Glazed Barbecue Ribs
Serves: 4
Skill Level: Easy
Time: 24 hours

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 
3 tbsp. cilantro (chopped)
  • 
3 tbsp. oregano (chopped)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin

  • 1 tsp. cracked black pepper
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar

  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 
2 bay leaves

  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 
1 rack pork spareribs

Guava Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 cup guava puree

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 3⁄4 cup clear honey

For the Rib Marinade

  1. Place all the ingredients, except the water and bay leaves, in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth, place into a mixing bowl and add the bay leaves and water.
  3. Pour the mixture over the ribs so both sides are covered and marinate for a minimum of 24 hours.

For the Guava Sauce

  1. Mix ingredients together.

For the Ribs

  1. Transfer the ribs and the marinade to a roasting pan*, cover and place into a preheated oven at 270 degrees. Roast for 1.5 hours.
  2. Remove the ribs from the marinade and place onto another baking tray, brush with the guava barbecue sauce and place back into the oven. Roast for 25 minutes at 340 degrees until cooked through and glazed.
  3. Remove and rest for 10 minutes, then carve.

*Can also be done in a covered barbecue grill.

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Celebrating July 4th With Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 4th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Happy Fourth of July! We know that holidays are when many families reconnect and spend time together, which is why we work to make them special for those celebrating onboard with us.

Today, it’s not just our ships adorned with red, white and blue…

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Up on deck, we’re throwing a special party, complete with streamers, American flags and patriotic music, plus a special performance by Mickey and the gang! Kids can get their faces painted, join in on arts and crafts and help decorate the youth clubs in red, white and blue.

We’re even serving patriotic food and beverages, including blueberry muffins with red, white and blue icing for breakfast, an American themed buffet for lunch and additional All-American selections for dinner. Our drinks of the day are “The American” and “BlueBerry Lemon Ice Tea.”

If you weren’t able to join us onboard today, make yourself one of these refreshing drinks and say “cheers” with your family to your next Disney cruise!

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The American

  • 1 ½ oz White Tequila
  • ½ oz St Germain Elderflower
  • Dash of Watermelon Syrup
  • ¼ oz Agave Nectar
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • Garnish- watermelon skewers

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BlueBerry Lemon Ice Tea

  • Exotic Berry Ice Tea
  • Fresh Berries (muddled)
  • Top with Sprite
  • Garnish: Berries
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Travel + Leisure Readers Recognize Disney Cruise Line & Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on July 2nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Once again, we have readers and fans to thank for more amazing awards. Today, Travel + Leisure announced its World’s Best Awards 2014, and Disney Cruise Line and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa earned top distinctions.

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Disney Cruise Line was named the Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line for the first time and the Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line for Families once again. Readers rated cruise lines on several different criteria, including cabins, food, service, itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities and value.

On land, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, was named the Top Hotel for Families in the United States. That’s no surprise, given how many families continue to tell us how much they love this beautiful Disney resort in Hawaii.

What do you and your family like best about Disney Cruise Line and Aulani?

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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Summer Pudding

posted on July 1st, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


I don’t know about you, but whenever I think about summer desserts, fresh berries and cream always come to mind. If you’re searching for that perfect treat to bring to your July 4th celebration, I have the perfect one for you. Our summer pudding with berry compote is light and refreshing and has just enough sweetness to be the talk of the party!

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Download our keepsake recipe card here, and be sure to multiply the ingredient amounts if you’re serving several people. Enjoy!

Summer Pudding with Berry Compote
Serves: 4
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 5 hours

Ingredients

  • 8 white bread slices (crust off, cut into triangles lengthwise—2 slices per soufflé)
  • 11⁄4 cups fresh strawberries (cut into quarters)
  • 11⁄4 cups fresh black berries
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 11⁄2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 oz. clotted cream

For the Summer Pudding

  1. Place 3⁄4 cup sugar and 5 tbsp. of water into a large pan. Gently heat until sugar dissolves. Stir a few times. Bring to a boil for 1 minute and then place in the fresh berries. Cook for 5 minutes over a low heat, stirring 2–3 times. The fruit will be softened, mostly intact and surrounded by dark red juice. Set aside.
  2. Line a soufflé dish with plastic wrap. Place 4 triangle-shaped bread pieces around the inside of the soufflé dish with the pointed side facing the bottom of the dish. This creates a bread bowl. Allow the top edge of the bread pieces to extrude above the top of the dish, which will form the bottom of the pudding.
  3. Scoop the berry mixture with juice into the bread bowl, allowing the juice to soak the bread.
  4. Fill and then bend over the top ends of the bread triangles. Pull the plastic wrap together over the top, forming a seal. Repeat for the other 3 soufflé dishes. Place a tray over the top of the souffle dishes for weight and chill in fridge for 3–4 hours.
  5. Place the rest of the berry mixture back on the stove with 3⁄4 cup sugar in a large pan. Heat the mixture until it starts to boil. Simmer for two minutes, let cool and then refrigerate.

Assembly

  1. Release the plastic wrap, flip the soufflé dish upside down and place the pudding in the middle of a plate. Spoon the berry compote over the top of the pudding, letting the berries run down onto the plate. Then decorate with fresh berries around the pudding, some micro-mint to give contrast and a quenelle of clotted cream onto the top.
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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Seafood Paella

posted on June 24th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


This summer, Disney Magic cruisers are in for a special treat as we sail away from Barcelona. Out on the open-air deck, we’re cooking up an incredibly delicious, Spanish-inspired dish – seafood paella!

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Fresh clams, mussels, chicken, chorizo and prawns are just some of the ingredients mixed in with our specialty saffron-infused bomba rice to give this dish an unbelievable amount of flavor.

Even if you aren’t sailing in Europe with us this summer, you can still bring a taste of the Mediterranean into your home with this mouthwatering Disney Cruise Line recipe. You can also download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Seafood Paella
Serves 8
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 pound chicken tenders (3⁄4” dice)
  • 1 tsp. paprika spice

  • 4 garlic cloves (crushed)

  • 1⁄2 pound chorizo sausage (5” slice)
  • 1⁄2 cup olive oil
  • 13⁄4 cup paella rice

  • 1⁄2 Spanish/yellow onion (finely diced)

  • 1 1⁄2 cups fish stock

  • 1 1⁄2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1⁄2 cups tomato juice
  • 2 beef tomatoes (seeded, skinned and finely diced)
  • 1 tsp. saffron threads

  • 3⁄4 cup green peas

  • 3⁄4 cup tiger shrimps (peeled)
  • 3⁄4 cup scallops (10–20)

  • 3⁄4 cup squid (1⁄4” slice)

  • 3⁄4 cup mussels

  • 3⁄4 cup small clams (like littleneck clams)

  • 3⁄4 cup lobster tail (3⁄4” slice)

  • 1 tbsp. salt ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp. flat-leaf parsley (roughly chopped)

Saffron Aioli

  • 1⁄4 tsp. saffron threads

  • 4 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp. white wine

  • 3⁄4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

Red Pepper Rouille

  • 1 roasted red bell pepper (peeled and deseeded)
  • 1 garlic clove (roasted)

  • 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

For the Seafood Paella

  1. Toss chicken tenders with paprika spice and one chopped garlic clove in a bowl. Chill for 4 hours.
  2. Sear both sides of the scallops, then set aside. Sauté the chorizo, chicken and lobster in 1⁄4 cup of olive oil. Once cooked medium well, place onto a paper towel and set aside.
  3. Pour the remainder of the olive oil into the pan and bring to temperature to gently sauté the onion and the rest of the garlic. Once the onion is transparent, add the rice.
  4. Gradually add the HOT chicken and fish stock (a little at a time while continually stirring). Then add the tomato juice and chopped tomatoes. Once the rice is 3⁄4 cooked through, add the scallops, chorizo, chicken, lobster and remaining ingredients (except the flat parsley, clams and mussels). Continue stirring.
  5. Once the stock has been absorbed and the rice is cooked, stir in the peas and flat parsley. Lay the clams and mussels on top of the rice and cover with a clean napkin.
  6. The heat of the paella will open the shellfish.

For the Saffron Aioli

  1. Place the saffron threads into the white wine and reduce by half, let cool, then mix with the remaining Ingredients.

For the Red Pepper Rouille

  1. Blend the roasted red bell pepper, roasted garlic and red wine vinegar in a food processor. Mix with the mayonnaise and season with the cayenne pepper.
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