Starting With the Basics (ASA 101, Part I.) & Tacos with Potatoes and Beans [VEGAN RECIPE]

Good Morning Everyone!

How are you today? It’s almost the weekend! Wee!! Are you as excited for it as I am? I hope you are 🙂 Today I want to talk about the basics of a sailboat. But before we jump into it I want to tell you why I am choosing to get my ASA 101 certification. I remember the day that my parents signed me up for the driving course at my high school. It was held on Saturdays throughout summer. So besides being stuck inside with 50 other unhappy teenagers, during the summer, I had to listen to a man drone on and on about how many people die annually from drunk driving. I was less than thrilled to be there. However, flash forward to the day I got my first car. It was a “junker” car handed down by my grandmother. I affectionately named my bright, teal Buick, Herb.

No sooner had I jumped on I-75 with 8 lanes (on each side) of people going 85 mph did I realize why that driving course was so critical. I was petrified. But, soon I got the hang of it and zoomed along with the flow of traffic.

Similarly, when this dream of sailing was born I thought to myself, “it might be prudent to take a sailing course or two to know what I’m doing and steer the ship!”.

If you choose to go to sailing school there are two main organizations to choose from:

Given that I live in the USA, I will be telling you about the Sailing 101 curriculum under the ASA certification guidelines.

Part of the ASA 101 sailing certification course requires you to be able to identify many parts of the sailboat. So let’s take a look at this more closely:



You will need to identify the following parts: 

  • Hull– the bottom of the boat
  • Keel– fin along bottom of hull
  • Bow Pulpit- the front-most area of the boat with a small platform (the pulpit)
  • Traveller- mounted typically in the cockpit or cabin top; used for changing the position where the mainsheet tackle connects to the boat.
  • Deck- the top of the ship where you can walk around
  • Mast- the central pole in the ship
  • Boom- the horizontal pole connected to the mast that holds the sails
  • Gooseneck- the swivel connection on a sailboat by which the boom attaches to the mast. (See diagram above).
  • Stern- the back of the ship
  • Lifelines- The metal cables running along the perimeter of the deck
  • Mainsail- The larger main sail of the boat
  • Bow- the front of the ship
  • Jib- the smaller sail in front of the mast. It does not have a boom.
  • Stern Pulpit- the area in the back of the boat with safety tubing or lifelines
  • Cabin- the living area/quarters below deck
  • Spreaders- is a spar on a sailboat used to deflect the shrouds to allow then to better support the mast. (See link for image).
  • Headstay- (same as the forestay) a piece of standing rigging that keeps the mast from falling backwards
  • Shrouds- pieces of standing rigging which hold the mast up from side to side.
  • Forestay- a piece of standing rigging which keeps the mast from falling backwards
  • Backstay- a piece of standing rigging to keep the mast from mast from falling forward




And now let’s look at today’s recipe 🙂

These potato and bean tacos are absolutely delicious, Vegan, and are super cheap to make! I wasn’t sure if the flavors would come together but they work perfectly! Here’s a inside tip for you: the more black beans you pour over the top of the tacos, the better tasting they will be. I promise! In my head, I didn’t think beans and mashed potatoes would work together. But given that potatoes are just as bland as rice, I guess it’s no surprise that they do! I also loved that since this recipe uses unprocessed ingredients, it digests well on the stomach. Stay tuned for more delicious recipes. I hope you love these tacos as much as we did. Have a wonderful Thursday everyone, and as always, keep on cooking! ❤


Tacos with Potatoes and Beans

Serves: 6-8


For the Potato Mash Tacos: 

  • 10 red potatoes, cubed, boiled and mashed
  • 1/4 c. almond milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • Several dashes of garlic powder
  • 1 pack of flour or corn tortillas

For the Beans: 

  • 1 (14 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 can (from the black beans) of water


  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped finely


  1. Prepare the mashed potatoes. In a large pot, place the chopped potatoes and fill at least halfway to submerge them completely. Boil over medium-high heat until tender enough to prick with a fork. (Mine took about 25 minutes). Drain.
  2. Mash the potatoes and add in the almond milk, salt, and garlic powder. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Next prepare the bean mash. In a small saucepan pour in the rinsed, and drained can of beans. Then fill the can halfway with water (about 7 ounces worth) and pour into the pot. Turn on the heat to medium-high. Mash the beans. Season with salt and let reduce until it thickens slightly.
  4. While it’s reducing, chop up the tomato, green onions, and yellow onion. Set aside.
  5. Assemble your dish! Place the potato mash inside the tortilla and fold over. Set it on the serving plate. Then drizzle with bean mash/sauce. Garnish with the chopped tomato, yellow onion, and green onion. Serve hot and enjoy!

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