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Galley Notes: Cooking for $15 a day...on a sailboat!

Piggy Banks Gets $4.92! 
Jun. 13, 2009 9:20 am 
Updated: Jun. 18, 2009 6:03 pm
 Hello! I am at the end of  my week with my $15 a day menu challenge, and I am pleased to report that I came in $4.92 under budget, so that will go into my piggy bank for the next vacation. It has been very hot here the last couple of days, so I am using the crockpot again for dinner tonight- I can't bear to heat the oven. I am making Chili by George from this site, and I spent $10.94 at the store.

Some readers have asked if there are any downsides to living on a boat. Of course- our water pump! We have replaced it 4 times in the last 4 years (they are supposed to last maybe 10), and we (I mean T) can't figure out the problem. T left early this morning to go spearfishing, and he  informed me that the pump went nuts overnight and pumped all the water out of our tank. Which we had just put 90 gallons into. Where does all of this water go? Into the bilge! That's an area under the floorboards. For some reason the bilge pump also failed and all of the water was just sitting there, so T had to pump it out manually. If there is too much water in the bilge, the boat floods. We have accidentally flooded the boat three times, by putting the hose in to fill the water tanks and forgetting about it. Ooops! Living on a boat is a lot like camping but a little more complicated.

Anyway, I hope T can fix it when he gets home- until then I am washing dishes with the hose on the dock!

Hope everyone has a great day!
Jun. 13, 2009 11:22 am
Even with your floods, sounds like a fun life. Wish I'd had a few more "adventures" in my younger days but I've made up for a lot since I passed the 50 mark.
Jun. 13, 2009 12:51 pm
Even with the trouble you seem to have you are enjoying life. Thanks for the post!
Jun. 14, 2009 12:28 pm
What I want to know is......where on earth do you go for a "vacation" if you live on a boat in the Virgin Islands? I can't imagine. And why $15 per day?
Jun. 14, 2009 4:54 pm
Does T ever catch a crab or lobster for dinner!.. I've never cooked a live thing before. I guy them dead except for clams, I heard those were alive but and that's why they open after cooked because they've died in the shells..
Jun. 15, 2009 12:07 am
Hi Barbara! Your blog caught my eye because we're trying to cook decent meals on a tight budget. After reading through, I became more interested in your stories of life on a boat! You should write a book or something. Keep blogging i want to hear more =)
Jun. 16, 2009 4:40 am
Thanks for the comments! Our last vacation was Paris and Barcelona...as wonderful as it is here, change for a week or two is always good! T frequently catches lobster and all kinds of fish. I decided on $15/day because it's low enough to be challenging but possible. Everything here is so expensive it's one of the few costs I can control!
Jun. 18, 2009 7:25 am
U r living my kind of life! My husband is from the city.He will tent camp w/ me & our kids sometime. He likes boating though.To tell you the truth, I liked the time when our world stood still.No phone, electricity (though a toilet was nice 3 months later),no mail, tv,etc.Just my family.When my kids get old enough, I plan to travel w/ my backpack. But a boat sounds great. We call my friend, "Boatman" for his life on a boat. I try to spend $15 on a meal for a family of 5.The rest gets spent on sale items for my stock. I shop the weekly sale ads and price-match to Walmart. That is the only place to shop here since Katrina.Do they do anything like this where you are? I save a lot! From my experience visiting Florida, the cost of living is doubled there!Texas is cheaper than here in Mississippi. I enjoy your blog. Please keep writing.
Jun. 18, 2009 7:53 am
This may be too country for some but I cook chicken and dumplings (noodles as some say) sometimes. It is time consuming. About 2 hours but cheap and good. My kids also love homemade chicken pot pie. Other cheap favorites are Fabulous Tuna Noodle Casserole from Southern Living, shrimp gumbo,jambalya, stir-fry, and beans.I'm tired of the same stuff though and searching for new ideas.
Jun. 18, 2009 6:03 pm
Thanks cook-a-lot! I can't imagine doing my budget for a family of five! No, we don't have any kind of price matching,or coupons, or Walmart,etc here. I do make chicken pot pie frequently- when pie crusts are on sale- and I've been meaning to try a chicken and dumplings in the crockpot. If you have been following my blog, you may know that I spent about 5 years in New Orleans, pre-Katrina. It was absolutlely heartbreaking to watch the weather channel and see that enormous approaching storm. I hope that you are faring well since. Thanks for the meal suggestions!
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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
My favorite things to cook
I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
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My very first turkey for my husband! It's called a Black Turkey, and the best I've ever had!
My cooking tragedies
There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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