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

Misery Hour 
Jul. 1, 2009 5:33 pm 
Updated: Jul. 2, 2009 6:22 pm
Hello Everyone!  Earlier this week, instead of going to Happy Hour, we went to Misery Hour: one of our favorite restaurants, The Toad and Tart, is owned by an Englishwoman with a sense of humor. (It's not clear in the photo, but her roadside sign says "Leftovers and Roadkill") Hence- the same kind of drink specials at Happy Hour, but we go there to be miserable! Really though, the owner is also the cook, and she makes some truly fantastic dishes- English pub fare like Bangers and Mash, Shepherd's Pie, Mad Cow Meatloaf. T had the night's special, Prime Rib, served with a side of the best potatoes and carrots that I have ever had, anywhere, hands down. I think the carrots are just cooked and mashed with butter, but they have an amazing fresh earthy flavor that I've yet to replicate.

I had Duckstickers- potstickers filled with duck- oh my, and a Blue Raspberry Salad. Mixed greens with blue cheese chunks, raspberries, walnuts, some other stuff I can't remember, and a raspberry vinaigrette. Delicious.

We have done well with the menu challenge ($15/day) so far this week: Monday was sandwiches with mashed potatoes (leftovers), Tuesday was fresh pasta with a chunky tomato sauce and garlic bread ($10.05), and tonight is a Crab Corn Chowder. No specific recipe, just lots of green onions, potatoes, creamed corn, regular corn, crab, seasonings to taste. It's in the crockpot, and I will add cream when T gets home from his night dive.I am also making my first attempt at bread bowls (Italian Bread Bowls from this site), so I hope they turn out well!

Total for the day was $15 even, $25.05 for the week so far. If I am coming in underbudget, I would like to splurge on some lamb chops later in the week. $13 for three of the smallest chops you have ever seen, but this was an appetizer that we made at our cooking class in Paris a few months ago, and have been wanting to try at home. Anyway.

Have a great day everyone!
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Jul. 1, 2009 11:19 pm
That doesn't sound so miserable to me! Congrats on staying on budget! Remember the prize at the end of the tunnel! Hugs!
Jul. 2, 2009 6:22 pm
I know! It's not miserable at all...that's just what the owner with her humor calls Happy Hour!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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