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

Happy Island 
Jul. 21, 2009 9:54 am 
Updated: Aug. 1, 2009 9:06 am
Happy Island, also known as Cass Cay, is an uninhabited island outside of our marina, about a 15 minute dinghy ride away. Since the water in the marina isn't suitable for swimming, many of the live-aboards zip out here for a cool swim on a hot day.

I can't seem to get a straight answer as to why it's nicknamed Happy Island, though most people tell me a version of "When you come out here you are happy!" This is usually thanks to copious amounts of rum:). I have known some people to camp out here, but, as pretty as it  is, I never would. There are thousands of hermit crabs on the island and they will devour anything. Sometimes we will take a picnic lunch over, and if you set down some food, in a manner of minutes it is swarmed by the crabs. The click-click of their claws is the stuff of  nightmares. Some say you have to bring a food offering or the crabs will eat you!

The water on one side of the island is called False Entrance (the photos of waves breaking over a very shallow reef). Boats on the other side can't see the reef, and an attempt to enter will result in a shipwreck! I have come out here the last couple of days with the dog and my neighbors. They live part of the year here on their boat and the other part in Wisconsin. When they came down last week, they discovered a mourning dove nesting with two little baby chicks in the folds of their sail, so they haven't been able to take their boat out. The dog loves to fetch coconuts, take a swim, roam the island- she is one happy dog on Happy Island!

On budget so far for the week- Sunday we had leftover chili with chips ($4), Monday was Salisbury Steak with mashed potatoes and carrots ($15.75), and tonight will be Sweet Potato Enchiladas ($11.23).

Have a great day everyone!
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Jul. 21, 2009 10:21 am
Those are some gorgeous photos! I'm getting on my imaginary plane right now heading for Happy Island.
Jul. 21, 2009 12:51 pm
wow! just beautiful!
Jul. 21, 2009 1:03 pm
Where do you live? Beside on a boat :)
Jul. 21, 2009 1:04 pm
nevermind I just read your profile hehehe
Jul. 21, 2009 1:19 pm
I wouldn't care for the crabs, but look at that beautiful water!!
Jul. 21, 2009 7:25 pm
Got a pot of boiling water handy? I'd have a nice crab dinner! Thanks for sharing. It looks beautiful!
Jul. 21, 2009 7:39 pm
I am so jealous, I'm turning green.....
Jul. 24, 2009 11:56 am
I love reading your blogs so please keep them coming! You have THE LIFE, that's for sure!!! I noticed your profile says you make jewelry, can you put some pics up of it? I'd love to see, it just sounds like the most fun thing to do for work!
Aug. 1, 2009 9:06 am
Those sweet potato enchiladas were incredible! Barbara also made scotch bonnet pepper sauce from scratch, and, boy was it HOT and GOOD! The jar we were sent home with (across the dock) only lasted a day or two! I'm a heat-seeker when it comes to weather and food! Delicious!
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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.
My cooking triumphs
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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