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

Vegetarian Pool Party 
Jul. 25, 2009 10:21 am 
Updated: Aug. 8, 2009 8:19 am
Today is the end of the week for my weekly budget challenge- spending only $15 per day- and tonight's dinner will be a real challenge, as I only have $2.25 to spend. I've done an ingredient search on every combination of the random items in the galley, and nothing is jumping out at me yet. I have things like bacon, yeast, fig preserves, blackberry salad dressing, you get the idea. Some of my budget busters for the week have been very expensive chicken ($9.32 for two breasts!), some nice wine I bought for a dinner party, and making an entree for 6 for another dinner party. But don't get me wrong! I love to have dinner with friends and that's definitely a forgivable way of going slightly over budget.

Yesterday we got together at a friend's house for an afternoon by the pool followed by dinner. Three of the 6 people there are strict vegetarians, so that was the theme for dinner. T and I are always trying to eat more veg than meat, so I was very happy to try some new dishes from my friends LS and LW.

LS made a tomato tart for an appetizer: homemade pie crust slathered with dijon mustard and topped with sliced roma tomatoes, shaved parmesan cheese, and fresh rosemary. It's baked just until the cheese melts. I made my favorite vegetarian dish, Tofu Parmigiana. I make this frequently, and it's so good that LS's husband, who eats meat every day, even had a few bites with his steak. LS also made a savory bread pudding with spinach- something I had never heard of- which was very good and something I would have not thought to try. LW made curry couscous with celery and grapes, also very good. I have never made couscous but this sounded very simple- they also live/cook on a boat. Has anyone else tried a dish this week that you wouldn't ordinarily make? Were you being adventurous on your own, or did someone make it for you?

Dessert was macaroons, little chocolate bars, and shots of tequila. The chocolate/tequila shots are a tradition at their house, but I am usually drinking wine so I opt out. A tequila and wine hangover is not good!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Tomato Tart
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Tofu Parmigiana
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Spinach Pudding
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Curry Couscous
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Jul. 25, 2009 3:53 pm
thanks for the update barb, always nice checking in....
Jul. 25, 2009 11:15 pm
Hi Barb, next time you need help coming up with a meal from odd combonations why not pick the brains of the girls on the Recipe Exchange here at AR??? Stop over sometime....its so much fun! Just ask for a recipe with certain ingredients and usually you'll get several recipe suggestions within minutes! Just click on the RECIPE EXCHANGE tab underneath the SEARCH bar at the top of this page! Would love to see you there! And as always... Love your blog!
Jul. 26, 2009 5:05 am
Sorry Deborah! The tofu recipe is Tofu Parmigiana from AR.
There are a couple tricks to firming up the inside of tofu- freeze it first or slightly pre-bake (that's what I do). I think tofu is kind of like chicken, it takes on the flavor of whatever you marinate or sauce it with. Cindy- thanks for the Exchange suggestion- I've browsed a few times but never tried!
Jul. 26, 2009 10:20 am
Barbara- I have made that tofu parmigiana. It is good, but my favorite tofu recipe from this site is the spicy wicked stir fried tofu- so good! When I was looking at your list of items I was actually thinking that the bacon/fig preserves might be a good sweet/savory combo in something? Any way always enjoy reading your blog.
Jul. 27, 2009 12:40 am
Always love your blog, the pictures (especially ones including the ocean - soooo jealous!), and how you stick to your budget! Rock on. :D
Jul. 27, 2009 6:12 am
What is this tequila/chocolate concotion you speak of?
Jul. 27, 2009 8:52 pm
Yum - any chance the Spinach Pudding recipe is available to us deprived landlubbers? I enjoy reading your blog, and I looove your backyard, LOL.
Jul. 28, 2009 4:25 am
The Spinach Pudding recipe was from a cooking show (can't remember which one) but I saw a recipe in Vegetarian Times that is the same idea, but with asparagus and mushroom, so here is a link to that:
Oh, the tequila/chocolate thing: Pour a shot of good, sipping tequila and take bites of chocolate while you drink the tequila. My friends who introduced this to us are from Texas where they drink a lot of tequila!
Aug. 8, 2009 8:19 am
Oops - just got back to this - thanks for the link!
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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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