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

Figs in the Barnyard 
Jul. 28, 2009 2:47 pm 
Updated: Jan. 19, 2010 12:12 pm
Our part-time boat neighbors left for their Wisconsin home this morning, so last night we had a "clean out the fridge" pizza party. LW and I both had some flatbreads, which are perfect for little pizzas with different toppings.

In my last blog I wrote about some random ingredients I was trying to use for dinner since I only had $2.25 left for the budget-week. We ended up having pasta tossed with bacon and a fried egg on top (weird but really good, and made the week under budget!). Thanks, though, to SweetJam who suggested my fig spread and bacon would make a nice sweet/savory pair in something. So...

One of my favorite mini pizzas from last night was flatbread spread with the fig preserves, topped with marinated green olives, garlic, bacon, and barnyard cheese. I don't know the real name of this cheese, we lost the label a week ago, but insert here your favorite ash-marbled, semi-hard cheese that tastes the way a barnyard smells. T had bought it for some apps a week ago ($16 for half a pound!), and we have (kind of) learned to like it over the course of the week. I am usually not big on the smelly cheese...

Anyway, paired with the fig and the bacon it was fabulous! We also made some veg-friendly pizzas for our veg neighbors, most notably tomato with our fresh basil and oregano. Our basil is a monster- given to us by a friend who is magical with basil- and I am hoping it will withstand the constant sun on the boat. I've had my oregano for a while, and it's been a trooper.

So far for the budget this week: Sunday, pizzas and wine ($18.36), Monday, more pizzas ($0), and tonight is Moist Garlic Chicken (in the microwave- try it, you will like it!) with cabbage and carrots, and Slow Cooker Stuffing ($10.37). The departing neighbors left us with some random leftover groceries, so there should be some cheap meals this week!!
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Jul. 28, 2009 3:03 pm
My first thought was my beverage bill would kill my budget/grocery bill. Would I have to include it? LOL! My step-dad is the super canner & just gave me some fig preserves. I was wondering what the heck to do with them. Not sure I'm brave enough for pizza though!
Jul. 28, 2009 10:54 pm
The fig pizza sounds right up my ally. We do a pizza/salad combo -- spread the pizza base with caramelized onion jam (similar in sweetnes to fig), then top with blue cheese crumbles, mixed lettuces tossed with a vinegarette, and sliced pears and walnuts. Sweet, salty, sour bliss.
Jul. 29, 2009 7:23 am
I've had a jar of fig preserves in my cupboard for 4 months and I have pizza dough! I'm so making this for dinner. Holy Moly, I just realized I have bacon too! Thanks for the inspiration.
Jul. 30, 2009 7:42 am
Fig is SOOOOO good on pizza with arugula and a fried egg on top- yes it is the BEST! Glad you liked the bacon/fig thing I love sweet and savory together.
Jul. 31, 2009 5:45 am
I was there, and it was REALLY good! When we first tried the "barnyard cheese" we were a little skeptical; however, the next time we had it on these delicious pizzas with the fig preserves . . . DELICIOUS! Barbara and her husband do a wonderful job with their budget. The food is always great and Barbara's ideas are always inspirational! Thanks for all of the good food, fun, and lots of laughs!
Jul. 31, 2009 4:33 pm
Hi LW! Thanks! We miss you guys!
Jan. 19, 2010 12:12 pm
Hi Barbara!! I have become fasincated with your blog. You are such a brave chef...always trying new things I would never think of. I have to ask...moist garlic chicken in the microwave??? Please share this recipe
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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.
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!
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There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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