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

Mate For a Day ;) 
 
Aug. 1, 2009 4:52 pm 
Updated: Aug. 2, 2009 7:03 am
As many of you that follow my blog will know, my husband, T, works as a captain for a day-sail charter boat here in the Virgin Islands. A few days ago, he had a trip to do, but all of the crew mates were assigned to a large group on the other boat the company owns. So guess who got drafted to be the Mate For a Day? Note- I do not only NOT work for the company, I have not worked for anyone since I started my own business 3 years ago. No worries! Though I was a bit hesitant...I am not used to showing up at a certain time to go to work! (I am a jewelry designer/creator and I give myself very flexible hours!)

Well, it was a very nice day, and it was fun to see T in his element! He is an excellent captain, and can single-handedly sail the boat ( a 45 foot trimaran), so I played bartender at the open bar. I mostly mixed up Pain Killers, an island specialty: equal parts rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, a splash of coconut cream, and topped with nutmeg.

I don't know if any of you out there work with your spouses- for me, fun for a day, not sure if I'd want to do it every day!

Anyway, I saved quite a bit of $$ this week on the grocery bill challenge because we had a rare indulgent week. Rules for the budget challenge are that I spend $15/day on food and drink...if we go to happy hour or out for dinner, that is out of T's pocket. Sunday-Tuesday I spent $28.73...see previous blog...Wednesday T brought home a Greek salad and a HUGE calzone from our fave restaurant...Thursday was dinner at a friend's house ($0)...Friday he took me to dinner at a Mexican place in the harbor...tonight (Saturday) is Spinach Salad at home ($14.53) for a total of $43.26. I am able to put $61.74 into vacation fund!

Hope everyone had a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!
Me and My Mate!
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Somewhere in the Caribbean Sea
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Comments
Aug. 1, 2009 6:59 pm
Ahhh man! I think you & T need to switch with Scott & I. I'll be a jewelry designer & Scott will learn how to sail. T gets to be a Graphic Artist & you will be the Communications Director for a Methodist Church! Sounds good huh???
 
Aug. 1, 2009 8:52 pm
No,no,no Scotdog! Barbara you must switch places with me! T will be the Operations Manager of a well testing company, and you will do dayhome(can I leave my 2 kids with you too?). Doesn't that sound fun! The Canadian winters aren't THAT bad, I swear!
 
Aug. 2, 2009 3:32 am
Barbara....were you looking for info. on bento boxes? I left a few web sites on Sat.(in recipe exchange). Have fun!
 
Aug. 2, 2009 7:03 am
Hey a switch would be fun!...but maybe just for a day and not during the winter!
 
 
 
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Barbara K

Home Town
South Bend, Indiana, USA

Member Since
Apr. 2007

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting

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About Me
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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