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

Treasure Island 
Aug. 9, 2009 12:13 pm 
Updated: Aug. 20, 2009 7:21 am
Yesterday we took a boat trip to the British Virgin Islands and went snorkeling at Treasure Island. Really- the Treasure Island from the book! Some friends rented a boat for the day, and T captained. One of our stops was the caves at Norman Island, which is largely believed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's novel. The story involves lots of pirates and buried treasure; I'm pretty sure there's no buried treasure there today, but you can explore the caves and imagine pirate adventures from a hundred years ago.

For lunch, we motored over to the next bay, where there is a large boat anchored called the Willy T (after the pirate). This is one of the few places for miles around serving food and drink...the food isn't spectacular, and they definitely take advantage of their captive audience- $18 for fish and chips, $21 for chicken roti, etc. The food really isn't the draw though. Not so long ago, if you jumped off the top deck (20, 30 feet?) sans swimsuit you would get a free t-shirt. A few people have gotten hurt, so they don't give a t-shirt anymore, and it's officially forbidden. Some people still do the jump, though. (Not yours truly!)

For the budget week, we ended up spending $76.45, so $28.55 into vacation fund. In addition to kabobs and huevos rancheros, T cooked a fabulous vegetable curry, grilled veggie pasta with feta, and shepherd's pie. I think we did very well on budget, but as T had taken it upon himself to do most of the planning, shopping, and cooking, he thought my few purchases were too expensive, and thinks he can do better by himself!  He has actually fired me from the menu this week...ok, game on, good luck hubby!
Jumping off the Willy T
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Caves at "Treasure Island"
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Shepherd's Pie
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Aug. 9, 2009 2:44 pm
LOL! Go T!! I'd love if my hubbie would take over. It's tiring feeding 5 mouths. You should blog at blogspot & copy over here. We could see the beautiful pics better & it's super user friendly.
Aug. 9, 2009 2:47 pm
Oops, it's actually
Aug. 9, 2009 7:56 pm
looks beautiful...wish i was there.....
Aug. 10, 2009 12:04 am
Oooh....! Can't wait til next weeks blog! "How the Island Turns" And, yum, Heuvos Rancheros -- none of the recipes on AR are anywhere close to MY way, so I've submitted and am really hoping...
Aug. 14, 2009 4:50 pm
Thanks Scotdog for the suggestion...will try it for my next entry!
Aug. 20, 2009 7:21 am
Hey Babs I lived in the BVI for a couple of years and remember the Willy T well! Food wasn't great but the drinks and great snorkelling made up for it. Happy to hear it's still there and you had fun.... Lisa
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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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