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

Brick Chicken 
Aug. 23, 2009 7:37 am 
Updated: Aug. 24, 2009 8:54 pm

This week I stepped out on All Recipes and tried two new dishes from the recent issue of Bon Appetit magazine. The first was Chicken al Mattone, which is a whole chicken roasted under a foil wrapped brick. The trick is that you have to remove the backbone so it lays flat. I have never cut up a raw chicken before. It was gross! I didn't have a brick, so I used a cast iron pan filled with foil wrapped rocks for added weight.

We ran out of propane sometime during the roasting process- which I didn't realize until the cooking time was up! We hooked up a new tank and I had to guess at the rest of the cooking time, with the help of a meat thermometer. It was the best roasted chicken I have ever had!

The second recipe from the magazine was Schnitzel-wiches, which was really easy- a pork schnitzel on a bun with lettuce and tomato- plus it's really fun to say a bunch of times!

Other meals this week were Mexican Ravioli and Edamame Won Tons with mexican-asian stir fried vegetables on the side. (Thanks to all of the suggestions on the recipe exchange!!) I also made French Onion soup, Borscht, and finished with pizza night. T has been begging me to make a coconut cream pie, so we had that for dessert last night. I couldn't believe that it cost almost $10 to make it home made! The grocery had frozen ones for about $8, but I think making it fresh was worth it! I spent a total of $72 this week, so $33 into vacation fund!!

I don't have meal photos this week, so I'm sharing the view again from the villa we are house sitting. This week Hurricane Bill passed about 400 miles from us, so we got some storm bands coming through.

Have a great week everyone!

Coconut Cream Pie
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Aug. 23, 2009 9:44 am
What a great varied menu and the chicken sounds like something I might want to try. Yesterday my hubby came home with two completely deboned whole chickens. Right now I am going through recipes for a good way to stuff and roll them. I think I am going with the San Antonio stuffed chicken rolls. It is with jalapenos, and cheese rolled and wrapped in bacon. For dessert I'd love a piece of your coconut cream pie, my favorite! Good job on the weekly savings too.
Aug. 23, 2009 10:01 am
Hi Barb. I actually thought about you and wondered about impending hurricanes this week. I'm glad to see that you are all safe and sound. The view is terrific and the awesomeness (word?) of the storm clouds is humbling. Good job on the chicken. I don't know of anyone that hasn't had that experience of running out of propane half way through cooking something. So irritating. And as far as dessert?.....Nothing says tropics like a coconut cream pie......hold me back.
Aug. 23, 2009 9:37 pm
Barbara, your photo's are soo beautiful!! I know you didn't want to spend $10.00 for a pie, but at least you know Exactly what went into that pie! The last time I ran out of propane, I had just put the asparagus on and I let the residual heat finish cooking it, it was perfect!! Great job on the food bill! Frugal is not such a bad word any more, I hope it stays this way even when the economy recovers! Thanks for a Goody Barbara!
Aug. 24, 2009 10:22 am
Gorgeous photos Barb! Glad Bill wasn't any closer to you than it was.
Aug. 24, 2009 12:04 pm
Ok, that is just creepy. I made the brick chicken from Bon Appetit too and I have the sandwiches marked to try. Creeeepy.
Aug. 24, 2009 2:20 pm
That IS creepy! Hope you like both as much as I did!
Aug. 24, 2009 8:54 pm
No not creepy, just the stars aligning and bring 2 good cooks who want to make the same thing together! OH He@@ who am I kidding, Fascinatingly coincidental!! and REALLY CREEPY!! HAHAHA
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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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