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

Food Fight 
Nov. 1, 2009 7:13 am 
Updated: Jan. 18, 2010 6:37 am

In the 6 years that my husband and I have been together, the ONLY fight we have EVER had has been about food. I can remember our first fight as if it were yesterday. T was upset because I didn't dice the tomatoes, but left them in wedges for the salad. Apparently it makes a BIG difference in the taste and I was supposed to have already known this. (I never listen...) Did I mention this fight was probably after an extra long happy hour?

T and I have very different cooking styles. If he has a chicken, carrots, and potatoes, he will make chicken with a side of carrots and potatoes. I will make chicken pot pie. If we have beans he'll serve a side of beans. I will turn them into veggie burgers. He has told me many many times that all he ever wants for dinner is meat and a vegetable. (I never listen...) OK, I do listen but that is so boring!

I love to put every possible combination into the ingredient search! The more unusual the better! I see my cooking style as creative, T thinks I am experimenting on him. Well, last week was one "experiment" too many. Among my menu for the week was a Thai Coconut Curry (ok I know he really doesn't like tofu but I couldn't help myself), Veggie Burgers made with pinto beans from Vegetarian Times magazine, and Pasta Fagioli. For the record, I don't find any of these particularly exotic!

This last one, I thought I was being so nice...he'd been sick for a week and I thought a nice soup would be good, especially one with super veggies like tomatoes and spinach! We have not had this dish before, and guess what? He HATES hot spinach, which is something I should have known if I ever listen to him!!

I will spare you the actual fight, but in the end we agreed to disagree as to which of us was responsible for it, and I handed over all dinner duties to him. He is now planning, shopping, and cooking. This week he did great, came in a little under budget ($105 for the week),  made some nice meals, and they were NOT all "meat and a vegetable"!

His meals this week were turkey breast with mashed carrots and stuffing; sausage and peppers; veggie lasagne; sausage pizza; veggie burgers (store bought); fish tacos. And there's actually a lot of ingredients left for meals next week.

I tell you I did miss planning and cooking this week! I do admit I like to take over in the kitchen, but from here on out we are going to try to share a little more. I like what T cooks, and he really is an amazing husband. As I like to remind him, if FOOD is all we have to fight about, we sure are lucky!!

Anyway- we are back living on the boat, and it is good to be home! Here is sunrise from the cockpit...

I think my wind chimes wake us more frequently than the alarm...I have eleven up right now!

Look at this gorgeous basil a friend just gave us!

Among other reasons, it's great to live in the Virgin Islands because today is November 1st, it's 84 degrees, and basil is always in season!

Have a great week everyone!
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Nov. 1, 2009 10:17 am
I hate you! Jealousy does that to me. I envy your lifestyle!
Nov. 1, 2009 12:41 pm
lol - you are not the only one who ignores, or excuse me....forgets the hubbys' likes and dislikes....i try to sneak some stuff in on him and the rest of my family from time to time, but i always get nailed too....i say, just give peas a although, i did get them to eat lima beans and brussel sprouts within the past year! i'm getting there!
Nov. 1, 2009 12:41 pm
and fresh basil all year round?? ok, now I hate you! j/k lol
Nov. 1, 2009 1:01 pm
Just color me Pea Green with Envy!
Nov. 1, 2009 1:35 pm
That is pretty good that all you have to fight about is food. But even better that you're able to come to a compromise. I'm also a creative cook. I made zucchini brownies once and my husband wouldn't touch them. Oh well, it's just something he'll have to get used to ;)
Nov. 1, 2009 6:24 pm
think most guys perfer separate meat and veg and starch. i make a killer pasta y fagioli soup with BEEF and no fresh spinach,lol. one of my best soups. Has beans, pasta, beef, the usual suspects (veg) but not overly tomato-y. i, too, like taking the disparate ingredients and creating dishes however DH would be far happier to KISS (keep it simple stupid, oh, the other kind, too, lol.) have a great week!
Nov. 2, 2009 9:30 am
I try to sneak in things my husband doesn't like (anything with ranch dressing or even ranch seasoning packets, celery, and cilantro to name a few) and somehow ALWAYS get caught! I don't think he knows about the ranch dressing I put in the cole slaw, but I know one day I'll won't get the bottle back in the fridge quickly enough :) Great blog and I echo the others - I'm very envious of your view (the basil isn't bad, either!)
Nov. 2, 2009 12:33 pm
Well gosh is there a tutorial or some info on how to add recipes on here I am not that new, but haven't sign in for a very long time and have not a clue how to manage my own recipes or anything else. *Sigh* hope everyone had a good halloween.
Nov. 3, 2009 2:04 pm
Both my boyfriend and his eight year old son are die-hard meat and potato kids... even after tasty and wonderful thai, homemade ravioli, stirfries, curries, soups, salads- which they will eat and seem to like- it is always the meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy that get the rave reviews. (I ABHOR gravy- nasty stuff that these guys will eat by the gallon). When they are left to "cook" dinner, we have huge flat plain hamburger patties with canned green beans and rice-a-roni. It's hard to tell them that it isn't real food and they weren't really cooking so much as reheating cafeteria style. Sigh.
Dec. 17, 2009 11:44 am
That's the way to show him--if he complains, let HIM do the cooking for a while! Has anyone ever told you you are too pretty to be a good cook? ;-)
Jan. 18, 2010 6:37 am
Ha! I'll tell him that next time!
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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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