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

Christmas Tree on a Boat 
Dec. 21, 2009 4:45 am 
Updated: Jan. 18, 2010 6:32 am

When you live on a boat like we do, there is not enough room for a Christmas tree...and you certainly don't want it tipping over when the boat rocks! So instead of a tree we decorate the part of our mast that comes into the boat. Doesn't take up any space at all!

My siblings and I have a tradition of exchanging Christmas ornaments every year...we get a lot of mermaid and diver ornaments!

We did pretty well on the budget this week- $105 for food and drink, breakfast and dinner- we were able to put $26 into vacation fund. I was so inspired by my homemade pita breads last week (see last post) that I tried hamburger buns this week. I used the Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns recipe from AR. It makes a ton of buns!

Actually, it makes 12, but I have never had luck with scaling bread recipes, so I made all twelve and gave some to the neighbors. They turned out really well, though a bit biscuit-tasting. I did the same thing I did to the pitas, after they came out of the oven I put them between damp paper towels, then between 2 paper plates, and the whole stack sealed in a plastic bag. This is to keep them soft- I ate the last one this morning, and it was still soft after 4 days!

So the menu for the week was: Sunday- Veggie Burgers with potato salad; Monday- Felafel on pitas with cucumber salad;  Tuesday- Pasta with peas, goat cheese, and chicken; Wednesday- Fried egg and vegetable sandwiches ; Thursday we had dinner at a friend's house- grilled Mahi that Husband caught- and I brought crackers and a garlic potato dip for an appetizer; Friday- Veggie burgers with french fries; Saturday- Pizza.
Hope everyone has a great week!
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Dec. 21, 2009 7:59 am
I really enjoy reading your blogs...I read every one of them the other night and they were absolutely fascinating. I love your tree! We live in a 21 foot rv so I completely understand about the space challenges you face on your boat. Please, keep posting your blogs, they are wonderful.
Dec. 21, 2009 10:12 am
Love the mermaid ornaments! Always a joy reading your blogs. Takes a bit of the winter chill out of my bones!! Have a great holiday.
Dec. 22, 2009 3:54 am
Thanks! WW, I thought 37 feet is challenging! I can't imagine 21!! I've read your blogs, too, can definitely relate!
Dec. 22, 2009 7:44 am
Barbara K - what an exciting way to live! I am envious of you & Witchwoman. I read above you put money into a vacation fund. Where/what do you do for a vacation when you live on a boat normally? Happy Holidays to you!
Dec. 23, 2009 3:10 am
Our last BIG vacation was last spring, a week in Paris and a week in Barcelona. In the fall we did a weekend in New York City, and this spring we will be going to the Yucatan. It is "paradise" here, but we still like the big city too. It's amazing how fast a vacation fund can grow even putting 10 or 20 dollars a week into it! (And no, we don't sail our boat to our vacation spots!)
Dec. 23, 2009 5:04 am
Those sound like wonderful vacations! You have inspired me to try and cut my food costs down a little and put the savings away for vacation. Just to see how much it adds up to. Though, I don't think I'll try to eat on as little as you spend - that would be too much work for me. LOL. Merry Christmas!
Dec. 26, 2009 4:15 pm
Hi Barbara I left you a comment on your earlier blog post, titled Lobster Popcorn. Could you look it up and offer suggestions? Thanks Christy S/V Veranda
Dec. 26, 2009 4:47 pm
Wow!!!! I love the menu.. It's sounds like fun and yummy :D And, You are one fortunate girl! ....... How cool it must be to be "YOU"!
Jan. 18, 2010 6:32 am
Hi Veranda- just in case you check back here, maybe try more water? Or soak them in water a's the steam heating inside the shell that makes them pop...never had them not pop!
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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.
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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