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

Basil Gets a Haircut 
Jan. 25, 2010 6:47 am 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2010 7:33 am

One of the great things about living in the tropics is that you can garden all year round! Since we live on a boat, we have to container garden in a small space. Right now we are growing tomatoes, basil, and cilantro. The tomato seeds were from our neighbors, who call this type "50 day tomatoes". Supposedly they go from seed to fruit in 50 days. Here is our plant at about 40 days.

I think our plant is the runt of the litter...the neighbors' is 5 times as big with 20 or so blooms, and will probably be bearing fruit very soon! These tomatoes are supposed to be great in a container as they are small and cascading.

I love to grow basil...fresh basil is so good on everything! We gave ours a haircut yesterday in order to make pesto sauce. I used about a half cup of almonds instead of pine nuts (too expensive!) that I blanched and peeled first, 4 cloves of garlic, half cup of parmesan, about 3 cups of basil. Enough olive oil to blend up it was good on our grilled chicken sandwiches on homemade bread!
We did great on the budget this week, spent only $79 so we put $26 into vacation fund, and this is what we ate:
Sunday: Fried Egg Tostadas with rice
Monday: Fish Tacos from a Mahi husband caught

Tuesday: Tourtiere (this is a French meat pie that is SO good...several different recipes on AR)
Wednesday: Taco Salad
Thursday: BLT sandwiches with tomato soup
Friday: Maple Bacon Pancake (from AR...GREAT!) with hashbrowns
Saturday: Tapas...we bought a nice bottle of Spanish wine and had 2 kinds of olives, fresh baked bread, tomato basil salad, French cheese (on sale), pate (on sale), sausages, and toasted almonds. Yum!

Hope everyone has a great week!
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Jan. 25, 2010 7:03 am
That's so ironic. The last freeze (if we even had one) has passed here in Texas so yesterday I tilled up the herb bed and purchsed Basil, rosemary, and sage. I LOVE fresh herbs and tapas too for that matter.
Jan. 25, 2010 7:19 am
I have been waiting for you to post your blog this week! I have to grow things in containers, too. Last summer I grew heirloom tomatoes and jalapenos and basil. So yummy...can't wait for spring! I'm adding more containers this year for sure!
Jan. 25, 2010 7:25 am
I know- I'd love to have more containers! They hang from the bimini of the boat and if there's too many, 6- foot tall husband is always bumping his head! (I had to pare down my windchime collection from 15 to 5!)
Jan. 25, 2010 8:38 am
Great you are able to grow some herbs in the boat, I love fresh basil too, it gives so much flavor!
Jan. 25, 2010 10:22 am
I'm thinking that tomato plant could use a boost of something. Do you have any miracle grow down there? On the other hand, the basil looks great and the tapas sounded devine. Nice fish too!
Jan. 25, 2010 10:26 am
I, too, get to grow herbs year round here in Tampa. A few nights we had to bring in the 2 containers but otherwise they are flourishing. Gotta have fresh herbs!! I've got culantro (very similar taste to cilantro but very hearty) as my cilantro never seems to last. Also have basil, thai basil, mint (for BF's mint juleps as treats) and rosemary. He made rosemary bread yesterday and it was awesome. If you come across "Sweet 100's or Sweet 1000's (tomatoes) give them a try. They grow in clusters like grapes and are really fast! Also, I use Miracle Grow potting soil. Good luck on the tomatoes! My photo is a tomatoe I grew in my garden in Gainesville last year.
Jan. 25, 2010 10:45 am
I love culantro but can't find seeds anywhere! Will keep a look-out for the sweet 1000's...I do have miracle grow in there but some old dirt too. I probably should start from fresh :)
Jan. 25, 2010 4:25 pm
Your basil looks great! I grow herbs in pots on my deck. I found if I had them out where the sun shines in the yard I didn't use them as much. We live in a woods, so there isn't much sun for a garden. Tried tomatoes in 5-gallon buckets once so we could move them around where the sun was throughout the day. That was too much work, so I just buy mine from roadside stands now.
Jan. 25, 2010 9:53 pm
Your menu sounds absolutely fantastic! Your living sounds so luxurious too :) yes, Basil does make everything taste really good! your plant looks real trim with that new hair-cut! anddd dyour basil looks like its doing real well. Luv ya Barbara K.!!! ♥ ♥
Jan. 29, 2010 3:39 pm
How on earth did you escape South Bend Indiana (I once ran the food service at SB Memorial). Living on a sailboat....... You have much envy from the current 7 degrees on my thermometer.
Jan. 30, 2010 4:19 am
Hi HF...can't remember what 7 degrees feels like!! I left SB the minutes I graduated high school and went to college in Chicago. From there it was New Orleans for a few years, then the Virgin Islands, and I've been here 8 years!
Jan. 30, 2010 7:33 am
My wife & I have decided we are moving South as soon as we get kids out of the house, but that is two years away. I type with much envy - glad I found your blog.
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