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

Husband in the Kitchen 
May 23, 2010 7:43 am 
Updated: May 25, 2010 5:40 am
I do most of the cooking in our household- husband is great at the meats/fish/lobster dishes, and I do pretty much everything else. This week though, he dominated the kitchen!

He started out the week with a tomato/egg/bagel stack...I bought this tiny egg pan that fits just one egg and cooks a perfectly round fried egg. The pan is so cute, the checkout ladies were actually cooing over it when I bought it. He sliced up a couple bagels very thin, toasted them, then stacked with fried eggs and tomatoes...a perfect summer dinner.

Monday was another light meal...I had baked bread during the day and we ate that with tomato, the most perfect avocado, and a very nice bottle of wine.

Tuesday he made a meal I am still thinking about! We had found some veal at a nice price, which he breaded and pan fried while roasting some red potatoes, brussels sprouts, garlic, and onions, topped with rosemary. He made a white onion sauce that was amazing!

The vegetables were so perfect they were melting in our mouths!

Wednesday we went out to dinner for a friend's was great but the food was a bit disappointing.

Thursday husband made tacos...a while ago we bought a tortilla press, and he has become a master of making fresh tortillas. I have tried (using his recipe) and it turned out to be a disaster. So he is our official tortilla maker. We served them with seasoned turkey, avocados, tomato, and cilantro. I don't think there is anything better than a fresh bread of any kind!

Friday we had cheese ravioli with "Amy's Cilantro Cream Sauce" to use up our cilantro. This is the best sauce for everything! I also roasted some onions and tomatoes and served them on top.

Saturday I tried my hand at veggie springrolls...have been craving them but haven't been able to find the rice paper until yesterday. I matchsticked carrots, apples, cucumbers, avocado, and picked some chives and lettuce from our container garden.

The last time I used our lettuce, it seemed a bit bitter to both of us, so I did some research trying to find a sweet lettuce. Didn't find anything, but did run across a tip that in temps over 65 degrees, lettuce does turn bitter (I am growing mine with an average temp of 85 degrees!) but if you pick it and put it in the fridge for a day it will sweeten up...and it sure did!

I also ran across a tip for making springrolls- I assumed you just pile up the ingredients and roll. Well, that doesn't work so well since the rice paper is so thin. So what you do is place your first ingredient along the edge, roll the paper over it, then place the next parallel, roll it all over that, and continue til the end when you tuck the ends in and make the final roll. Worked great! I served these with leftover cilantro cream sauce. Husband has actually never had rolls that were not baked or fried, but he said he loved them!

These were appetizers. For dinner I tried out a recipe from my last issue of "Vegetarian Times" called Asparagus and Mushroom Tartines.

These are made in foil packets. Place 2 pieces of bread on the bottom (I used leftover homemade bread from the other day), then add sliced mushrooms and asparagus that have been tossed in a bit of broth with salt and pepper. Mix an egg into a little more broth and pour on top. Seal the packets, bake 30 minutes at 350. Serve with a bit of goat cheese on top. Sooo good! And no pan to clean up!
This is the before photo...we ate too fast for an after photo!
Hope everyone has a great week!
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May 23, 2010 8:01 am
THAT LOOKS WONDERFUL!!! I wish I could get Bob away from the idea that you have to have meat and starch for every dinner. I would love some of those light dinners! Would you take a picture of your tortilla press and post it in your next blog? I'm really interested in finding one of those. I have never tasted a homemade tortilla and would love to! I want your life!! LOL! Fantastic blog, as always...I look forward to yours every week!
May 23, 2010 8:34 am
It all sounds great and, I, too would love to have a light dinner. I'm also married to a meat 'n tater man. I've weaned him away from starch every meal, but meat is still pretty much a necessity in his book. The asparagus & mushroom tartines look great!
May 23, 2010 8:45 am
Those tartines sound amazing, I have got to try them, we like anything cooked in packets. And thanks for the tip on rolling spring rolls, mine never turn out very pretty so this will hopefully fix the problem. Happy sails to you ♫ !
May 23, 2010 9:12 am
Man Barb, you do lead a charmed life. First off, props to you for getting him to do the majority of the dinners this week. He does a nice job. Everything looked great. Are you willing to share your white onion sauce? Is it just a white sauce with the addition of onion?
May 23, 2010 9:49 am
I LOVE light dinners! It is always so hot here I hate to eat heavy! The white onion sauce, I believe he started with chicken stock, a little whipping cream, and minced onions. Reduce as usual!
May 23, 2010 11:03 am
He did a great job!!! The springrolls look delicious, I really like the fact it's not fried.
May 23, 2010 6:38 pm
When I think of vegetarian meals I think beans, lentils etc. and yours are so light and delicate. I like the fact you haven't totally abandoned meat, it just is a minor part of your diet. Do I correctly understand that the springrolls are not cooked? They look amazing.
May 23, 2010 7:15 pm
Wow I wish I could get my husband to cook! These all sound so wonderful!
May 23, 2010 9:36 pm
Those spring rolls look amazing. I make sushi pretty often but I'll have to try some spring rolls like that. Where do you get the wraps for them?
May 24, 2010 6:51 am
Great week of healthy eating for you two. Everything looks and sounds wonderful! And, with the guy cooking and hardly any dishes for some of the meals I'd say it was a perfect week!
May 24, 2010 7:19 am
All of this food sounds so good! I didn't know that info about lettuce! Also glad to read your tip about rolling springrolls. I want make them so badly!
May 24, 2010 7:08 pm
Everything looks so good. My imagination is at work with those tartines. . . going to have to give them a go. Husband sounds like a "keeper" :).
May 24, 2010 9:18 pm
This all sounds/looks great. I hand carried a tortilla press here, but found it is not very imPRESSive if used on flour tortillas, at least it did not work for mine. Do you do corn/flour mix or something else? Love the light fare. I was surprised by the apples in the spring rolls. Thanks, too for technique tip.
May 25, 2010 4:01 am
Yes, the spring rolls really are not cooked...the rice paper (only one store on the island carries it, probably available somewhere online?)starts like a crispy wafer, you soak it for a few minutes in hot water til soft, and that's all the cooking there is! As for the tortillas, we can't get ours super thin, it helps if you press a few times, roatating the dough each time. We can't find corn flour here, so we use wheat with a pinch of corn meal for texture.
May 25, 2010 5:40 am
glad I found you-it all looks delicious and thanks for the spring roll tip, I will try 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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