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

From Catching to Cooking 
Jun. 13, 2010 11:09 am 
Updated: Jun. 16, 2010 5:41 am

Another great dinner provided by my spearfisher extraordinaire husband- fish tacos! (And he did everything from catching to cooking!) A few days ago he caught a permit, which is a gorgeous, firm fish with a mild taste, and is excellent for any cooking method. He made two nice fillets and seasoned them with chili lime powder, cumin, blackening seasoning, and salt and pepper. As he pan- fried them in olive oil, I made my very favorite sauce, Amy's Cilantro Cream Sauce, and chopped some cabbage. Neither of us had thought beyond the fish, cabbage, and sauce, so that's all we had on them!


When the fish was finished, he made the dough for his homemade tortillas..a cup of flour, a tablespoon of lard (yep), a bit of sugar, salt, and corn meal. We still have not replaced our tortilla maker with the broken handle, so he rolled them out (between pieces of waxed paper) and said he actually prefers it this way. The tortillas were excellent, and enough left over for lunch the next day for the both of us!

We ate more beets this week! This time I grated them raw into some cabbage with a little honey and vinegar and made a simple slaw, and served it with portobello mushroom stroganoff. I love portobellos! They are so meaty I could substitute them for beef anytime, but unfortunately they are more expensive than the cuts I would use in something like a stroganoff...$5.99 for two mushrooms! Here I used one portobello and some regular leftover mushroooms.

T had two night dives this week and I was eating alone, so I made a few things he'd probably roll his eyes at. I've had polenta before, but I had never tried cooling it into a shape and then cutting it. I spooned it into a greased loaf pan and chilled for the afternoon. When it was nice and firm I cut it into squares. The first night I just pan fried it and served it with the beet slaw and the other portobello. The second night I gave it an egg wash and rolled it in panko, and then pan fried it. YUM! It made a great crispy side to my turkey burger. He would probably like polenta, but it's one of those things like tofu.

We still haven't had much breeze lately...when it's super hot in the evenings, we like to get in the dinghy with the dog and a couple of cocktails and have a sunset happy hour. A great way to end the day!

We did very well on the budget this week, only spent $83.06 of the allotted $105, the only meals not mentioned yet were Sunday night, which was the last night of our weekend in Ft Lauderdale (mexican restaurant and paid for by Vacation Fund), and a big salad on Monday.

Hope everyone has a great week!

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Jun. 13, 2010 11:12 am
Ahhh, what a life you have! Your fish tacos sound delicious! Your sunset happy hours sound fantastic!
Jun. 13, 2010 11:46 am
Hi Barbara, I LOVE fish tacos. Last week I met a couple who had just moved to San Antonio Tx from St. Thomas and they said food like milk and bread was expensive there. So great job on coming in under budget! All the food sounds delicious.
Jun. 13, 2010 11:52 am
Thanks! Yep, milk is about $8 a gallon, and rum is about $3...guess which we drink more of! :)
Jun. 13, 2010 1:59 pm
Fish tacos may be one of my very most favorite foods!! Looks delicious...I'll be there for dinner anytime :)
Jun. 13, 2010 4:28 pm
That fish looks CRAZY! lol like a cartoon :o)
Jun. 13, 2010 4:56 pm
Well, WW sent me in your direction for cool blogs to read. I'd do alot to sample that fish but the beets... Unless, you have a different variety ? or fix them in an absolutely different way, again don't hold it against me. I swear I'll try them again. But that fish looked really good!!!!! :)
Jun. 13, 2010 7:07 pm
How awesome to make your fish tacos with freshly-caught fish YOU caught! That's never gonna happen here in North Texas. The tacos look wonderful and I like them just as you had, sauce and slaw. Good, good stuff.
Jun. 14, 2010 2:48 am
Fish tacos have been on my list for a while. I finally did make shrimp tacos - yum! We also had them on homemade tortillas! I will never buy tortillas from the store again. BTW, I'd rather drink rum than milk any day! ;)
Jun. 14, 2010 6:53 am
Barbara, your blog is awesome. Your menus to die for! Love fish tacos but have yet tried to make my own tortillas! Too scared to I guess?! Can't wait to see what you and hubby do next!
Jun. 14, 2010 7:26 am
I love fish tacos and your tacos look so delicious! And sunset happy hours sound wonderful, I love cocktails. Your lifestyle sounds fantastic for me too, I am in love with tropics and sea.
Jun. 14, 2010 11:24 am
Your happy hours sound fantastic! (Those fillets look pretty darn good, too!)
Jun. 14, 2010 11:50 am
great blog Barbara, I love the idea of a vaction fund-we could use one of those. Vacation and/or funds either would come in handy right about now. Great pics and happy hour on a dingy:) love it!!
Jun. 15, 2010 3:49 am
Vacation Fund is great! Sometimes I only come in a dollar or two under budget, and some weeks not at all, but it's amazing how fast those dollars can add up!
Jun. 15, 2010 4:47 am
My husband and I also have a vacation fund. We save all of our change in a jar. It is unbelievable how fast it adds up when you add the quarters. Lets face it, anything that helps promote vacation is great.
Jun. 15, 2010 7:30 pm
Great blog, Barbara, as always!!
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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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