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

My Sister's Garden 
Aug. 6, 2010 4:47 pm 
Updated: Aug. 9, 2010 8:28 pm
I received the best surprise in the mail earlier in the week...a box full of good stuff from my sister's garden! She lives in North Carolina, and sent all kinds of things that I wouldn't even try to grow on the boat! There was a bunch of Chiogga beets (?), a bag of dried zucchini, and containers of ground red pepper and coriander seeds.

We used the red pepper first, adding it to a corn side dish that we had with chicken and mashed potatoes. She warned that it was hot, and it was! It tasted great, but both husband and I just love to smell it- so fresh and earthy.

There were lots of beets, so I decided to make borscht in the slow cooker. I had never heard of this particular beet, and was surprised when I began peeling them and they seemed pink. Once I cut them though- wow! Perfect stripes of red and white. Would the borscht be red, or pink, or white?

Turns out it was white, which was weird because it tasted just like borscht (beet soup) which should be red and which we make quite a bit. I added some sliced potatoes, onions, and sausage, and smoothed it all with the immersion blender then topped it with sour cream. Delicious!

The dried zucchini is also something new to me. She said we could freeze it (no freezer) so we will be adding it to some soup tomorrow. It tasted good as -is though!

We will have no trouble using all the crushed red pepper...but the corriander seeds will be an adventure. Have never bought them, and sister suggested Mexican or Indian dishes, so we will try that on the menu this week!

For the budget this week, we spent $108, which is three dollars over budget. In case you are new, our budget is $105 for the week, and that includes breakfast and dinner (lunch is leftovers), food and drink. If we go under budget, it goes into Vacation Fund. Those few dollars really can add up...this year we spent 2 weeks doing a New Orleans vacation/Caribbean cruise, and last year we did a week in Paris and a week in Barcelona.

Anyway, this is what we ate this week:

Thursday: Homemade pizza

Friday: Fish and chips at the Toad and Tart restaurant. Friends were visiting and they graciously took us out (Thanks Deb and Mike!)

Saturday: Homemade veggie burgers (see last post)

Sunday: Grilled Kabobs (our neighbors have a grill and we joined them for dinner)

Monday: Chicken, mashed potatoes and corn (with sister's hot peppers)

Tuesday: Frozen Pot Stickers with steamed veggies and rice. I was tired and uninspired this day! But they were OK.

Wednesday: White Borscht with Polish pizzas. (Polish pizza is a thing our mom used to make for special occasions...we are Polish and from the midwest so make of this what you rye breads toasted and topped with cooked ground beef that has been mixed with processed cheese and then toasted again. I still love it.)

Thanks for stopping by, and hope everyone has a great week! (And call your sister!)

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Aug. 6, 2010 5:00 pm
Those beets are very pretty. I love fresh beets. My sister and I went to my nephews garden (he's so over the garden, LOL!) And I got some tomatos, zucchini, peppers, okra, beans, carrots and cucumbers. :) I've spent the rest of the day, dealing with everything but the tomatos. First thing in the morning I'll tackle those! I've never used whole coriander, but I HAVE used ground coriander and your sister was right. It's a nice flavor in Mexican and Indian cuisine. :)
Aug. 6, 2010 5:05 pm
I have never seen beets like these! How interesting.
Aug. 6, 2010 5:45 pm
Beets HUH? They are Gorgeous!! NICE!
Aug. 6, 2010 7:59 pm
Love your blog. Mag
Aug. 7, 2010 4:29 am
Stripes! You're not just pulling our collective chain, are you? That's another wonder! Also, never heard of, nor would likely have thought of drying zucchini. Nifty. I vote Indian for the coriander seeds; and I think you're going to like them. (Yea, sister!)
Aug. 7, 2010 7:31 am
I love the look of those beets!!! i thought it was candy at first :) It just makes me realize how many variety's of vegetables out there that need be tried.
Aug. 7, 2010 1:50 pm
Fun to read your blogs. I wondered how she sent fresh zucchini in the mail.. but your picture showed how.. she dried it! What a great idea. I think it will hydrate really great in the soup.
Aug. 7, 2010 2:00 pm
Those beets are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!
Aug. 7, 2010 6:43 pm
I am glad that no one else has heard of these beets! I thought I had been living under a rock!
Aug. 8, 2010 12:10 am
I've never seen beets like that either. Not a fan of beets myself, though. But I did enjoy your blog and wanted to let you know that we make what you call Polish pizzas but we call them hankie pankies. And we always addded crushed red pepper or pepper flakes to the meat mixture. So there's another idea for the jar of pepper your sister sent. If you try if I think you will really like the heat and flavor it adds. I'm interested to find out how the dried zuchinni turns out it your soup. First time I've heard of that too. Well,like they say you learn something new everyday. Now if only I could remember everything I've learned!
Aug. 8, 2010 12:12 am
Oh, darnit. I forgot to ask how your tomato plants and other plants are doing?
Aug. 8, 2010 5:38 pm
those beets do look wonderful! enjoy!
Aug. 9, 2010 7:32 am
yes, those are chiogga beets. I grew them this summer too, they are delicious. If you cut them the other way there are concentric rings of red and white!!
Aug. 9, 2010 7:35 am
Very interesting blog. I have never seen beets looking like these! And I have never heard of drying zucchini. I love your blogs.
Aug. 9, 2010 7:28 pm
Thanks for the tip patrice! I have 2 left and will try slicing them that way! I did use the dried zucchini in a minestrone soup and it turned out great!!
Aug. 9, 2010 8:28 pm
I've been quietly following your blog for quite some time now ... it's a fascinating life you have! I, too, am from the midwest and in my neck of the woods, we call your Polish Pizzas "Hanky-Pankies" - you really can't say it without smiling :o)
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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.
My favorite family cooking traditions
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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