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

Lobster Obsession 
Aug. 13, 2010 6:54 am 
Updated: Aug. 15, 2010 5:18 pm
Is there anything better than fresh-caught dinner? Especially when it's Caribbean lobster and crab!? The Sea was generous with husband yesterday when he set out to catch dinner...one huge crab, 4 Slipper lobsters, and 8 Caribbean lobsters!

He gave some to friends to chill until Sunday when we'll have a big lobster boil, and kept some for dinner- crab and lobster gumbo!

Let me tell you- as someone who used to live in New Orleans, his was the best gumbo I have ever tasted. He made the stock by boiling the crab and lobster shells, and that alone smelled delicious...I'm not sure what all he added because he was like a crazy man in the kitchen. Chopping veggies, cooking sausage, making roux. Oh, he must have been taking notes in the cooking class that we took in New Orleans on our last vacation! The color of the roux was a deep carmel with a nutty smell and was perfect with the sweet lobster and crab and spicy andouille sausage. Yum!

He set aside some meat from the legs that he cooked in the Lobster Popcorn method (see older post) and that went into omlettes this morning with spinach, cream cheese, onions, and peppers. Topped with a splash of Crystal hot sauce- perfect!

Aren't these gorgeous? The name of our power boat is Obsession, and here some of his catch rests on the dockbox. He does lobstering, freediving, and spearfishing charters with this boat, so if you'll be in the islands...


Came under budget this week, spent $97 of the $105 budget, and this is what we ate:

Thursday: Burgers

Friday: Mini grilled cheeses with leftover white borscht

Saturday: Minestrone (here I used the first of sister's dried zucchini)

Sunday: Roasted pork tenderloin with rice and broccoli

Monday: Girls night out- cocktails and movie. Also boys night out-Hooters

Tuesday: Pasta Primavera (here I used the last of sister's dried zucchini)
I just added it to the sauce and let it cook for a while.

Wednesday: Pizza

And the week ended with the gumbo!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

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Aug. 13, 2010 10:08 am
Ok, I'm really hungry for crab and lobster now! I bet there is nothing like fresh catch lobster. I've never had any fresh catch except clams and crabs when we would go to NJ when I was a kid. Good job on the budget! Great pics too!
Aug. 13, 2010 1:31 pm
O - M - G! I am SO jealous! Enjoy your feasts!
Aug. 13, 2010 2:02 pm
Oh how I envy you your dinner!! I've never had Caribbean lobster, does it taste like Maine lobster? I love, love, love any kind of seafood! Lucky you!!
Aug. 15, 2010 11:57 am
Wow looks so good....and fresh. Believe it or not, we have a good lobster in Hawaii that comes from the water off Kona. YUM!
Aug. 15, 2010 5:18 pm
seriously....soooooooooooo jealous!!! you've got quite the man there!! makes me re-think the thai restaurant we have planned this week for our anniversary and go for some crab/lobster instead!! (him lobster, me crab...)
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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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