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

Boatyard Stack-Up 
Aug. 26, 2010 7:38 pm 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2010 4:29 pm
Nope- not a bunch of pancakes or a really big sandwich...this is our marina during hurricane season! We are in the Caribbean, and those of us with boats take extra precautions. Many people like to haul out (take the boat out of the water) for the season, and our marina is a popular and safe spot. Is is very strange to see layers and layers of boats stacked up on the jack stands, with the masts towering above. Just doesn't seem right to see boats like this out of the water! We do not haul our sailboat or our power boat...we stay in a lagoon that is a very safe spot ( not a lot of wind, not a lot of storm surge)...but if a big storm comes we will get off the boat and stay with friends.

Normally this time of year on the island is quiet, but husband and I have both been very busy...I just opened a store for my glass art, and T has been busy doing adventure charters on our powerboat...I regret that dinners have suffered a bit! We came in a little over budget this week ($110, should be $105), and this is what we had to eat!:

Thursday: NO DINNER! We were both so tired from long days and opted for liquid dinners (never a good idea when those liquids are beer and wine!)

Friday: T took me out to Randy's restaurant...we split fried mozzarella, caesar salads, linguine with a creamy pesto, and a reuben...we spent all afternoon boating and we were so hungry we had a bit of everything!

Saturday: Sweet and sour salmon with fried rice...really good!

Sunday: The island's annual Chili Cook-Off! About 50 booths set up on the beach and compete for the title of best chili...we definitely sampled them all, though I think T's Cranberry Chili is still the best I have ever had.

Monday: Lemon pepper pasta (from newest Vegetarian Times mag) with chicken soup

Tuesday: Green chile pork stew...all day in the slow cooker= yum!

Wednesday: Leftover stew with grilled cheese sandwiches

Thursday: Black bean and sweet potato enchiladas with a raspberry chipotle sauce (my invention...T was skeptical but loved it!)

Oh, also this week I tried my first star fruit! Our neighbor gave us one off of his need to peel, just slice it like a star. Tasted like a cross between a pear and a kiwi, with a little crunch. T served it over eggs with hash and!

Hope everyone has a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

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Aug. 27, 2010 7:59 am
All looks so good. I know what you mean about hurricane season. I always erred on the side of caution....especially after hurricane Iniki. Kauai got hammered on that one. Thanks for posting.
Mrs. C 
Aug. 27, 2010 9:17 am
Green chile pork stew, slow cooker, I need to haul out and get cooking! Thanks for the inspiration!
Aug. 27, 2010 12:43 pm
Hi Barbara! You've been busy! Congratulations on opening the store! What's the name of it? I used to live in St. Croix and I always ate starfruit....what took you so long? :):):) I've never put them on an omelet though. I will definately try that! Hope to read another blog post sooner than later! Elle
Aug. 27, 2010 2:06 pm
Thanks! The shop is water candy and you can find it on facebook!
Aug. 27, 2010 2:26 pm
You had some great meals this week! I've never tried starfruit but have always wondered about it when I see it in the grocery.
Aug. 27, 2010 3:47 pm
I found you on facebook, how cool! I wish you were closer, maybe someday I'll get to come visit!
Aug. 27, 2010 6:24 pm
Good Luck with the store! Hurricane season, oh yes, I live on the beach and watch the weather very carefully. I have weathered 2 here with no boat to worry about, but did have a car flood out. But I grew up on the Sound side of LI with my dad's boat. We had a deep water mooring and always had to scramble to get into a safe marina. I hope you have a good, safe season.
Aug. 28, 2010 4:49 am
I always love your blogs and am always amazed at how you eat on a boat. In fact, your total lifestyle is very intriguing. Keep writing!
Aug. 28, 2010 10:58 am
glad you have a safe lagoon to harbour the storm. I would love to go on a charter around the Carribiean. We see sail boats up on shore at many of the lakes we visit, it does seem odd to see them out of water
Aug. 28, 2010 2:09 pm
I still envy your life. So back to the starfruit.....I've never had it either, but I do see it for sale here. What did you do to it? It looks like you grilled it or something. I may just try this now.
Aug. 29, 2010 4:29 pm
Talk about timing! Earl is bearing down...we are secure on the boat and will be staying with friends tomorrow when we are supposed to get hit!! Also, did not grill the starfruit, just sliced it!
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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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