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

Sep. 9, 2010 5:09 pm 
Updated: Sep. 12, 2010 3:52 am
How ironic that my last post was about preparing for a hurricane...and then we had one! If you follow the weather, you know that last week Hurricane Earl hit us here in the Virgin Islands. We knew he was coming on Monday, and I started the day normally...  showering, checking emails, etc...much to the irritation of husband who was busy securing lines on our sailboat (home) and powerboat (business). I didn't think that we would get weather so soon, then the rains came and the winds picked up and our boat was tossing and turning! One big gust threw the boat and stuff came crashing off the countertops! I packed my "ditch bag" as fast as I could and told T: "The dog and I are ready to go!"

We packed up and headed to our friend's house at 8 a.m. They have a great place (we stay there to watch their dogs when they are away)...huge TV with a million channels, (we have no TV) great hot shower, (boatyard shower for us!), big fridge and freezer with everything you'd want (tiny dorm fridge with no freezer for us!). We arrived, and much to our dismay, they had been out of power since 5 a.m! No TV, no shower, everything melting in the freezer. Sigh.
I was dying for an egg sandwich for breakfast, and thankfully they have a gas grill outside...so, grilled eggs
We sat through the rains all day, and cooked a pork tenderloin on the grill for dinner, along with some veggies...no complaints here!

We did have to scoop water off the deck with a dustpan to fill the toilet so that we could flush, but probably more than you want to know!

Hurricane Earl came down at a 3 or 4 strengh, and we were so worried about the boats! We wanted to check everything, but were trapped by fallen trees and a curfew. Finally we got home...everything OK! I was amazed. Home and business still floating, not a single thing amiss. BUT...Hurricane Fiona was supposed to hit that night! We stayed another night with the friends...skipped dinner because we all got ridiculous playing Happy Hour Trivial Pursuit (drink a shot everytime you miss a pie piece).

Next day we went home, everything still ok...and our power was back on. Some parts of the island were restored just a few days ago!

So -hurricanes done, and we were off to North Carolina for a family reunion...not sure that would happen because another hurricane was threatening. We made it, it was great...my brother smoked a pork for 12 hours with a homemade raspberry chipotle BBQ sauce that was amazing...so much good food all weekend!

Long story short, the budget was nowhere to be seen for about 2 weeks! Faced with an emergency, you buy whatever you need NOW, whatever the cost! There are actually laws here against stores price-gouging in an emergency...so no trouble there.

Whew! Crazy couple of weeks. One of our first meals back was gigantic smothered burritos...

tonight is chicken with corn and mash...needing some comfort food!

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Sep. 9, 2010 5:38 pm
Glad to hear all is well. Food looks great!
Sep. 9, 2010 7:42 pm
Hi Barbara. Glad to hear that everyone is okay. That burrito looks delicious!
Sep. 9, 2010 11:40 pm
How great that with such a rocky start, still it all worked out okay. (Yea!) Too bad about the power outage making the heavenly haven more haven than heavenly; but it looks like you made the best of it with the grill.
Sep. 10, 2010 12:15 am
Good to hear that all is well! You must have an angel on your shoulder! Take care!
Sep. 10, 2010 6:56 am
Praise the Lord for good friends with a sturdy house! So glad yous even enjoyed the time and that you found all safe and well when you were able to get back to the boats. The photos are excellent as always! Nice that yous were able to see family in NC as well.
Sep. 10, 2010 8:05 am
How scary! Glad all is well!
Sep. 10, 2010 9:58 am
Love the title of this one! Knowing all too well about the situation during Earl . . . budgets are meant to be broken during times like that! So glad everything turned out okay and that your meals were still as scrumptious as ever! And, glad your time in NC was full of good fun and food, too! Those burritos looked GREAT! Thanks, again, to you and T for taking care of our little floating home while Earl was visiting!
Sep. 10, 2010 12:40 pm
We don't usually get much hurricane action in Dallas, TX. Glad to hear you guys dodged a bullet in the VI. We love going there ! We got 11 inches of rain and had tornadoes on the ground Wed night. When the TV was saying there was a tornado on the ground about 2 miles from our house, the civil defense sirens went off, our TVs all went off (bad timing!) and my husband, myself, my daughter and our two dogs all ran for a closet! Nothing happened in our neighborhood, the sun came out about 30 minutes later. Typical TX weather. It's been 90+ degrees and about 100% humidity since. We're melting...
Mrs. C 
Sep. 10, 2010 3:44 pm
Wow! Great adventure, fanyastic friends, happy ending! Another reason to gave a gas/propane grill, right? How do you post pictures between what you write? I only just figured how to get them on my blog for the first time! Thanks for sharing!
Sep. 11, 2010 4:16 am
Wow! I SO know where you are at! We did 20+ years n the islands, and only had to board up once, but you just never know. And, now our quake. $$$ are tight, but there are just some things you can't go without. Hang in there!
Sep. 11, 2010 7:14 am
Just so glad you are safe. Take care kid.
Sep. 11, 2010 7:19 pm
glad to see you are all well! :-)
Sep. 12, 2010 3:52 am
Thanks everyone! To Mrs. C- to put photos in the body of the blog I write it at blogger.com the copy and paste the whole thing here...really easy!
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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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