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

Beach BBQ Fish Tacos 
Oct. 30, 2010 9:32 am 
Updated: Mar. 17, 2011 8:11 pm
We had some wonderful, fresh-caught meals this week provided by husband T, who had one very successful fishing day! He never fails to bring back something...and it's the only time I eat fish. After two bouts of fish poisoning (think food poisoning 10 times worse) I gave up fish unless it was caught by him. This way I'm sure exactly where it was caught, which makes a big difference here on the island, and I can enjoy fish again!

This is the mahi mahi,

and he also caught a tuna and some mackeral. The mackeral was for the dog, as you normally wouldn't eat it unless it's smoked. He fried a little up for her, and we both tasted it was good!

For dinner that night we had tuna bruschetta with cheese quesadillas. I know, kind of strange.

My plan for dinner was veggie quesadillas, and he surprised me with the fish. He marinated it and seared it, served it with some mango salsa on french bread. Mmm.
We put the mahi in the freezer at his work for a couple days, then took it to the beach for a fish taco bbq! We took our power boat, a couple friends, couple dogs, and went to one of our favorite uninhabited islands, Happy Island.

He grilled the mahi on our little Son of Hibachi grill (great for taking by car or by boat because of the snuffer bag it comes can fold up the hot grill and put it right in the bag and take it with you!)

We had shredded cabbage and a wonderful cilantro cream sauce, along with a delicious black bean salad made by one of our friends...and in keeping with the theme, lots of margaritas! As always, a great day at the beach!
We went over budget this week by $14, and this is what we ate:

Wednesday: Homemade Falafel with tomato soup (thanks to Witchy Woman's post about falafel last week...we love it but never think to make it!)

Thursday: Pasta with mushrooms and asparagus and a white bean garlic sauce

Friday: Tuna Bruschetta

Saturday: Dinner out with a friend, I had Chile Rellenos

Sunday: Veggie Pizza with meatless pepperoni (pretty good!)

Monday: Chili Pot Pie...this was so yum
. I made a chili with tomato, onion, mushroom, and crumbled up veggie burgers. Cooked it for a while in veggie broth, then put it in the casserole topped with cornbread, cheese, and black olives.
Tuesday: Big salad with pesto pasta

Another effortless vegetarian week! When we started about a month ago, we weren't really trying to make it a thing, just not eat meat until we really felt like far, not yet!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!
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Oct. 30, 2010 1:33 pm
It all sounds great! And an uninhabited island - my dream!
Oct. 30, 2010 9:36 pm
Barbara, Oh my, a husband caught fish BBQ on an uninhabited island with good friends and margueritas is what dreams are made of. I'm green with envy! But I do have a couple of questions for you. One is about the mackerel that T cooked up for the dog. You stated that it is not usually consumed unless it is smoked but you both tasted it and it was great. I must have missed something there. And also I have been wondering about the vegetables, etc you had planted on the boat. Whatever happened with that and the upside down tomatoes? I do so enjoy your blogs and photos and the vicarious enjoyment I get out of them Thank you, Barbara.
Oct. 31, 2010 12:06 pm
It looks delicious!!! I LOVE fish tacos and mango salsa!
Nov. 3, 2010 3:27 pm
Hi Bebbie- about the is a very oily fish, so that is why you'd normally not eat it unless smoked (ever see it on a menu? I never have!), so we were pleasantly surprised when we tasted it. About my garden...sigh...we were hit with a drought of sorts and everything I had growing on the boat died...but it cooling down a bit now so it's time to start thinking about the container garden again! Will keep you posted, and thanks for reading!
Nov. 5, 2010 6:32 pm
hmmm... maybe this wasn't the best place to post this? glad you're happy with it & all... but... seems kinda messed up to post about eating animals on a vegetarian community blog... :-/
Dec. 17, 2010 11:16 am
Dear Barbara K, I've noticed that you haven't blogged in awhile and I'm a bit concerned. I am a big fan and excitedly look foward to reading about your week of cooking and life on a boat in the carribbean. I hope everything is okay and that you are on another adventure with T using the money you've saved each week. Please write back. Your friend, Dana K
Dec. 18, 2010 10:26 am
:-) I was just checking to see if you had any new blogs out there too! Miss reading about your adventures!
Dec. 27, 2010 5:29 pm
i also look forward to hearing of your adventures and dream of one day doing the same... hope all is well and your holidays were wonderful. please post soon, as it is verrrrrry cold here in Ohio and i am dreaming of the island/ boat life!
Dec. 31, 2010 10:35 am
Barabra, your blog is my favorite! I love reading about your culinary adventures and your glass shop. I miss reading your blog, I hope you post again soon!
Feb. 2, 2011 2:53 am
Still loving your blog after my first full year on allrecipes...thanks! I did have to comment on the mackerel though. I've been living in Ireland now for just over two years and people eat mackerel all the time, it's served in some of our finest Michelin starred restaurants in both Dublin and London. Richard Corrigan has a recipe to serve it with a rhubarb IS an oily fish but all the better since it contains the ever important Omega 3's. I will say, however, that you must eat it fresh. The taste is not as good after it's been out of the ocean for a few days, best when caught within 24 hours. (but really you could say that with any fish, couldn't you?) Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, and a few other notorious British chefs have been rallying over here in "The Big Fish Fight" to get people to eat less cod and tuna so that the EU will have to change it's laws regarding quotas for fishing boats...if people start eating more fish like mackerel the laws of supply and demand will also change, thus forcing the EU to act. So, eat MORE mackerel, it's good for you! :)
Feb. 26, 2011 10:44 am
barbara i never comment in blogs, i love yours and seen your life in the island. I am worried we havent heard from you in a long time. I hope you and your husband are ok and if you are having difficult times stay strong and have faith everything will be all right.
Mar. 17, 2011 8:11 pm
Barbara!... We miss hearing about your life/boating adventures onboard... :) I can only imagine after getting sick on fish; it stays with you for awhile; my Dad got sick off eating watermelons that warm on the vines; he says he ate too many as a kid and I never saw him eat watermelon period! Oh and I think HCM is confused, this is not a vegetarian blogging site...
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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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