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

The Best Gravy...From the Weirdest Ingredients 
Nov. 30, 2011 7:47 am 
Updated: Dec. 24, 2011 6:56 pm
We such a small oven on the boat that cooking a turkey is out of the question, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I asked my husband to make his famous turkey and cranberry chili. He won’t tell me the recipe, but it involves turkey and dried cranberries. I set off for some of the ingedients, and rather than the dried cranberries, I bought fresh. They looked so good, and I have never actually eaten a fresh raw cranberry. Well, husband absolutely insisted that fresh wouldn’t work in the chili, so I had to find another recipe to use the cranberries. I stumbled upon Brisket with Cranberries, and the ingredients sounded so weird I knew I had to try it: brisket, a pack of dried onion soup mix, a bottle of catalina dressing, and a bag of cranberries. The recipe called for combining everything and roasting, but I did mine in the crockpot with some pork shoulder.

The shoulder was a little fatty, so I had to skim some grease off but the sauce tasted amazing! I made a gravy out of it, and it is my new favorite - fruity and meaty. We put the pork in bowls, topped with mashed potatoes and the gravy. I will definitely make this again, though maybe try chicken next time.

We came in $7 under budget for the week, and this is what else we ate for the week: Jerk Chicken, BLT’s with soup, Burritos with rice, Veggie Calzones, and a Mediterranean Tuna Salad. And Thanksgiving, of course. We went to a friend’s for dinner- no cooking, no cleaning, perfect!

We received this huge papaya from a friend's tree...I think I may make a salsa out of it!
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Nov. 30, 2011 1:48 pm
I seem to recall something similar which you could probably make on a boat without a fuss, chicken, russian dressing/or catalina, onion soup mix and cranberry jelly. You figure out the proportions. It was good I remember that.
Nov. 30, 2011 3:06 pm
looks great Barb! don't like papayas....i don't know nice job coming in under budget. :-)
Nov. 30, 2011 7:27 pm
Cranberries and brisket, hmm, I could see that working with wild boar. DH and DS went hunting and got some this summer. It has an interesting flavor and I have wondered what to do with it. Thanks for the idea!
Nov. 30, 2011 9:20 pm
Just popping in to say...I have missed your blogs! Happy Holidays to You two! XOXO
Dec. 1, 2011 3:54 am
Good to see you, Barb! Always love your blogs. Do you plan to continue your boat life for some time? It is so fascinating to me - and a lot of us!
Dec. 2, 2011 6:44 am
Hi! No plans to discontinue boat life! I really enjoy the simple life (not having lots of stuff, no television, etc) and never in a million years could we be able to buy a house here!
Dec. 24, 2011 6:56 pm
How lovely to have this lifestyle! Do you ever motor or sail to somewhere distant? I would love to live on a boat, likely after retirement, it would be fun! I love your dedication, it seems it would be required and oh-so-worth-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.
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!
My cooking tragedies
There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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