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

Christmas Winds 
Dec. 21, 2011 10:17 am 
Updated: Dec. 14, 2012 7:10 am
The Christmas Winds are back here in the Virgin Islands, and they are driving me crazy! During the rest of the year, we see mild winds, but at the end of December we see tradewinds blowing 20-30 knots- constantly. They howl through the trees, toss the boat around, and bring very cool nights. In the South of France in the winter, they have the Mistral winds (rumored to actually drive people crazy) that blow a lot harder but only last for a few days. Ours last for a couple of weeks. I can't complain too much, though, at least there is no snow!

Our boat is decorated for the season, we don't do a tree but we wrap the inside part of the mast with garland and hang our ornaments- lots of divers and mermaids!

We also have an inflatable snow globe that sits on our awning over the cockpit and is quite impressive. You may think it would bother the neighbors, but the other liveaboards on our dock put similar inflatables up, too! Quite the carnival!

We did ok on the budget this week, $116, so $11 over budget, and this is what we ate:

Sunday: We had some friends over for a tapas party. I made flatbread, and served balsamic marinated watermelon, roasted almonds, warm olives and peppers, a cream cheese tourine with tomato and basil, and of course, lots of wine!

Monday: We made a pizza with leftover veggies

Tuesday: Husband made chicken breasts stuffed with ham and swiss, tomato soup on the side.

Wednesday: Pasta alfredo with veggies

Thursday was our softball game, and we grabbed burgers after.

Friday: Spinach salad with grilled chicken

Saurday: Burgers stuffed with Roquefort cheese and cajun seasoning, topped with red onions and tomatoes on Hawaiian buns. Yum- best meal of the week!

Hope everyone has agreat holiday week, and thanks for stopping by!
Dec. 21, 2011 1:34 pm
That's neat you decorated the boat so Christmasy! It must be quite a festive sight to see!
Dec. 22, 2011 6:12 am
Love the mast/tree! Very inventive! Merry Christmas to you and your husband, Barbara!
Dec. 22, 2011 4:39 pm
Ugh. during hurricane season here when we have some bad storms, the wind more than anything else drives me nuts....especially when it is constant!! Merry Christmas!
Dec. 22, 2011 10:08 pm
Barbara,I can definitely understand your needing/wanting a break from writing this blog but it is so good to see you back on here. I enjoy reading your blog so much and was worried that something serious was keeping you from writing. Glad to hear that all is well. Hope you and your husband have a blessed Christmas and a happy new year.
Dec. 23, 2011 7:26 am
Thanks! Happy Holidays to everyone!!
Dec. 23, 2011 12:31 pm
As always, a nice blog from paradise Barbara. Love your festive decorations. We are having a rainy holiday in west Maui this year. The humpbacks are in, but they are NOT showing yet :( Wind is a common thing event here, but I like the break it can give you from the intense sun. I am trying to do a Christmas blog with photos, but for some darn reason my puter will not recognize my flash reader :( Mele Kalikimaka Barbara.
Dec. 23, 2011 10:52 pm
Love to read your blogs, Barbara. So fascinating to live on the boat to a city gal. Merry Christmas!
Jan. 3, 2012 10:27 am
Hi Barbara! So glad you are back! I enjoy reading your stories!
Dec. 14, 2012 7:10 am
I'm new to your blog. I'm fascinated by your writing! You take me to a place I will most likely never visit. Thanks for sharing your life and recipes!
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About Me
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.
My favorite things to cook
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.
My cooking triumphs
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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