We don’t smoke, don’t do holidays, rarely go out for a meal, don’t go to the theatres and don’t have satellite or cable so I feel a little better when I tot up the yearly expenses associated with keeping our boat in the water (Canadian Tire & Stright MacKay love my husband)….however I can’t quite bring myself to write them down here for fear of coming over in a cold sweat..
Things would be different of course if we lived on the boat (instead of a house)…less space to heat, a high percentage of renewable energy (if solar panels and a wind turbine were installed), free wind to travel (instead of just gasoline), no mortgage and mooring fees and other associated costs on par or even less than annual property taxes…mmmmmm…maybe one day..
As we approach crane-in day (Saturday 17th May starting at 10am- if the weather stays nice) at the Mahone Bay Civic Marina, we have been busy ‘tarting’ her up….David (he who bears a startling resemblance, when sleeping, to the ‘Shroud of Turin’ …PS please don’t take offence by that but the observation is quite true… PPS Dear David- I’m glad you have a sense of humour!) has been the busy one really, gel coating, sanding, varnishing, painting, cabling, installing and generally making a huge big mess before putting her all back together again.
CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO SEE HOW BUSY IT GETS & HOW MESSY OUR BOAT IS
I’ve helped a little too. Polished off the mildew on the cabin walls and ceiling (there wasn’t much surprisingly) and did quite a bit of sanding but I also made up a quick recipe that easily could be cooked onboard your boat, a tasty meal that takes just 10 minutes using mostly tinned main ingredients. It has protein and is filling and just what you would need out at sea! In our case I made it at home, put it in containers, drove from Upper Cornwall to Mahone Bay and climbed a 10ft ladder up the side of the boat with a bag in my mouth. I simply heated it in our boats microwave (aren’t we posh) and enjoyed…
Carolyn’s Tuna, Haricot Bean & Mango Curry.
Can of chunked tuna in water. (79 cents)
1/2 can of Romano/haricot beans (45 cents)
Heaped tablespoon of Presidents Choice Bengal curried sauce (20 cents worth)
1 teaspoon of curry powder (5 cents)
1 onion (20 cents)
milk (25 cents)
veg oil or butter/marg (10 cents)
flour for thickening (5 cents)
Instant rice or Cous Cous (50 cents worth)
Salt & Pepper if needed.
Using ingredients that are easy to store for long periods of time make up the main ingredients of this recipe.
Put a little butter/marg or oil in a frying pan and heat.
Add in chopped onion and brown a little, add in chunked tuna and continue for a minute.
Add in a cup of milk, teaspoon of curry powder and stir.
Add in a big splodge of curried mango sauce and stir again. Add in romano beans
Mix flour to a paste with a little water or milk and add to the thickness you require
Prepare instant rice or cous cous while continuing to cook curry for around 5 mins (thats all!)
Ok its stodgy, Ok it may not look great if you suffer with sea sickness but it actually tastes rather wonderful if you like some exciting flavours for a change…