Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cooking Aboard: Shrimp Curry

Matt made me a delicious Indian Shrimp Curry the other day. He doesn't really ever measure spices but here is a basic guideline to making this delicious one pot meal aboard.

4 oz olive oil
6 garlic cloves, chopped 
1" ginger, peeled and chopped 
1 onions, peeled and chopped
4 large portabella mushrooms
1 package grape tomatoes
1 lime, zest and juice
2 pinches cumin 
1 tsp mustard seeds 
2 tbs ground coriander 
2 tsp turmeric
red chili peppers, we have some red chiles that are all crushed up and ready to use but crushed red pepper works too. We like it hot but use as much as you like.
1 can of coconut milk 3/4lb large raw shrimp
sea salt
Throw the olive oil and all the spices in a pan. Saute for a minute or so. Add the garlic, onions, and ginger. I really like ginger so use as much as you want. Once the onions are caramelized add the tomatoes. Cook until it thickens. Add coconut milk and bring to boil. Once it boils add the shrimp. You can eat this meal with rice but I like to add Quinoa right into the pot and let it cook in the curry. Mostly because I hate doing dishes more than anything in the world but also it makes the starch tastier. You can do that method with rice or lentils too. Enjoy.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Wintering Aboard: Water Fill Up

Just another part of living aboard on the hard during the winter. All the the water taps in the boatyard are winterized so we have to carry jerry jugs up the ladder to fill our tanks. Two 5 gallon jerry cans X six trips to the only unwinterized water tap in the marina = a huge pain in the ass. Feels good to be full up though.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Still fixing...

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. We are still steadily repairing frames and moving towards our goal. We had a few weeks of below freezing nights around the new year and it hasn't created a very easy climate for laying up epoxy. In fact, one of the repairs that we installed didn't cure all the way and ended up needing to be removed and redone. It has been a bit discouraging but we have kept an overall positive attitude. We bought a kerosene heater from Home Depot about a month ago which has enabled us to heat the tent the boat is under. The heater has a thermostat which allows us to keep the tent around 40°F while we aren't there. When it is time to mix up epoxy we turn the thermostat up to about 75°F. It doesn't exactly get the tent temperature up that high but it keeps it warm enough for the epoxy to cure. A nice side benefit is that our electric heater inside the cabin doesn't have to work as hard and we are staying pretty comfortable inside our little home. I was originally worried about living aboard during the winter on the hard but it has been reasonably easy. 

There are only a couple frames left in the lazarette that need to be repaired then it is onto the engine stringers. Almost there.