Aug 27: Carnitas Burrito; Bacon and Black Bean Chili with cheddar, sour cream, avocado & green onions

Lunch

We decided to get take-out as part of a supermarket trip, and picked Carnitas Michoacan which we’ve been happy with before.

The carnitas burrito is $5.50 with tax per serve.

Dinner

A slightly cooler evening made a big pot of chili attractive. The bacon, black bean and beef chili is great. Add the “fixins” and it’s really good. We may get in a fight with Texans over adding beans, but we think they’re an enhancement to the flavor and texture.

This recipe makes eight serves.

  • Bacon ends cost $4.99 for the container, but this recipe used about 1/2 of that, or 32c per serve
  • Onion and garlic – about 5c a serve
  • The beef we used is expensive – pasture raised, dry aged ground beef from our monthly meat delivery – at $9.08 or $1.15 a serve
  • Spices – about 10c a serve
  • Diced fire roasted tomatoes are $2.19 the can, or 28c per serve
  • Tomato paste was 89c or 11c a serve
  • The beans were 99c a can, or 25c a serve
  • Each serve got half an Avocado or 84c per serve
  • Cheese was 55c per serve
  • Sour cream cost $3.99 but we used 1/4 on tonight’s meal, or 50c per serve.

All up dinner cost us $4.15 for a very filling serve.

Aug 26: Gyro Wrap; Choucroute with Pork Belly and Bratwurst

Lunch

A return to the gyro meat wrap, and again with cucumber because it adds a nice, wet crunch to the wrap.

  • The fully cooked sliced gyro/yeros meat is $3.99 per 10oz pack. There are really four serves, so each serve is very slightly cheaper than the chicken, at $1.00 per serve.
  • The flatbread is 50c per serve
  • Hummus is $3.99 per container and we used about 1/6 or 33c per serve
  • A box of Persian cucumbers was $2.49 for five, and we used one, or 25c per serve
  • We served 1/4 of the tabouli salad or 67c per serve.

Lunch today cost $2.75.

Dinner

Trader Joes have bratwursts imported from Germany as an Octoberfest seasonal special that we had been wanting to try, so why not choucroute? They get a big thumbs up from us!

The addition of cooked pork belly to the choucroute was a great enhancement. Tonight’s meal served three.

  • The fully cooked pork belly (Trader Joes) was $6.49 or $2.17 per serve
  • The Oktoberfest bratwurst was $3.49 for 4, or $1.13 per serve
  • The sauerkraut is $2.99 a pack or $1.00 per serve
  • The carrots were 50c or 17c per serve
  • Potatoes add 70c per serve
  • The onion, garlic, bay leaf and juniper berries add another 35c per serve
  • White wine adds another 72c per serve.

Dinner tonight made three generous serves and cost $6.24 per serve.

Aug 25: Gyro Wrap; Le Pain Quotidien (Bakery)

Lunch

A return to the gyro meat wrap, and again with cucumber because it adds a nice, wet crunch to the wrap.

  • The fully cooked sliced gyro/yeros meat is $3.99 per 10oz pack. There are really four serves, so each serve is very slightly cheaper than the chicken, at $1.00 per serve.
  • The flatbread is 50c per serve
  • Hummus is $3.99 per container and we used about 1/6 or 33c per serve
  • A box of Persian cucumbers was $2.49 for five, and we used one, or 25c per serve
  • We served 1/4 of the tabouli salad or 67c per serve.

Lunch today cost $2.75.

Dinner

Because we were participating in a presentation at Apple Pasadena we stepped a little down the street to Le Pain Quotidian for a quick bite. Ironically, the last time we presented in an Apple Store it was in Santa Monica, and we at at Le Pain Quotidian there as well.

The food is very good. We all had the Grilled Paris Ham and Gruyere sandwich with salad. The bread is particularly good, because it’s cooked in the traditional sourdough way.

With tax and tip, dinner was $18.33 per serve.

Aug 24: Pulled Pork Sandwich; Pizza

Lunch

The last of the pulled pork went onto a open-face lunch sandwich built on an English Muffin. Trader Joe’s Garlic Sriracha BBQ sauce was the perfect condiment.

  • An English Muffin is 50c
  • Add 5c for the onion
  • Add 10c for the BBQ sauce
  • The pork but was $20.41 or $3.40 per serve, but we only used half a serve in the quesadilla or $1.70.

Lunch today cost $2.35. Our lunch ‘sandwich’ is pictured above because you all know what pizza looks like.

Dinner

Traditional on LACPUG night is to go to pizza afterward. We all contribute $5 a person, so dinner tonight was $5.00 per serve.

Aug 23: Gyro Wrap; Pulled Pork ‘Quesadilla’ with Ceviché Onions

Lunch

A return to the gyro meat wrap but with cucumber because it adds a nice, wet crunch to the wrap.

  • The fully cooked sliced gyro/yeros meat is $3.99 per 10oz pack. There are really four serves, so each serve is very slightly cheaper than the chicken, at $1.00 per serve.
  • The flatbread is 50c per serve
  • Hummus is $3.99 per container and we used about 1/6 or 33c per serve
  • A box of Persian cucumbers was $2.49 for five, and we used one, or 25c per serve
  • We served 1/4 of the tabouli salad or 67c per serve.

Lunch today cost $2.75.

Dinner

How many ways can we use pulled pork? How about our version of a Quesadilla made with flat bread.

  • One flatbread (half of two) costs 50c a serve
  • Half a can of refried beans, shared across two halves: 26c
  • A very generous serve of salsa is 20c per serve
  • 2 oz of cheddar split between two is 50c per serve
  • Add 5c for the onion
  • The pork but was $20.41 or $3.40 per serve, but we only used half a serve in the quesadilla or $1.70.

Dinner tonight cost $3.21. The pickled onions provide a fresh, slightly acid crunch that perfectly offsets the fattiness of the pork.

Aug 22: Popeye’s Fried Chicken; Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw

Lunch

Almost a direct repeat of yesterday, except we had some of the broccoli slaw with cold fried chicken (foodie Greg’s favorite).

  • Eight pieces of chicken were $11.99, but that makes four serves in all, making each serve $3.00
  • The broccoli slaw was 45c per serve with some mayo and home-made yoghurt.

Lunch today cost $3.45

Dinner

Tonight was almost an exact repeat of last night, except we swapped out some ceviche onion (pickled in sour orange juice) instead of the onion cooked with the meat.

The pulled pork, which had been sitting in the remaining pot juices overnight, was even better than the night it was cooked.

  • The pork but was $20.41 or $3.40 per serve
  • Chicken stock adds about 14c per serve
  • The broccoli slaw was $1.69 or 12 oz, but we used only half or 21c per serve
  • Civiche onion adds 10c per serve
  • The envy apple was $1.29 or 33c per serve.

Dinner tonight was better than the original and cost $4.18.

Aug 21: Popeye’s Fried Chicken; Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw

Lunch

Finishing up in North Hollywood at lunch times we picked up some Popeye’s chicken on the way home. I really don’t understand how the pricing at different Popeye’s outlets varies so much. The Van Nuys outlet in Pacoima is about 20% higher than in Burbank.

  • Eight pieces of chicken were $11.99, but that makes four serves in all, making each serve $3.00
  • The large Red beans and rice was $4.49 and we shared that for $2.25 a serve.

Lunch was $5.25 a serve.

Dinner

There was a pork shoulder (aka Boston butt) in our Prather Ranch meat delivery, so why not makes some pulled pork? We paired it with some apple slaw – basically a broccoli slaw with Envy apple added.

The pork looks like it will make six meal portions, perhaps more as lunch wrap portions. The apple and broccoli slaw made four portions.

  • The pork but was $20.41 or $3.40 per serve
  • Chicken stock adds about 14c per serve
  • Onion adds about 15c per serve
  • The broccoli slaw was $1.69 or 12 oz, but we used only half or 21c per serve
  • The envy apple was $1.29 or 33c per serve.

Dinner tonight was very tasty and cost $4.77 per serve. The apple slaw perfectly offsets the slight fattiness of the pork.

Aug 20: The Country Deli; Panzanella Salad

Lunch

After a morning of yard work, The Country Deli was calling. Foodie Philip had his usual marinated skirt steak, eggs and home fried potato; foodie Greg had a half pastrami sandwich with steak fries.

Lunch at The Country Deli runs around $20 per serve with tax and tip.

Dinner

When you have left over baguette, how better to use it than Alton Brown’s panzanella salad. Because we used arugula instead of romaine lettuce, we dropped the mint. The arugula served as both green and herb.

  • 1/4 of the $2.69 baguette went to each serve or 68c
  • The bacon came from Prather Ranch on special at $9.00 for 12 oz and we used about half, or $2.25 per serve
  • The wild arugula was $1.99 but we use about 1/3 or 33c per serve
  • Organic plum tomatoes were $2.99 but only half was left or 75c per serve
  • Add 15c for the oil and vinegar in the dressing.

Dinner tonight was a refreshing summer salad at $4.16 per serve.

Aug 19: ‘Picnic’ Grazing Lunch; Lamb Neck Chops with Yoghurt Feta Dressing and Tabouli

Lunch

A trip to Jons market always provides a baguette and liverwurst to add to our cheddar, pickles, egg and cornichon. Make your own.

  • 1/4 of the $2.69 baguette went to each serve or 68c
  • We used about 1/4 of the $4 block of cheese, or 50c a serve
  • We used about 1/2 of the $2.49 liverwurst, or 63c a serve
  • We shared a boiled, pastured egg or 25c each
  • The heirloom tomato was 25c or 12c per serve.

Lunch today cost $2.18 a serve.

Dinner

We started with the ` because Foodie Greg wanted to try it, and we’d just started making our own yoghurt. Once it was decided to use it as a dressing for whole potatoes the logical choice of protein was lamb.

The neck chops were not what we expected, without a lot of meat, but were quite tasty.

  • The lamb neck chops were $5.47 or $2.74 per serve
  • The yoghurt and mint came free
  • The greek feta is $6.49 for four blocks, and we used half of one block in this dressing, or 41c per serve
  • Limes were $1.56 and about half went into the dish, or 26c per serve
  • The baby gold potatoes were $2.99 or 75c per serve
  • Tabouli was $2.69 and we used half, or 68c per serve.

The best part of dinner tonight was the yoghurt feta and mint dressing on the potatoes. Dinner tonight cost $4.84 per serve.

Aug 18: Gyro Wrap; NY Strip Steak, Ratatouille with Pastured Eggs

Lunch

A return to the gyro meat wrap. We ran out of cucumber!

  • The fully cooked sliced gyro/yeros meat is $3.99 per 10oz pack. There are really four serves, so each serve is very slightly cheaper than the chicken, at $1.00 per serve.
  • The flatbread is 50c per serve
  • Hummus is $3.99 per container and we used about 1/6 or 33c per serve
  • We served 1/4 of the tabouli salad or 67c per serve.

Lunch today cost $2.50.

Dinner

Thursday night is, by tradition, ‘steak night’. We interpret it very loosely but tonight NY Strip is definitely steak! Paired with the last of the ratatouille and one (or two) organic eggs, it is essential steak, eggs and cooked tomato!

As usual we prepared the steak ‘blue’ – essentially uncooked in the middle – because the aged beef is tender that way and, since it’s not concentrated feed lot beef, it’s safe that way.

  • The steak was from our Prather Ranch delivery: just under 12 oz for $19.45 or $9.76 per serve
  • The ratatouille was $2.05 per serve (details on Aug 12)
  • Each pastured egg is 50c or an average of 75c per serve tonight.

Dinner tonight cost $12.56 and reminds me that we do pay a premium for pastured eggs and grass raised beef, but it’s important to us that the animals that contribute to our feed – with their lives frequently – should have a good life. We also appreciate the improved flavor in the steak and eggs.