Jan 15: Smoked Trout & Avocado; Stir Fried Beef with Oyster Sauce and Sugar Snap Peas

Lunch

Although the weather made toasted sandwiches appealing, we didn’t want a simple repeat of the last two days. Since we had an avocado ready to eat, we paired it with canned smoked tuna for a pair of darned good sandwiches.

  • The smoked trout is $3.49 per can or $1.75 per serve
  • Sprouted Rye bread is 32c per serve
  • Two avocados were $1.98 but we shared one, or 50c per serve
  • Add 30c for butter.
  • We both enjoyed the sandwiches for $2.87 per serve.

    Dinner

    As we had “meat for fajita” in the freezer and a new wok to try, so we returned to a favorite: Stir-Fried Beef With Snap Peas and Oyster Sauce with brown rice. We have some leftovers for sandwiches.

    • The ‘fajita’ beef cost $13.5 for a full pound of beef, or $5.40 per very generous serve
    • Snow peas add $1.00 per serve
    • The various sauce and marinade ingredients add $1.00 per serve
    • Brown rice is 33c per serve.

    The stir fry is a good weeknight meal, for $7.73, mostly because we get all our beef aged from Keller Crafted, which is definitely more expensive than conventionally sourced beef.

Jan 14: Turkey, Swiss & Apple Sandwiches; Cauliflower Cheddar Soup

Lunch

Yesterday’s sandwich was so good we repeated it, particularly since we still had half an apple!

  • Sprouted rye bread is 32c per serve
  • The turkey breast is $2.99 for 8 oz and two went on the sandwich, or 76c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 30c for butter and mustard.

A pair of quite decent toasted sandwiches for $1.72 per serve.

Dinner

Our Meatless Monday choice this time was Cauliflower Cheddar Soup because it is definitely soup weather!

The soup makes six serves. We dropped the potatoes, which would have added body, so we compensated by using less stock. Served with a hot panini roll it was great.

  • The organic cauliflower was $3.23 or 54c per serve
  • The Old Crock cheddar was $5.45 or 91c per serve
  • Chicken broth is $1.99 per carton and we used 1.25 cartons, or 42c per serve
  • Add 20c per serve for onion, garlic, celery and carrots
  • Add 20c per serve for seasonings
  • The panini roll was 63c.

A really good soup for $2.27 per serve plus the roll, or $2.90 per serve.

Jan 13: Turkey, Swiss & Apple Sandwiches; Sushi and Sashimi

Lunch

Back in our own home and own kitchen we defaulted back to toasted sandwiches. Today’s combination added apple slices between the sliced Turkey breast and sliced Swiss, for a little crisp sweetness. It worked perfectly.

  • Sprouted rye bread is 32c per serve
  • The turkey breast is $2.99 for 8 oz and two went on the sandwich, or 76c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 30c for butter and mustard.

A pair of quite decent toasted sandwiches for $1.72 per serve.

Dinner

The Foodies were in Azusa so that Foodie Philip could participate in a Showcase hosted by his vocal coach. Between rehearsal, video setup and the performance we walked up to Sushi Ara where we’ve eaten before.

We had a generous serve of sushi and sashimi for $22.70 with tax and tip.

Jan 12: King Island Beef Pie; Thai Vegetable Gyoza in Ginger Miso Broth (with Eggs)

Lunch

After a very early breakfast on the plane, we had a slightly early lunch of meat pies we had carried back from Australia. Starting as frozen, by our lunch time they were ready for a reheat in the oven. The pies were Au$3.00 (US$2.10) each, pretty tasty, and the perfect thing for a dark Winter day after three weeks of sunny Summer!

Dinner

As we were both still a little tired from the flight, we opted for our simple go-to meal of Vegetable Gyoza and Ginger Miso Broth. Foodie Philip had two eggs to add some protein, but Foodie Greg had just the gyoza and soup.

  • The Miso Ginger broth was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • The gyoza were $3.99, or $2.00 per serve
  • Add 20c for seasonings.
  • A pastured egg is 50c.

A great tasting, simple and quick meal for $3.70 per serve.

Jan 11: Ham & Cheese Baguette; Lamb Casserole with Rice and Steamed Vegetables

Lunch

The Foodies were up before the summer sun to catch a train to Sydney and on to a flight home. Because of the flight we had a ham and cheese baguette at Sydney airport for Au$13.00 (US$9.10) each as a brunch.

Dinner

Shortly after taking off in the middle of the Australian day, we were served our evening meal on Los Angeles time. Both Foodies chose the Lamb Casserole, which was pretty good, accompanied by some quite boring white rice and the dullest steamed vegetables possible. Savored with the lamb it wasn’t too bad, particularly for airline food served in the sky. The meal was included in the flight.

Jan 10: Belmont 16′ Sailing Club; Dinner with Friends

Lunch

For lunch Foodie Greg’s parents treated us to lunch at nearby Belmont 16′ Sailing Club where Foodie Greg enjoyed his Fish and Chips while Foodie Philip enjoyed a Rump Steak (Sirloin) with Buttery Mashed Potato and roasted cherry tomatoes.

Dinner

Again the Foodies were hosted, this time by long term friends in their house where we enjoyed shrimp and/or traditional bruschetta, followed by lamb, roasted sweet potato and a rather enjoyable garden salad. Much champagne and wine flowed and a good time was had by all.

Jan 9: Chicken & Slaw Sandwich; Lamb Salad with Greek Salad

Lunch

For lunch we finished the chicken breast and broccoli slaw on sandwiches.

  • The chicken was Au$1.50 per serve
  • The broccoli slaw was Au$1.25 per serve.

A good sandwich for Au$2.75 (US$1.93) per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we had Foodie Philip’s family over for dinner. We prepared Nigella Lawson’s braised lamb shoulder with mint and pomegranate served with a homemade Greek Salad.

  • Th lamb shoulder was Au$24.35 or $3.47 per serve
  • The pomegranate was Au$2.70 or 39c per serve
  • Mint was $2.25 or 31c per serve
  • Olives were Au$3.00 or 43c per serve
  • Cos lettuce was Au$3.50 for a two pack but we used only one, or 25c per serve
  • Grape Kumatoes were Au$6.50 or 93c per serve
  • A shallot was Au92c or 13c per serve
  • Danish feta was Au$3.03 or 43c per serve.

An excellent meal all round, and enjoyed by all.  The addition of the pomegranate juice was welcome. A fitting end to our trip for Au$6.34 (US$4.44) per serve.

Jan 8: Caesar Chicken Schnitzel Wrap; Lamb Loin Chops with Eggpant, Feta and Pomegranate Salad

Lunch

For lunch today we returned to Mr Schnitzel in Warner’s Bay for an enormous Chicken Schnitzel Wrap with lettuce, bacon, parmesan and a Caesar dressing. It’s no surprise that the shop is full of those expending a lot of energy in their daily work.

A very, very filling meal with over 300g (12oz) of Schnitzel alone, for Au$13.00 (US$9.10) per serve.

Dinner

Tonight Foodie Greg cooked for his parents, we believe for the first time! He decided on lamb loin chops with an eggplant, feta and pomegranate salad. The eggplant was first tossed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar before being roasted and allowed to cool to room temperature before being added to the salad.

  • The lamb loin chops were Au$4.85 per serve
  • Danish feta was Au$3.48 or 87c per serve
  • Eggplant was Au$5.01 or $1.25 per serve
  • The pomegranate was Au$2.70 or 67c per serve
  • Mint was $3.00 but we only used about ¼ or 19c per serve.

The lamb chops were complete with ‘tail’ which brings extra flavor from the fat, while the ssalad had a great roasted flavor from the eggplant that was nicely balanced with the creamy saltiness of the feta and tart freshness of the eggpant. A very successful meal for Au$7.78 (US$5.45) per serve.

Jan 7: Toast; Roast Chicken Leg with Crunchy Brocoli Slaw

Lunch

As we had not got to the shops, we had toast and butter for lunch for under $1.00 per serve.

Dinner

Having got to the supermarket we had a Roast Chicken Leg each served with  broccoli slaw kit.

  • The Chicken was Au$9.00 or $3.00 per serve
  • The broccoli slaw kit was Au$5.00 or $1.25 per serve.

While it was hardly the most exciting meal of recent times, the chicken was well cooked and the slaw provided a slightly tart, tasty crunch.  Foodie Philip finished the somewhat boring stuffing (dressing). An okay meal for Au$4.25 (US$2.98) per serve.

 

Jan 6: Corned Beef Sandwiches; Fillet Steak, Salad and Fried Rice

Lunch 

Today was a travel day, so we grabbed a corner beef, tomato and cheese sandwich at Sydney Airport for Au$8.50 (US5.95), which is pretty expensive.

Dinner

For dinner, we were invited to Foodie Philip’s brother’s home for family dinner, where he generously hosted with fillet steak, garden salad a a great homemade fried rice that was rich in bacon and flavor.