Jul 16: Cheddar & Branston Pickle, Salami with Sun Dried Tomato, Swiss & Sprouts; Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon on Avocado Toast

Lunch

Today we mixed it up by sharing two sandwiches. On one Cheddar and Branston Pickle; on the other Salami, Swiss, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Sprouts.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • The Old Crock cheddar was $5.45 or 90c per serve
  • Branston Pickles add 40c
  • The Salami was $3.99 and we used ¼ or 50c per serve
  • Add 20c for Sun Dried Tomato Spread
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 17c per serve.

Two good sandwiches for $2.83 per serve.

Dinner

We’re having our ‘Fishy Friday’ early this week as we’re schedule to share Pork Chops with friends on Friday. A simple meal of Avocado Toast topped with Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs with a sprinkling of Everything But The Bagel seasoning.

Tonight we experimented with using mayonnaise in the scrambled eggs, which is a good thing according to Alton Brown.

  • The bread is 33c per serve
  • Pastured Eggs are 51c each or $1.02 per serve
  • Add 10c for Mayonnaise
  • The Smoked Salmon was $8.99 or $4.50 per serve
  • Two Avocados were $1.69 and we shared one, or 43c per serve
  • Add 10c for Garlic Spread.

A most enjoyable meal with a good balance of texture and flavor for $6.48 per serve. The yokes of pastured eggs are much richer in color than those of intense production eggs because the chickens get plenty of natural food outdoors.

Jul 15: Egg Salad Sandwich; Black Rice and Mango Salad

Lunch

Instead of a hot roll, today we had the Egg Salad with Sprouts on a regular sandwich.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • The egg salad is $3.69 for 10 oz and we used 2 oz per serve, or 92c per serve
  • The sprouts cost $1.99 and we shared about 1/8 or 12c per serve.

The roll has more structural integrity, but the sandwich version was fine for $1.70 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight’s meatless meal was a Black Rice and Mango Salad. We have been getting some excellent mangos from Smart and Final. We substituted mint for cilantro and dropped the onion.

  • Black rice is 44c per serve
  • The Mangos were $2.58 or $1.29 per serve
  • Peanuts were $2.99 but we only used 1/4, or 38c per serve
  • Mint came from our garden
  • Add 30c for seasoning.

This was a good salad that we enjoyed a lot, for $2.41 per serve.

Jul 14: Turkey, Kumato, Swiss & Greens; Gordon Biersch

Lunch

For lunch we made two sandwiches with Smoked Turkey Breast, Kumato, Swiss and some Mixed Greens.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we each had one, or 70c per serve
  • The turkey is $3.49 and we each had ⅓ or $1.16 per serve
  • Add 20c for Garlic Spread
  • Add 20 for the Mixed Greens.

A pretty good sandwich for $2.92 per serve.

Dinner

For dinner we met with a fellow developer at Gordon Biersch for dinner and discussion.

Foodie Greg had the Chicken Tacos, while Foodie Philip settled for the Gorgonzola steak because his two other choices were out of stock! This is after Gordon Biersch have (once again) killed first choice menu items like the Smokey Chicken Tostadas. In fact Gordon Biersch have killed the entire “lite” line.

Do not go to Gordon Biersch for the food. It’s fine for beer and for a meeting place, but set your expectations to low for food.

Thanks to a ½ price second entree deal it was $18.65 per serve with tax and tip.

Jul 13: Afghani Take-Out; Caramelized Pork on Bean Threads

Lunch

For lunch we had Afghani take-out where Foodie Philip tried the Chapli ‘sandwich’ and Foodie Greg had the Falafel version from Skewers Halal, who’s servings are huge for $9.80 per serve, including tax.

Dinner

Tonight we took the remaining Caramelized Pork and served it cold on Bean Threads (bean protein based noodles) topped with Bell Pepper and Nappa Cabbage.

  • The Pork is $2.59 per serve
  • The Bean Threads were $2.49 and we used ⅓ or 42c per serve
  • The Bell Pepper was $1.63 and we used half, or 41c per serve
  • Add 30c for Nappa Cabbage
  • Add 30c for seasoning.

The Caramelized Pork was great cold and mixed well with the salad ingredients. A good meal for $3.92 per serve.

Jul 12: Smoked Trout & Avocado; Mango Avocado Shrimp Salad

Lunch

Given that an avocado makes two sandwiches, as does a can of Smoke Trout, we each had an Avocado & Smoked Trout Sandwich. What made it particularly good was the addition of some Garlic Spread on the non-avocado bread.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Avocados were $1.38 for two and we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • The smoked trout is $3.49 per can and we shared one, or $1.75 per serve
  • Add 10c for Garlic Spread.

With the Garlic Spread this was an excellent sandwich for $2.86 per serve.

Dinner

Another new recipe – Mango Avocado Shrimp Salad – for ‘Fishy Friday.’ We souse vidé the Shrimp, cooled and chopped them for the salad.

  • The Argentinian Shrimp averages $2.50 per serve
  • The Mango was $1.29 or 65c per serve
  • The avocado was $1.69 or 85c per serve
  • The Salad Greens mix was $3.29 but we shared half, or 83c per serve
  • Add 20c for seasonings.

This is an excellent salad and we really enjoyed it. We had some great Mango that perfectly complemented the avocado. A great meal for $5.03 per serve.

Jul 11: Avocado & Turkey; Hot and Sour Beef Salad

Lunch

As we had an avocado on hand, we spread it on two sandwiches, added sliced Turkey Breast and Garlic Spread to make a really good sandwich.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Avocados were $1.38 for two and we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • The turkey is $3.49 and we shared ½ or 88c per serve
  • Add 10c for Garlic Spread.

A pretty decent sandwich much improved by the Garlic Spread, for $1.99 per serve.

Dinner

As the weather is warming up we’re back looking for interesting salads. Tonight we tried Nigella Lawson’s Hot and Sour Beef Salad. We grilled the Rib Eye on the outside grill before marinating and serving on a very simple salad base.

  • The 10 oz Dry Aged Rib Eye is $8.10 per serve
  • The Salad Greens mix was $3.29 but we shared half, or 83c per serve
  • Limes were 66c for two but we shared one, or 16c per serve
  • Instead of a Chili we used some Sambal Ulec, which adds 20c per serve.

We really enjoyed this salad. The slight heat in the dressing lifted both steak and salad to another level. An excellent meal for $9.29 per serve.

Jul 10: Kumato & Cheddar; Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Bowls

Lunch

Today we made two Kumato and Cheddar sandwiches, which is a favorite.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • The Old Crock cheddar was $5.45 or 90c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we each had one, or 70c per serve
  • Add 20c for garlic spread.

As always they turned out well for $2.46 per serve.

Dinner

  • The ground pork was $8.35 and we’ll get four serves from that, or $2.09 per serve
  • Add 40c for ginger, shallot, garlic and chili, etc
  • Add 10c for grated carrot
  • Mung Bean Sprouts were $1.49 or 75c per serve.

The wet and spicy sprouts are a perfect balance for the spicy meat mix to create a great meal for $3.29 per serve.

Jul 9: Egg, Bacon Brioche; Beef and Snow Pea Stir-fry

Lunch

The Foodies skipped lunch as they had attended a hosted breakfast in the community.

Dinner

Tonight we did a simple stir-fry with “meat for fajitas” and snow peas served with black rice.

  • 1 lb of Keller Crafted ground beef is $8.25 or $4.13 per serve
  • The Snow Peas $3.49 or $1.75 per serve
  • Black rice is 44c per serve
  • Add 30c for seasoning.

A decent stir-fry for $6.62 per serve.

Jul 8: Lemon Pepper Tuna, Turkey and Olive Tapenade; Pulled BBQ Jackfruit with Rice and Cuban Beans

Lunch

We reverted to toasted sandwiches for a change. One Lemon Pepper Tuna and Swiss, the other Smoked Turkey breast with Olive Tapenade.

  • The bread was 33c per serve
  • The Lemon Pepper Tuna is $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • The olive tapenade was $2.99 for the jar, but we used about one quarter, or 38c per serve
  • The turkey is $3.49 and we shared ⅓ or 58c per serve
  • Add 20c for garlic spread.

We shared both sandwiches for $2.49 per serve.

Dinner

We tried another meatless alternative: this time Pulled BBQ Jackfruit with Rice and Cuban Beans. The Jackfruit “pulls” like pulled pork, and is flavored by the BBQ Sauce as they don’t have much flavor themselves.

  • The Jackfruit were $3.98 for the two cans or $1.00 per serve
  • Brown Rice is 33c per serve
  • Canned Cuban Beans are 99c or 50c per serve
  • Add 40c per serve for Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses and Carolina BBQ Sauce.

The Jackfruit has an interesting texture that is not quite melting, but not as defined as pulled pork would be. Most of the flavor comes from the BBQ sauce, although we followed a recipe that had a lot of Apple Cider Vinegar in the early cook and we felt the Jackfruit took up a little too much so the acid was a little out of balance. We’ll do better next time, but this was a pretty good meal for $2.23 per serve.

Jul 7: Bahn Mi; Roast Chicken, Asparagus and Corn Salad

Lunch

For lunch we picked up a Bahn Mi and enjoyed it on our outside terrace for $9.27 per serve with tax and tip.

Dinner

At the end of the weekend it’s time to use ups leftovers, so we steamed the asparagus and remaining chicken and served with a little of the Corn Salad for a very tasty meal.

  • The Chicken is $6.99 and we we each had ¼ or $1.75 per serve
  • The asparagus was $3.05 and we shared the ⅓ we had left, or 50c per serve
  • The Corn and Chile Salad was already fully accounted.

A good meal for $2.35 per serve.