We decided to go out for lunch, for no particularly good reason. Our favorite is The Country Deli. They serve a 10 oz marinated skirt steak that is always good when cooked rare. Served with three eggs, home fries and a bread/bagel, it’s a huge meal.
Foodie Greg’s corned beef sandwich was likewise excellent, although he was thankful he ordered a half!
Lunch at the Country Deli runs out around $20 a serve with tax and tip.
Tonight we revisited Bacon and Black Bean Chili. Again we doubled up on the beans. This is an amazingly good chili. The recipe officially makes four serves (and that’s what I used to calculate pricing) but we find it makes six serves with the extra beans, and the ‘fixins’: avocado, sour cream, and spring onion.
Bacon ends cost $4.99 for the container, but this recipe used about 1/2 of that, or 63c 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 $8.95 for slightly over a pound, or $2.24 a serve
Spices – about 10c a serve
Diced fire roasted tomatoes are $2.19 the can, or 55c per serve
Tomato past was 89c or 22c a serve
The beans were 99c a can, or 50c a serve
Each serve got half the 99c Avocado or 50c per serve
Cheese was 55c per serve
Sour cream – 20c per serve
All up dinner cost us $5.53 for a very filling serve.
We used theTrader Joe’s Just Chicken’ again. As it was yesterday today’s lunch cost $2.32 per serve.
Continuing our experiments with the new smoker, we smoked some already-cooked (but not smoked) pork sausages from our Prather Ranch delivery.
The smoking definitely enhances the flavor, although the result was a little more subtle than the meat we’ve smoked from raw. Served with a double serve of the double ‘potato’ halloumi bake left over from last night.
The sweet potato, bell pepper, apple and halloumi bake is $1.93 per serve, and we doubled up for $3.86 per serve.
The sausages $12.46 for two packs, or $3.11 per serve for the best pork sausages we’ve ever had, even better with a little smoke.
The $6.99 chicken pack contains six serves, or $1.17 a serve
The flatbread is 50c
Hummus is $3.99 per container and we used about 1/6 or 33c per serve
Today’s salad was a repeat of the Kale and Broccoli pack we had a couple of days ago. The pack is $2.49 and for today’s lunch we used 1/4 or 32c per serve.
Lunch today cost $2.32 per serve.
Since we now have a smoker and there were thin-cut pork chops in our Prather Ranch delivery, the decision was obvious: smoke the pork chops! First a brine to ensure the result was tender and juicy.
Serve with a modified version of Nigela Lawson’s Double Potato Haloumi Bake substituting Granny Smith apples for the potato, after all pork and apple is almost a cliche. It’s a great modification but we would put the apple in about half way through cooking, rather than for the full duration. The recipe makes six serves.
The pork chops were $9.95 or 12oz or $4.98 per serve
We used the whole $3.76 packet of halloumi, or 63c per serve
Sweet potato cost $2.10 or 35c per serve
The large red onion cost $1.10 or 18c per serve
Red and Green peppers cost $1.49 or 25c per serve
The organic Granny Smith apple cost $2.63 or 44c per serve
The whole 50c head of garlic was used, or 8c per serve
Dinner tonight cost $1.93 for the side and $4.98 or the protein or $6.91 per serve. The smoked pork chop may not have looked as appealing as one fried off, but the taste and texture were amazingly good.
A cool ‘May gray’ day was perfect pie weather, and a Trader Joe’s Steak and Ale Pie hit the spot perfectly.
The two pack is $6.49 or $3.25 per serve.
This is a recipe that Foodie Greg created, but it’s a pretty basic seafood stew. It’s big advantage is that everything is available from a supermarket. The recipe makes six serves and it’s a favorite of Foodie Philip
Canned Salmon $4.99 or 83c per serve
Two cups of Half & Half $1.79 or 30c a serve
2.3 lbs of potato was $2.26 or 38c per serve
Two carrots were 30c or 5c per serve
Carton of chicken broth $1.99 or 33c per serve
A medium onion is around 20c or 3c per serve.
The salmon chowder cost us $1.92 a serve. Served with Simple Truth Ready to bake garlic bread – $2.50 for the loaf (on special) or 60c per serve.
The total for this quick and easy meal is $2.52 per serve.
Wild caught smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers on an onion bagel. What’s not to like?
Smoked salmon is normally $5.99 for the 4oz pack, but today it was on special at $1 off, with another $1 coupon, or $2 a serve
The pack of six onion bagels is $1.99 or 33c per serve
The avocado was a bargain at 39c or 20c per serve
Add 5c for capers.
Lunch today cost $2.58 per serve.
Two pounds of Prather Ranch dry-aged ground beef in the freezer was calling to us and a beef meatloaf answered. Paired with mashed cauliflower and brown gravy it makes a great diner-esque meal.
We chose Barefoot Contessa’s classic recipe with 2 lb of beef. Because we get a direct-from-farmer meat delivery, the dry-aged ground beef was around $8 a pound.
The secret to successful cauliflower mash is to let it steam off moisture after the boiling/pressure cooking. Otherwise the mash ends up too sloppy. Mash the cauliflower and parsnip or use a Cuisinart like we do, with some butter, lemon, garlic and sea salt to taste. (But a quick search will find many interesting variations on the basic recipe.)
2 lb of grass fed, dry-aged beef cost $8.00 per lb or $2.00 per serve.
A small organic cauliflower cost $2.97 and was shared among two, or $1.43 per serve per serve
Onions add another 15c per serve
As an alternative to chicken stock plus tomato paste, we used tomato juice for 12c per serve
Eggs add 25c per serve
Add in another 27c for seasonings, Worcestershire sauce and bread crumbs
8 oz Panko breadcrumbs are $2.99 and we used half, or 38c per serve
The prepared brown gravy is $2.00 per pack, or 67c per serve.
The meatloaf had great texture and flavor, and cost $5.27 per serve.