Sep 1: The Country Deli; Pasta with Mushrooms and Peas

Lunch

A need to head down the hill to Chatsworth led us to The Country Deli for lunch. Foodie Philip had his regular marinated skirt steak, eggs and home fries, which was excellent as always. Foodie Greg had a brisket, ortega chili and cheese sandwich, which was also excellent, although we felt there was too much of the brisket, making the balance of the sandwich slightly ‘out’.

Lunch at The Country Deli runs around $20.00 with tax and tip.

Dinner

A new pasta combination: pasta with mushrooms and peas. Not exactly vegetarian, but with only a few slices of bacon, definitely meat light. Without the bacon and peas, this could have been a little boring, but overall there is enough flavor and texture variation between them and the pasta and mushrooms to satisfy.

We used Brown Rice and Quinoa pasta. It’s a good tasting pasta without gluten – although neither of us are allergic – but it does not reheat well, nor is it good cold. We made a half batch, and even that was more than we could eat. None of the bacon went to waste!

In the absence of port we used two tablespoons of Bulliet Rye. We probably shouldn’t have wasted the rye!

  • We bought a $6.49 pack of bacon (from Canada, but not Canadian Bacon) with seven thick cut slices, of which we used four, or $1.86c per serve
  • The mushrooms were $2.79 or $1.40 per serve
  • The rye adds 62c per serve
  • Peas were $1.39 or 35c per serve
  • The parmesan cost $6.30, but we used around 1/4 or 79c per serve
  • The brown rice & quinoa pasta was $2.99 for the pack. We used half or 75c per serve
  • Add 20c for garlic, oil and a splash of milk.

Dinner tonight was better than expected and cost $5.97 per serve.

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