May 25: Cheese & Tomato on an Onion Bagel; Seared Pork Loin Chops; Mashed White Beans with Kale, Parmesan, and a Fried Egg

Lunch

For variety we decided to go simple: tomato and melted cheese on an onion bagel.

  • The bagel is 50c
  • We used one kumato or 29c
  • The sliced yoghurt cheese is $4.79 a pack of 12 slices, or 80c per serve.

Lunch today was a nice variation for $1.69 per serve

Dinner

The best thing about the heritage pork we get from Prather Ranch is that they raise traditional breeds, breeds with fat in them that melts and lubricates the meat. They were seared on the griddle to perfection: a nice surface crust, and perfect medium rare inside.

This is our third attempt at a bean mash. Yes, it’s another “pork and bean” night! Neither of the earlier versions were great. In fact, barely edible. This Serious Eats recipe is pretty good. The combination of beans, greens and cheese is pretty tasty and the egg forms a rich sauce.

The bean skins get in the way of perfect texture, so we think we might need to process them in the Cuisinart rather than just mash the beans.

  • The pork chops were $10.74 or $5.37 per serve
  • A can of “store beans” was $1.00 or 50c per serve
  • Instead of heavy cream we substituted sour cream at $2.99 for the container, of which we used about 1/5 or 30c per serve
  • Green onions were 50c or 13c per serve
  •  Parmesan cost $5.75 but we used about 1/2 for this dish, or $1.43 per serve
  • We used an organic salad mix instead of just kale for $1.98 and used half, or 50c per serve
  • A pastured egg is 50c
  • Add 10c for seasoning.

Tonight’s dinner was excellent: perfect pork chop, tasty mash and greens with an egg as the crowning glory, for $8.83 per serve.

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