Nov 7: Frittata; Pizza


For lunch we took the remaining sweet potato from the brisket of a couple of nights ago, and used that as the base for a frittata.

  • Sweet potato has already been accounted for
  • Pastured Eggs are 50c each or $1.25 per serve.

A great lunch for $1.25 per serve.


The evening was taken up with our local Property Owners’ Association meeting and pizza was provided by our local property development company!

Nov 6: Chicken Tikka Samosas; Pork Chop with Apple Bacon Slaw


Since we really wanted to put on the oven, we chose some Chicken Tikka Samosas from Trader Joe’s for $3.99 or $2.00 per serve.


Thin cut pork chops with apple bacon slaw is becoming a cliche, although tonight’s slaw was based on a “cruciferous crunch” mix with the apple and bacon. The salad made four serves.

  • The pork chops were $11.24 for 12oz or $5.62 per serve
  • Four slices of bacon are $2.74 or 68c per serve
  • The cruciferous crunch was $2.29 or 57c per serve
  • The Envy apple was 69c or 18c per serve
  • Add 20c for apple cider vinegar and seasoning.

Dinner tonight was a great meal for $7.25 per serve. The pork chop was perfectly medium rare, and the salad had a great balance of acid, crunch, sweetness, salt and fat!

Nov 5: Steak Sandwich; Thai Vegetable Gyoza in Miso Ginger Broth with Egg


Foodie Philip was back in Burbank getting the car serviced and picked up a decent steak sandwich at a nearby shack. The use of yellow mustard with a basic lettuce and tomato salad on the roll was surprisingly good. Not a bad sandwich for $7.99 per serve.


Back to our standby quick and easy meal: Vegetable Gyoza in Ginger Miso Broth, which is also meat free!

  • 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.

Nov 4: Bahn Mi; Tom Kah Moo


Because we were nearby we decided on Bahn Mi for lunch. Oddly today’s Bahn Mi featured shrimp, but it was good anyway for $8.75 per serve.


We had cubed pork shoulder from our Keller Crafted delivery and Greg decided to make ` – the pork version of Tom Kha Gai (chicken). The recipe makes least four serves.

  • The pork came from our Prather Ranch meat delivery – 1 lb of cubed pork cost $8.99 or $4.50 per serve
  • A can of coconut milk is $1.49 or 75c per serve
  • Bella mushrooms were $1.99  per serve
  • Chicken bone broth is $5.49 or $2.75 per serve
  • Lemon grass was 15c or 8c per serve
  • Add 45c for seasonings.

Dinner tonight might not look pretty but it tasted good for $10.52 per serve.

Nov 3: Egg Salad & Sprout Roll; Rib Eye Steak with Oz Style “Cobb Salad”


Because we like it, we had the egg salad and sprouts in a panini roll again..

  • The panini roll is 63c per serve
  • The egg salad is $3.69 for 10 oz and we used 2 oz per serve, or 92c per serve
  • The nanoshoots cost $2.50 and we shared about ¼ or 31c per serve.

We enjoyed this roll a lot for $1.86 per serve.


With a new month’s meat box available, and the last night of daylight saving where we can grill in the light, we decided on a rib eye steak with an Oz style interpretation of a Cobb salad, that is replicating the Australian-style hamburger.

  • At 10 oz the rib eye is a little smaller than previously (12 oz) but $8.10 per serve
  • A pastured egg is 50c
  • The cheddar with caramelized onion was $5.48, and we used about 1/3 or 91c per serve
  • Black Forest uncured bacon was $5.49 and we used half, or $1.38 per serve
  • Beets in vinaigrette were $1.69 and we used 1/3, or 28c per serve
  • The grape tomatoes are $2.00 and we used about half, or 50c per serve
  • Add 30c for spinach and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

The rib eye was perfectly cooked and worked well in the salad. The highlight was the beets, but overall a great meal for $11.97 per serve

Nov 2: Sweet & Spicy Tuna, Chicken Breast & Swiss; Radicchio Salad with Green Olives, Parmesan and Smoked Trout


Another shared tuna pouch with Swiss, along with sliced chicken breast and Swiss.

  • The tuna was $1.00 per serve
  • Sprouted Rye bread is 32c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Sliced peppered chicken breast is $7.99 for 8 oz and we shared 2 oz or $1.00 per serve
  • Add 50c for butter, garlic spread and capers.

A pretty standard lunch for us for $3.16 per serve.


A new recipe for us: Radicchio Salad with Green Olives & Parmesan. The recipe calls for sardines, but we chose to drape canned smoked trout instead.

  • The smoked trout is $3.49 per can/serve
  • The radicchio was $3.27 or $1.63 per serve
  • The jar of green olives is $4.49 and we used about half, or $1.13 per serve
  • Shaved parmesan comes in a $5.49 pack, and we used 1/4 or 46c per serve,
  • Add 30c for the Balsamic reduction.

An interesting – and tasty -salad, as long as you like the bitterness of the radicchio, which was somewhat offset by the balsamic, for $7.01 per serve.


Nov 1: Sweet & Spicy Tuna with Swiss & Capers; Lamb Loin Chop with Grilled Asparagus and Yellow Curry Chopped Salad


Foodie Philip was late home so he had a Sweet and Spicy Tuna with Swiss and Capers toasted for lunch.

  • The tuna was $2.00 per serve
  • Sprouted Rye bread is 32c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 50c for butter, garlic spread and capers.

A good, quick sandwich for $3.16 per serve.


Thursday night is grill night and what better than to start by grilling some great, thick* asparagus and some lamb loin chops. We served with the remaining Yellow Curry chopped salad.

*Despite popular misconception thick asparagus is more tender than thin.

  • The lamb was $12.87 or $6.44 per serve
  • The asparagus was $1.64 and we served 80% or 66c per serve
  • The Yellow Curry chopped salad is $1.00 per serve.

A good meal as we really enjoy lamb loin chops, for $8.10 per serve.

October 2018: Summary & Observations

While we spent most of the month at home, we took a side trip to the Colorado Film School to show off some of our software, and took a couple of days in Keystone while we were in Colorado.

We had a lot of good food this month, but the best of what we had, we prepared at home. We ate out for almost all the Colorado trip, without the food being particularly outstanding, even the quite expensive Snake River Saloon. The best meal was BBQ at Jim & Nick’s.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.25 ($2.62 in September)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $10.70 ($12.99)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $5.76 ($5.08)
  • Dinner eaten out: $221.99 ($22.39).

Our lunches at home average in a fairly narrow band and this month is only a few cents per serve down from last month. Lunches prepared outside the home are also lower.

Our most expensive meal was at the Snake River Saloon at $40.90 per serve, for what was good, but not outstanding meals.

Our most expensive at home meal was the dry aged rib eye with endive and roquamole at $11.14 per serve. This month’s meals at home are right on our long term averages.

Lunches at home cost 21% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home, while dinners at home cost 23% the average of dinner out this month.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $331.70 per person in October. We actually spent $40.45 for lunches at home plus $139.14 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $179.59 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $681.69 per person. We actually spent $138.59 for dinners at home and $87.94 for dinners out: $226.53  in total.

We saved $607.27 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 18 different recipes for evening meals.

Oct 31: Bone Broth with Brisket Roll; Caramelized Pork Bowl with Butter Rice and Cucumber


After a breakfast hosted by our local land developer we had a simplified lunch of bone broth with a par baked roll that had a little of the brisket in it.

  • The brisket is about $1.00 per serve
  • The roll is 63c
  • The bone broth was $2.99 or $1.50 per serve.

The bone broth needed seasoning, but not a bad lunch for $3.13 per serve.


Dinner was a complete repeat of last night, except the bean sprouts went one day past their use by, and died! We substituted cucumber for a fresh bite.

The meal is $3.67 per serve and quite enjoyable.