Dec 21: Chicken & Stuffing Sandwiches; Carrot and Cheddar Soup


We split a chicken breast across two sandwiches and topped with the stuffing from the bird.

  • The bread was Au$0.44 per serve
  • The chicken breast Au$1.25 per serve with the stuffing
  • Hummus added Au 30c per serve.

A decent sandwich for Au$1.99 (US$1.39) per serve.


As we are clearing out Foodie Philip’s mother’s home, we found some frozen carrot and cheddar soup that we defrosted, heated and enjoyed her cooking again.

This has been a long term favorite of Foodie Philip and was still very enjoyable..

Dec 20: Caesar Chicken Schnitzel Wrap; Chicken Leg and Asian Salad


Another local lunch outlet with enormous serves features a Schnitzel Wrap with Caesar salad. Schnitzel wraps seem to be an Australian thing, but they  are a) enormous, and b) delicious for Au$12.90 (US$9.07) per serve.


Tonight we had the chicken and Asian salad we planned for last night.

  • The Chicken was Au$9.9o and we each had ¼ or Au$2.50 (US$6.96) per serve
  • The Asian salad kit was Au$3.99 or Au$1.00 (US$0.70)

The Asian Salad was quite good. A simple and decent meal for Au$3.50 (US$2.46) per serve.


Dec 19: Ham & Cheese Omlette; Yeros


Stillmon the aircraft we each had a Ham and Cheese Omlette, which was quite decent considering the circumstances.


By the time we arrived at our final destination and were able to get food it was mid afternoon. We returned to a local Yeros vendor and enjoyed an enormous Yeros with Cheese, salad and garlic sauce for Au$8.95 or US$6.29 per serve.

Although we had purchased food for dinner, neither of us was hungry after the enormous Yeros.

Dec 18: Sweet & Spicy Tuna; Airline Food


We took a sweet & spicy tuna pouch and turned it into a toasted sandwich.

  • 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 sandwich for $3.16 per serve.


For dinner the Foodies were on an aircraft to Australia. We each had the beef risotto with some sad green beans, which was decent for Airline food.

Dec 17: Beef Massaman Rolls; Tom Kha Moo


For lunch we finished some par baked panini rolls and stuffed the remaining beef massaman into them. They were great.

  • The roll is 63c per serve
  • One serve of the beef is $4.42, or $2.21 per serve.

They were great for $2.74 per serve.


Clean out the refrigerator before traveling trumps meatless Monday so we finished the Tom Kha Moo for $4.16 per serve.

Dec 16: Bahn Mi; Beef Chuck Massaman Curry with Brown Rice


For lunch we decided on our favorite sandwich: a bahn mi for $8.95 including tax and tip.


We were delighted to get a chuck roast in our Keller Crafted meat box and decided to do a pot roast, but with Massaman flavors. We served ¾ of the pot roast with curry liquid and rice tonight, and kept the rest of the meat for sandwiches.

  • The beef was $17.68 but we’ll get four serves, or $4.42 per serve
  • The curry is $3.38 per can or $1.69 per serve
  • Coconut milk is $1.69 per can or 85c per serve
  • Peanuts were $2.99 but we only used half, or 75c per serve
  • Peal onion adds 20c per serve
  • Add 33c for brown rice.

The curry was very good, and the beef incredibly tender. A really good meal for $8.42 per serve.

Dec 15: Chicken, Tomato & Swiss; Tom Kah Moo


A pair of chicken, tomato and Swiss toasted sandwiches.

  • Sprouted rye bread is 32c per serve
  • Sliced chicken breast is $7.99 for 8 oz and we had 2 oz each or $2.00 per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 40c for butter and garlic spread.

A serviceable sandwich for $3.06 per serve.


A return to another favorite: the pork version of Tom Kha Gai (chicken), Tom Kha Moo. The recipe makes four serves.

  • The ground pork came from our Keller Crafted meat delivery – 1 lb of ground pork cost $8.99 or $2.25 per serve
  • A can of coconut milk is $1.49 or 38c per serve
  • Two packs of mushrooms were 89c each, or 45c  per serve
  • Chicken broth is $2.49 or 63c per serve
  • Lemon grass was 12c or 3c per serve
  • Limes were 49c or 12c per serve
  • Add 5c per serve for the pepper on top
  • Add 25c for seasonings.

Dinner tonight might not look pretty but it tasted good for $4.16 per serve.

Dec 14: Steak & Stout Pie; Kegeree


A gray day is always perfect pie weather so today we had Trader Joe’s Steak and Stout pies for $3.25 per serve.


Although traditionally breakfast food, Kedgeree has been a favorite evening meal with us for a long time. The meal makes two very generous serves, or three with a bit more rice!

  • The smoked cod was $7.49  or $3.75 per serve
  • Four slices of bacon are $2.74 or $1.37 per serve
  • Tomatoes cost 86c or 43c per serve
  • Add 50c for milk, onion, curry powder and seasonings
  • Pastured eggs are 50c per serve
  • Add 33c for brown rice per serve.

Not quite standard as we had no curry powder and substituted garam marsala, but still delicious for $6.88 per serve.

Dec 13: Tuna & Swiss, Chicken Breast, Sun Dried Tomato and Swiss; Thin Cut Pork Chops with Apple Bacon Slaw


Back to our regular round of toasted sandwiches. Today a Sweet and Spicy Tuna pouch with capers and Swiss, along with a chicken breast, sun dried tomato and Swiss. Both were good.

  • Sprouted rye bread is 32c per serve
  • The tuna was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Sliced chicken breast is $7.99 for 8 oz and we shared 2 oz or $1.00 per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 50c for butter, garlic spread and capers.

A pair of quite decent toasted sandwiches for $3.06 per serve.


We had two “thin cut” pork chops in last month’s meat box, which really aren’t that thin. We did them in a frying pan indoors (because of the weather) and served with Apple Bacon Slaw using endive instead of cabbage.

  • The pork chops were $10.85 or $5.43 per serve
  • Four slices of bacon are $2.74 or $1.37 per serve
  • The cruciferous crunch was $2.69 or $1.34 per serve
  • The Envy apple was $1.29 or 65c per serve
  • Add 30c for apple cider vinegar and seasoning.

For $9.09 per serve we got perfectly cooked, tender and flavorsome pork chops, with a nearly perfect salad that balances salty, sweet and sour, with a hint of smokiness from the bacon.

Dec 12: Par Baked Roll Stuffed with Braised Lamb Shank; Dutch Mustard Soup


We repeated yesterday’s lunch of reheated lamb shank a in a panini roll finished in the oven and smeared it with Trader Joe’s new Blue Cheese Mustard.

  • Panini roll is 63c
  • Half of a serve of lamb divided between two  is $2.40 per serve
  • Add 40c for the mustard.

A great lunch for $3.43 per serve.


Cooler weather is an opportunity for soups, and one of our favorite soups is Dutch Mustard Soup, which is just onion, leak, cream and mustard, but totally delicious.

  • Bacon is $4.99 and we used 3 rashers, or 83c per serve
  • Yellow onions were $2.79 for 2 lb, or 23c per serve
  • The leeks were $2.99 and we used half or 75c per serve
  • Add 10c for butter
  • Garlic adds 5c per serve
  • Heavy cream adds 50c per serve
  • Mustard adds 25c per serve
  • Add 20c for the remaining seasoning.

This is a simple but great soup for $2.91 per serve, with a little left over.