Dec 1: Bahn Mi; Turmeric-Coconut Curry with Pork and Brown Rice


We’d been craving a Bahn Mi all week, so we finally got it today for $8.95 per serve with tax & tip.


Tonight’s dinner made three very generous serves of the Turmeric Coconut Curry with Pork. The third was eaten as a snack! We added bean sprouts for a wet crunch

  • The pork came from our Prather Ranch meat delivery – 1 lb of ground pork cost $8.31 or $$2.77 per serve
  • Add 45c for onion, ginger and turmeric’
  • Coconut milk was $1.89 or 63c per serve
  • Almond flakes were $2.49 but we used only 1/5 or 17c per serve
  • Brown rice is 33c per serve
  • Bean sprouts were $1.49 but we used only 1/3 or 25c per serve.

Dinner tonight had a good level of heat offset by the coconut. The bok choy provided a nice textural alternative to the pork and rice. A decent meal for $4.60 per serve

November 2018: Summary and Observations

While we spent most of the month at home, there was a weekend away for a conference in Cupertino, CA.

We had a lot of good food this month, including some excellent Hunanese style Chinese food at Sizzling Gourmet in Cupertino.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.71 ($2.25 in October)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $11.62 ($10.70)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $6.63 ($5.76)
  • Dinner eaten out: $22.13 ($21.99).

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

Our most expensive meal was at Cafe Torre in Cupertino at $34.34 per serve for good, but not great, Italian.

Our most expensive at home meal was our Australian Style Cobb Salad with the the dry aged rib eye  at $11.97 per serve. This month’s meals at home are slightly over our long term averages.

Lunches at home cost 23% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home, while dinners at home cost 30% the average of dinner out this month.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $348.60 per person in November. We actually spent $48.83 for lunches at home plus $127.84 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $176.67 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $663.90 per person. We actually spent $145.82 for dinners at home and $132.79 for dinners out: $278.61  in total.

We saved $557.22 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.

Nov 30: Popeyes Fried Chicken; Sussex Smokey


Since Foodie Philip was near a Popeyes, it was time for fried chicken with red beans and rice for lunch.

  • 9 Pieces of chicken were $8.99 on a new special, or $2.19 per serve with tax
  • Red beans were $3.99 or $2.19 with tax.

An enjoyable lunch for $4.38 per serve.


Another Friday, another fish recipe and this time we returned to our  version of a Sussex Smokey. I simple dish largely consisting of leeks, smoked fish (haddock in the recipe, smoked trout in our version), and a roux with some seasoning.

  • The smoked trout was $7.49 or $3.75 per serve
  • Heavy cream is $3.49 but we used ⅛ or 22c per serve
  • The leeks were $2.99 or $1.50 per serve
  • A pint of organic Half and Half is $1.99 and we used ½ or 50c per serve
  • Add 40c for breadcrumbs
  • Add 30c for butter
  • Add 30c for seasoning
  • Sugar snap peas were $4.99 and we shared ⅓, or 83c per serve .

A very enjoyable meal for $7.80 per serve.

Nov 29: Tuna & Swiss, Chicken Breast & Swiss; Massaman Beef Pot Roast


For lunch we share two toasted sandwiches: Sweet & Spicy Tuna with Swiss Cheese and capers, and Sliced Chicken Breast with 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.


We had a chuck roast in our Keller Crafted meat box and decided to do a pot roast, but with Massaman flavors. We served half 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.

Nov 28: Chicken & Wild Rice Soup; Pizza


On a cool day a hot, warming soup hits the spot, so we each had a pack of Chicken and Wild Rice soup with a slice of “fry bread.”

  • The soup is $2.49 per serve
  • The bread is 16c per serve
  • Add 20c for butter.

A warming and tasty soup for $2.85 per serve.


Tonight was our user group night, where everyone contributes $10.00 toward the cost of pizza.