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
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.
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.
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.
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.