Nov 24: Prosciutto, Smokey Cheddar & Semi-dried Cherry Tomato Sandwiches; Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup

Lunch

A colder day suggested toasted sandwiches, & with “leftover” Prosciutto, we decided on a “Ham,” Cheese & Tomato Toasted Sandwich each.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • The Prosciutto was $4.99 and we shared about 30% or $1.50 per serve
  • Smokey Cheddar was $2.69 for 10 slices, or 54c per serve
  • The slightly dried Tomato add 37c per serve.

The Prosciutto wasn’t as fabulous in this application as we expected, but still a decent sandwich for $3.15 per serve.

Dinner

A new version of Pumpkin Soup with a Japanese twist: Roasted Kabocha Squash. We got three serves from this recipe.

  • The Kabocha Squash was $2.47 and we used about half, or 42c per serve
  • The Broth was $1.99 or 67c per serve
  • An Onion adds 10c per serve
  • A Carrot adds 10c per serve
  • Heavy Cream is $1.79 but we used under half, or 30c per serve.

While it was tasty, it lacked “zest” so we added some pepper. An enjoyable, but unexciting, soup for $1.59 per serve.

Nov 22: Smoked Salmon Bagel; Cuban Roast Pork with Black Beans and Plantain Chips

Lunch

We used the remaining Smoked Salmon on a Brioche Bagel.

  • The Brioche Bagel is 58c
  • The Smoked Salmon was $1.38 per serve
  • Add 20c for Neufchatel
  • Add 20c for Shallot and Capers
  • Add 30c for Tomatoes
  • Add 30c for Sprouts.

An indulgent and tasty sandwich for $2.96 per serve.

Dinner

Since we haven’t had a Boston Butt in our meat box for a while, we’ve not been able to cook Cuban-Style Roast Pork with Mojo Sauce. We did tonight and served with homemade Black Beans and Plantain Chips.

  • The Pork Butt was around $18.50 or $4.62 per serve
  • Navel Oranges were $3.83 or 96c per serve
  • Limes were $2.45 or 62c per serve
  • Black Beans were $2.45 and we shared ¼, or 15c per serve
  • Add 40c for other ingredients for the Beans
  • Plantain Chips were $1.70 and we used half, or 85c per serve.

The Pork was excellent – again – and the new Black Beans recipe was basically a fresh version of canned Beans. A great meal for $7.60 per serve.

Nov 21: Caesar Salad with White Anchovy; Saltimbocca with Buttered Spinach and Gnocchi in Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce

Lunch

Something different for lunch while our virtual conference continues.

  • The Caesar Salad kit was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • The Anchovies were $3.19 or $1.60 per serve.

Foodie Greg wasn’t fond of these particular Anchovies, but otherwise a nice meal for $2.60 per serve.

Dinner

With a backup of Pork Cutlets, we decided to repeat our Saltimbocca with Buttered Spinach, but this time pair with Potato Gnocchi and Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce.

  • At 1.1 lb it was a very generous serve of pork cutlets costing $13.99 or $7.00 per serve
  • The Prosciutto was $4.99 and we used about 70% or $1.75 per serve
  • Alfred Sauce was $1.69 or 85c per serve
  • The Gnocchi was $1.79 or 90c per serve
  • Spinach was $1.45 or 72c per serve
  • Add 30c for Butter.

This is definitely the best way to prepare the Pork Cutlets. Very tasty for $11.52 per serve.

Nov 20: Pho; Smoked Salmon Pizza

Lunch

Continuing our ‘conference week’ of meals out, we ordered Pho from Pho Saigon 1. Since our choice includes rare Beef we were unsure how it would travel. Would the meat be cooked instead of beautifully rare?

To their credit, Pho Saigon 1 pack the Pho as a “do it yourself” kit. Broth in one container, Noodles etc in another, and the Beef, Sprouts and Chili in another. While an ecological disaster, it meant that the dish was every bit as good as it would have been eating in. A very decent meal for $13.40 per serve with tax and tip.

Dinner

Although not quite four weeks since our last Smoked Salmon Pizza, Pizza is one of those foods you might eat while traveling to a conference.

  • Sockeye Smoke Salmon Pieces are $5.49 and we use about 2/3, or $1.83 per serve
  • The Pizza Dough was $1.29, or 65c per serve
  • We used semi dried Cherry Tomatoes for 60c per serve
  • About two ounces of Neufchatel went on each Pizza, or 25c per serve
  • Add 30c for Capers and Shallot.

This time we got the Pizza crust cooked perfectly and had a most enjoyable pizza for $3.63 per serve.

Nov 19: Afghani Pita Pockets; Gus’s BBQ

Lunch

We’re still going our ‘conference week, eat take out’ kick, and lunch today were Pita Pockets from Skewers Halaal. Foodie Greg had Falafel while Foodie Philip had the Chapli. Two great meals for $10.30 per serve with tax and tip.

Dinner

It was Gus’s BBQ on rotation this week, although having noted the punctuation I may not be able to go again!

We got the same Fried Chicken with Two Meats Sampler for $35.41 or $17.71 per serve.

Gus’s redeemed themselves this time and the Chicken was perfectly tender and the sides excellent.

Nov 17: Apple & Cheddar; White Chili with Ground Pork

Lunch

A return to a favorite: Apple & Smokey Cheddar Sandwiches, because today we were parked in! Our plans to buy take-out are being seriously derailed.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • The Apple was 79c or 20c per serve
  • Smokey Cheddar was $2.69 for 10 slices, or 54c per serve
  • Add 30c for Mustard.

As always a nice balance between the Smokey Cheddar and the sharpness of the Apple, balanced with the Mustard. A favorite sandwich for $1.78 per serve.

Dinner

For simplicity we finished the White Chili with Ground Pork from last week for $4.07 per serve.

Nov 16: BLTA on Brioche Bagel; Quesadilla Heuvos Rancheros

Lunch

Our plan to up our take-out consumption during this “at home” conference week. We would be in Cupertino for this conference, eating out at lunch and dinner, so while the conference is virtual, we decided the eating should be as close as possible. Except most of our planned restaurants are closed on a Monday! So we improvised with a Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Avocado on a Brioche Bagel.

  • The Brioche Bagel is 58c per serve
  • Bacon was $4.99 and we used four of 10 slices, or $1.00 per serve
  • Half a 49c Avocado is 25c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we used one, or 70c per serve
  • Add 30c for Butter Lettuce.

A great substitute for take out, although we felt the Avocado did not add anything to the sandwich, but otherwise great for $2.83 per serve.

Dinner

For tonight’s Meatless Monday we did a vegetarian Quesadilla Heuvos Rancheros.

  • The Tortillas were six for $1.99 and we shared two, or 33c per serve
  • Half a can of refried beans, shared across two halves is 26c per serve
  • We used two slices of Swiss per serve, or 68c per serve
  • Two Pastured Eggs add 84c per serve
  • Add 50c for Salsa.

The Roasted Tomato Salsa really lifts this to something quite tasty for $2.61 per serve.

Nov 15: Chinese Fried Rice; Rack of Lamb with Eggplant, Mint & Pomegranate Salad

Lunch

Foodie Greg took the remaining BBQ Pork, Broccoli and most of the Rice and created a very flavorsome Fried Rice for $5.20 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we took one of our half Rack of Lamb and sous vide it before searing off the fat side.

  • The Rack of Lamb was $22.13, but we cooked only half, or $5.53 per serve
  • Mint was from our garden
  • Eggplant was $1.39 or 70c per serve
  • The French (Valbreso) Feta was $10.99 but we used 1/6 or 92c per serve
  • Pomegranates came from a neighbor’s tree
  • Add 30c for dressing ingredients.

The Australian Lamb was perfectly cooked and the Eggplant, Feta and Pomegranate Salad is the perfect balance, for $7.45 per serve.

Nov 14: BBQ Pork, Roast Pork and Broccoli; Ham and Coleslaw Sandwich

Lunch

We were reasonably close to Sam Woo’s Chinese BBQ so we picked up a serve of Roast Pork, BBQ and Stir-fried Chinese Broccoli. We ate about ¾ of the $41.60 meal, or $15.60 per serve.

Dinner

After such a big lunch the Foodies opted for a simple Ham and Coleslaw Sandwich for dinner.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • The Coleslaw is 56c per serve
  • Black Forest Ham is $3.29 per pack, or 66c per serve.

Not too shabby for $1.96 per serve.