Jan 7: Hebrew Temptation; NY Strip Steak, Béarnaise Sauce with Roasted Cauliflower


Today we had some prebaked Hebrew Temptation, otherwise known as Smokey Cheese and Pumpkin Slice. I told the story of how it became known as Hebrew Temptation earlier and the recipe is there too. It makes four generous serves.

  • The bacon was $6.99 for 12 slices, and we used five, or 73c per serve
  • Five pastured eggs at 48c each is $2.40 or 60c per serve
  • A small bag of organic flour is $2.69 and we used about 1/3 or 23c per serve
  • A Butternut Squash was $2.99 and we used half, or about 75c per serve
  • The Smoked Gouda was $2.99 or 75c per serve.
  • An onion adds 8c per serve.

While it might seem odd to have cake for lunch, because this is indeed a savory cake, it is great cold and was a fulfilling lunch for $3.14 per serve.


Tonight we were testing a NY Strip Steak from Aldi that was organic but not dry aged. It would be interesting to compare so we sous vide the Steak and finished with a sear in a hot pan, to treat it as close as we can to our previous supplier.

Served with a simple Asian Inspired Roast Cauliflower it was a pretty good meal.

  • Two Strip Steaks in a single pack were $16.29, and shared one for $4.07 per serve
  • The Cauliflower was $1.35, or 68c per serve
  • Add 30c for other ingredients on the Cauliflower
  • The Béarnaise sauce was $3.29 and we used about ⅓, or 55c per serve.

By way of comparison, each serve of this steak was 6oz for $4.07 per serve, while the dry aged NY Strip from Keller Crafted is a 5oz serve for $10.09 per serve! The Keller Crafted meat was definitely more tender, but these had all the flavor you’d expect, and were not tough. The Cauliflower turned out to be very tasty and a good companion to the Steak. Definitely a good meal for $5.60 per serve.

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