Mar 6: Egg in a Bagel with Ham & Tomato; Sous Vide Duck Breast with Black Lentils and Orange Sauce

Lunch

We increased the size of the hole in our Brioche Bagels, and filled with an Egg. Topped with Slice Ham & Kumato for a scrumptious lunch.

  • The Bagel is 58c per serve
  • Medium Pastured Eggs are 33c each or 66c per serve
  • Black Forest Ham is $3.29 per pack, or 66c per serve
  • Kumato adds 30c per serve.

The Medium Egg is a perfect fit and great value. Today’s lunch was $2.20 per serve.

Dinner

Once again we Sous Vide our Duck Breasts, this time in an Orange and Garlic marinade, which we used as the foundation of the sauce.

  • The Duck was $16.84 or $8.42
  • Oranges were free thanks to a gift from a friend
  • The Steamed Lentils were $3.29, or 83c per serve (also reheated in the Sous Vide machine)
  • We shared a $1.29 Grapefruit for 65c per serve
  • Toasted Almonds add 28c per serve
  • Add 35c for the Greens in the Salad
  • Add 30c for Butter and other Sauce Ingredients.

One of the more expensive meals of recent times, but very, very good. The Orange Sauce was mixed into the Lentils, which soaked it up to great effect. An excellent meal for $10.83 per serve.

Mar 5: Brioche Bagel, Neufchatel & Semi-dried Tomato; Barramundi with Coleslaw and Halloumi Fries

Lunch

We topped a Bagel with Neufchatel and Semi-dried Tomatoes.

  • The Brioche Bagel is 58c
  • The Neufchatel ads 20c per serve
  • The sun dried tomatoes were $5.99 and we shared about 1/6 or 25c per serve.

A pretty tasty bite for $1.03 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight’s Fishy Friday was Grilled Barramundi with Coleslaw and Halloumi Fries. We were very curious about the Halloumi Fries, but it turns out they are just sticks of Halloumi! Color us skeptical at this point.

  • The Barramundi was on special for $7.99 or $4.00 per serve
  • The Coleslaw Mix was $1.99 and we used half, or 50c per serve
  • We made our own Dressing from Mayonnaise and Apple Cider Vinegar for 40c per serve
  • The Halloumi Fries were $3.29 or $1.65 per serve.

The Halloumi Fries worked really well, to our surprise. Overall, a very good meal for $6.65 per serve.

Mar 4: Fried Scallops, Fries & Coleslaw; Kobode Kebab with Rice and Vegetables

Lunch

A rearranged schedule from our regular Thursday had both Foodies on the weekly shopping trip to Aldi, with a side pickup of Fried Scallops, Fries & Coleslaw from Mr Fish & Chips for $5.19 per serve with tax and tip.

Dinner

In a rare double-take-out day tonight was our night to collect Kobode Kebab, exceptionally good Rice and Vegetables off a Kebab skewer, from Skewers Halaal for $14.22 per serve, with tax and tip. This is the only take-out meal we don’t modify in some way.

Mar 2: Sun-dried Tomato & Neufchatel on a Brioche Bagel; Bryani and Scallops

Lunch

A quick toasted Bagel topped with Neufchatel & Sun-dried Tomato.

  • The Brioche Bagel is 58c
  • The Neufchatel ads 20c per serve
  • The sun dried tomatoes were $5.99 and we shared about 1/6 or 25c per serve.

A pretty tasty bite for $1.03 per serve.

Dinner

The Foodies were helping a friend with some furniture moving, and she generously provided Bryani and Fried Scallops that was very tasty.

Mar 1: Soba Miso Soup; Asparagus Feta Frittata

Lunch

For lunch we managed to reheat a “microwave only” Soba Miso Soup for $1.99 per serve.

Dinner

We fried off the remaining Asparagus then added Eggs and Feta for a very enjoyable Frittata.

  • The Asparagus was $4.29 and we shared ⅔, or $1.43 per serve
  • Pastured Medium Eggs are 24c each, or 48c per serve
  • The French (Valbreso) Feta was $10.99 but we used 1/6 or 92c per serve.

A very good Meatless Monday for $2.83 per serve.

February 2021: Summary and Observations

We continue to see about a 20% saving in overall evening meal costs, since dropping the Keller Crafted meat box, without appreciable drop in quality of meat.

This month we did seven take out lunches and two take out dinners: Japanese Bento Box, and The Country Deli Skirt Steak Dinner, both of which we augmented.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.68 ($2.30 in January)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $8.10 ($8.67)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $4.87 ($4.56)
  • Dinner prepared in a restaurant $18.55 ($17..20)

The variation is small, but as noted above, about 20% down because we are buying meat primarily at Aldi and Whole Foods instead.

Our most expensive meal of the month was the Bento Box and Ahi Tuna at $20.44 per serve.

This month, lunches at home cost 33% of the cost of eating lunches prepared outside the home. Our evening meals prepared in the home are 26% of the cost take-out meals.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $226.80 per person in February. We actually spent $56.20 for lunches at home plus $58.67 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $114.87 in total.

If every evening meal cost us the same as our one this month, it would be $519.40 We actually spent $126.53 for dinners at home and $37.09 for dinners out, or $163.62 in total.

We saved about $465 by mostly eating at home, and we have a lot more control over what we eat.

Feb 28: Kedgeree with Garlic Naan; Rack of Lamb with Baked Sweet Potato

Lunch

We reheated the remaining Kedgeree and served with a Garlic Naan.

  • The Garlic Naan is $1.00 per serve
  • The Kedgeree adds $1.25 as we didn’t have any Cod left!

A filling and tasty lunch for $2.25 per serve.

Dinner

It was once again time for sous vide Rack of Lamb, served with what we thought was a Japanese Sweet Potato, but turned out to be something else!

  • For $22.13 we got 2.25 lbs of Rack of Lamb that we split into four 9oz (approx) serves for $5.53 per serve
  • At $2.61 for over a pound of Sweet Potato, we ended up leaving some, for $1.30 per serve.
  • Add 30c for Butter and Seasoning.

The “Japanese” Sweet Potato was even less sweet than expected, and took the Everything Bagel seasoning well. A good meal for $7.13 per serve.

Feb 27: Bahn Mi; Quick Moussaka with Salad

Lunch

Coincidentally it was again in high winds that we ventured out to pick up an enormous Bahn Mi each from Pho Saigon 1 for $10.76 each with tax and tip. We swear it’s getting bigger every time! We split it into lunch and a mid afternoon snack!

Dinner

A good time to return to the Quick Moussaka. We will get four serves from this recipe.

  • Ground lamb was $5.99 or $1.50 per serve
  • The Eggplant was $1.39 or 35c per serve
  • The Tomatoes were $3.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • The Ricotta was $4.99 or $1.25 per serve
  • The French (Valbreso) Feta was $10.99 but we used 1/6 or 69c per serve
  • A Pastured Egg adds 6c per serve
  • Add 50c for the remaining ingredients
  • Add 40c for the Side Salad.

This time we made the meat mixture a little wet, so it did not photograph well, despite being very tasty for $5.75 per serve.

Feb 26: Smoked Salmon Bagel; Niçoise Salad with Seared Ahi Tuna

Lunch

We repeated the Smoked Salmon Bagel again substituting Sprouts for Shallot.

  • The Brioche Bagel is 58c
  • The Smoked Salmon pieces were $1.38 per serve
  • Add 20c for Neufchatel
  • Add 40c for Sprouts and Capers
  • Add 30c for Tomatoes.

A very enjoyable sandwich for $2.86 per serve.

Dinner

We haven’t had Salad Niçoise for a long time and always with canned Tuna. It was time to reinvent it with Seared Ahi Tuna and Asparagus instead of Green Beans.

  • 12 oz Tuna was $5.19, or $2.60 per serve
  • The Asparagus was $4.29 and we shared ⅓, or 72c per serve
  • Pastured Medium Eggs are 24c each, or 48c per serve
  • Kumato adds 40c per serve
  • Fingerling Potatoes were 68c per serve
  • The olives come in a $4.49 jar, and we used 1/4, or 56c per serve
  • Add 40c for Spinach and Balsamic.

The seared Ahi Tuna is definitely a step up from canned, although the cost is around the same! We preferred the Asparagus to Green Beans, so this was an all-round winner for $5.51 per serve.