Jun 22: Kumato & Cheddar, Egg Salad Sandwiches; Lamb Vindaloo with Sugar Snap Peas

Lunch

We shared two decent sandwiches. A repeat of the Kumato and Cheddar and and Egg Salad with Sprouts.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • The Old Crock cheddar was $5.45 or 68c per serve
  • The egg salad is $3.69 for 10 oz and we used 2 oz per serve, or 92c per serve
  • Add 10c for sprouts
  • Add 20c for garlic spread.

Two good, meatless, sandwiches that we shared for $2.91 per serve.

Dinner

We decided to go easy and simply reheated two Trader Joe’s Lamb Vindaloo meals and served them with Sugar Snap Peas.

  • The Lamb Vindaloo was $4.49 per serve
  • Sugar Snap Peas were $3.49 and we each had ⅛ or 44c per serve.

The Lamb Vindaloo was much better than we expected. Good spicing and flavor with very tender meat. An easy meal for $4.93 per serve.

Jun 21: Kumato & Cheddar, Sweet & Spicy Tuna with Swiss; Chowder with Asian Flavors

Lunch

Some simple sandwiches for lunch.

  • The tuna pouch was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • The Old Crock cheddar was $5.45 or 68c per serve
  • Add 20c for garlic spread.

A pair of good sandwiches for $3.23 per serve.

Dinner

This was a new recipe and new concept: Chowder with Asian Flavors. It sounded intriguing so we had to give it a try on “Fishy Friday.” We smoked the cod in our stovetop smoker before chopping and adding to the recipe just at the end. Similarly the shrimp were ‘steamed’ on top of the soup for five minutes.

We will get four serves from the soup, although we add shrimp fresh each time. We skipped the baby corn and coriander.

  • Argentinian Shrimp are $9.99 for a pack and we use about ¼ pack each, or $2.50
  • The cod fillets were six for $12.99 or $1.08 per serve
  • Russet Potatoes were 50c or 13c per serve
  • Limes were 79c or 20c per serve
  • Coconut milk was $1.29 or 32c per serve
  • Corn adds 25c per serve
  • Add 30c for the remaining ingredients.

An excellent soup for $4.33 per serve. The Argentinian Shrimp had great flavor and will be buying them again.

Jun 20: Eggs Benedict/Heuvos Rancheros; NY Strip Steak with Béarnaise Sauce and Farro Tabbouleh

Breakfast

Before leaving San Diego we had brunch with a friend. Foodie Philip had Classic Eggs Benedict with Hash Browns, while Foodie Greg had Heuvos Rancheros.

Aside from the Hash Browns being somewhat undercooked the rest of the meal was pretty good for $21.55 per serve with tax and tip.

Dinner

Thursday night is traditionally our “steak” night and tonight we grilled a NY Strip steak to perfection and accompanied it with Farro Tabbouleh.

  • The NY Strip Steak was $20.18 or $10.09 per serve
  • Béarnaise sauce was $3.29 and we used ¼ or 42c per serve
  • Persian Cucumbers were $2.29 for five, and we shared one in the tabbouleh, or 23c per serve
  • The farro was $1.79 for the pack, but we shared ⅓ or 10c per serve
  • Tomatoes were $3.49 for five but we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • Mint came from our garden.

A great steak and salad meal for $11.16 per serve.

Jun 19: Avocado & Trout; BBQ

Lunch

For lunch we shared a tin of smoked trout, an avocado and some garlic spread on two sandwiches.

  • The bread is $5.99 for 18 slides or 66c per sandwich serve
  • The avocado cost 79c and we shared one or 40c per serve
  • The smoked trout is $3.49 per can and we shared one, or $1.75 per serve
  • Add 20c for garlic spread.

A decent sandwich for $3.01 per serve.

Dinner

The Foodies were in San Diego for a product demonstration and were treated to some very good BBQ at Corbin’s Q.

Jun 18: Avocado & Trout; Creole Style Jambalaya

Lunch

Because we had an avocado that needed using we did Avocado and Smoked Trout sandwiches.

  • The bread is $5.99 for 18 slides or 66c per sandwich serve
  • The avocado cost 79c, or 40c per serve
  • The smoked trout is $3.49 per can and we shared one, or $1.75 per serve
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We both really like the new bread and this combination is pretty good for $2.79 per serve.

Dinner

For dinner we served two more of the “four serves” this recipe was supposed to make, but there are two more remaining. We finished the shrimp by steaming over the reheated rice mix.

At $5.66 per serve this is pretty good.

Jun 17: Caramelized Beef in Hot Panini Rolls; Soba and Vegetable Stir Fry

Lunch

We still had some of the Vietnamese Style Caramelized Beef so we heated a Panini Roll and stuffed the beef in and topped with Pickled Onion.

  • The roll is 63c
  • The beef is $2.11 per serve
  • Add 10c for Pickled Onion.

A very tasty lunch for $2.84 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight’s Meatless Monday was a return to the Stir-fry Vegetable and Soba Noodle kit from Trader Joes.

  • The Stir-fry Kit was $4.99 or $2.50 per serve
  • Sugar Snap Peas were $3.49 and we each had ¼, or 88c per serve.

The sauce in the Stir-fry had good flavor so it wasn’t a bad meal for $3.38 per serve.

Jun 16: Spicy Tomato Broth Over Toast with Fried Egg(s); Roast Chicken Leg with Sugar Snap Peas (Scorched and Raw) Over Burrata

Lunch

For lunch we heated the left over broth from Friday’s Mussells and spread it over toast, and topped it with a fried egg (or two for Foodie Philip).

  • Bread was 16c per serve
  • The broth has already been accounted for
  • Each egg is 51c or an average of 76c per serve.

The broth went very well with the eggs and the toast gave us a textural difference. A simple, but good lunch for 92c per serve.

Dinner

We reheated the remaining BBQ Chicken – the legs – and served with Sugar Snap peas two ways: Scorched in the Stir-fry pan and raw. They were served atop a split, and spread, Burrata.

  • The Chicken was $6.99 or $1.75 per serve
  • Sugar Snap Peas were $3.49 and we each had ¼, or 88c per serve
  • The Burrata was $3.99 or $2.00 per serve
  • Add 30c for Olive Oil.

The chicken was decent, but the scorched peas on the Burrata was the highlight. While the raw peas provided a textural difference they didn’t add much flavor. A pretty good meal for $4.93 per serve.

Jun 15: BBQ Chicken, Heirloom Tomato in a Hot Panini Roll; Creole Style Jambalaya with Shrimp

Lunch

As we still had a chicken breast and the remaining half tomato, we repeated yesterday’s lunch, but on a hot panini roll.

  • The roll is 63c
  • The Heirloom Tomato was $1.70 and we used half today, or 43c per serve
  • The Chicken was $6.99 and we shared ¼ or 88c per serve
  • Add 20c for garlic spread.

An excellent reprise of a great sandwich for $2.14 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we returned to a long time favorite: Jambalaya.

  • 1 lb of shrimp is $9.99,  or $2.50 per serve
  • Real pork andouille sausage from our local Ralph’s supermarket is $6.99 or $1.75 per serve
  • Canned fire roasted tomatoes cost $1.69 or 43c per serve
  • Bell pepper was 69c or 18c per serve
  • Scallions, onion, garlic  and herbs adds 35c per serve
  • Tomato paste adds 12c per serve
  • Rice adds 33c per serve.

Even though we dropped the chicken, this is a generous portion with good spice from the andouille, for $5.66 per serve. It’s likely we’ll get more than four serves from the base Jambalaya, without the shrimp.

Jun 14: Hot Roast Chicken & Heirloom Tomato on a Fresh Baguette; Mussels in a Spicy Tomato Broth with Toasted Baguette and Garlic ‘Mayonnaise’

Lunch

On our irregular trips to Jons we always come back with a Roast Chicken and fresh baguette. Today we also picked up a Heirloom Tomato.

  • The Baguette is $2.79 but we shared half for lunch, or 70c per serve
  • The Heirloom Tomato was $1.70 and we used half today, or 43c per serve
  • The Chicken was $6.99 and we shared ¼ or 88c per serve
  • Add 20c for garlic spread.

As always great ingredients make simple food, great food for $2.21 per serve.

Dinner

A new recipe for “Fishy Friday:” Mussels in Spicy Tomato Broth using prepackaged cooked Mussels from Ralph’s.

  • The Mussels were $2.99 or $1.50 per serve
  • Canned Fire Roasted Tomatoes we’re $3.99 or $2.00 per serve
  • Celery Hearts were $1.99, but we used ¼ of the packet or 25c per serve
  • Add 40c per serve for butter
  • Add 50c for Sherry (for Mirin), garlic and ginger
  • The rest of the Baguette was 70c per serve
  • The Garlic Spread adds 40c per serve.

This turned out really well. The broth had a deep rich, slightly Asian, flavor and the toasted Baguette with Garlic Spread was a revelation! So good. At $5.75 we’ll have this again.

Jun 13: Egg Salad, Turkey Breast & Olive Tapenade; Chipotle

Lunch

Two regular sandwiches on our new favorite bread – Dave’s Killer Bread Powerseed – one with Egg Salad and Sprouts, the other with Roast Turkey Breast and Olive Tapenade.

  • The olive tapenade was $2.99 for the jar, but we used about one quarter, or 38c per serve
  • The egg salad is $3.69 for 10 oz and we used 2 oz per serve, or 92c per serve
  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve – expensive but worth it
  • Add 20c for garlic spread.

A couple of decent sandwiches for $2.16 per serve.d

Dinner

Foodie Philip was presenting at the LAPPG group and both Foodies shared the celebratory meal sponsored by Zeiss.