May 16: Ham Scrambled Eggs on Toast; 13 Bean Soup

Lunch

For Lunch we chopped some of the remaining Leg Ham, added some Scrambled Eggs, and poured it all over a slice of toast.

  • Leg Ham adds 10c per serve
  • Two Pastured Eggs add 64c per serve
  • A slice of Dave’s Killer Bread is 37c per serve.

A pretty good lunch for $1.11 per serve.

Dinner

A very gray day and cool evening had us change plans to 13 Bean Soup with a stock made from our recent Ham Bone. Not exactly vegetarian.

  • The Ham Bone was free so the Stock had no cost
  • Add 25c per serve for Bay Leaf, Carrot & Onion
  • The 13 Bean Mix was $5.49 and we used half, or 69c per serve.

The Soup is filling an very tasty for 94c per serve.

May 15: Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich; Smoked Baby Back Ribs with Coleslaw and Baked Beans

Lunch

The Foodies may be a little obsessed with Skewers’ Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, with Fries, from Skewers for $8.75 per serve.

Dinner

Although not on special, Baby Back Rib sare hard to pass, so we didn’t! Smoked, then finished in the oven, we served with a tangy Coleslaw and Baked Beans.

  • The Ribs were $16.28 without discounts, or $8.14 per serve
  • The Baked Beans are 99c per serve
  • The Coleslaw and Dressing add 45c per serve.

The Ribs were perfectly tender and just falling off the bone. A really good meal for $9.58 per serve.

May 14: Shin Noodles; Rainbow Trout in Crazy Water

Lunch

A gray old day made hot noodles an attractive proposition. We poured off the overly spicy broth, and finished with a pat of Butter.

  • A pack of four Shin Noodle Bowl was $3.69 or 93c per serve
  • Bok Choy adds 30c
  • Add 20c per serve for butter.

We both preferred the stir-fry style finish than the soupy broth that we mostly don’t consume. So a nice meal for $1.43 per serve.

Dinner

We had a new Fishy Friday meal tonight: Rainbow Trout in Crazy Water.

  • The Heirloom Tomatoes were $5.14 or $2.57 per serve
  • The Rainbow Trout was $9.37 for four pieces, or $2.34 per serve
  • Add 30c for other ingredients
  • Add 63c for the hot Panini Roll.

The Rainbow Trout, and the overall dish, was okay, but we won’t repeat this dish. We will return to the Rainbow Trout with another preparation. An okay meal for $5.84 per serve.

May 13: Delice de Bourgogne, Leg Ham & Onion Sprouts on a Brioche Bagel; Japanese Bento Box with Ahi Tuna Tataki

Lunch

Back in Australia we would regularly visit George’s Gourmet Kitchen and buy a Hame, Camembert and Snow Pea Shoots. Our reproduction is on a Brioche Bagel, substitutes Delice de Bourgogne for the Camembert and Onion Sprouts instead of Snow Pea Shoots.

  • The Brioche Bagel is 58c
  • Leg Ham adds 10c per serve
  • Sprouts add 30c per serve
  • The Delice de Bourgogne was $5.38 and we shared ½, or $1.35 per serve.

So very, very good for $2.33 per serve.

Dinner

Although our schedule would have this as a Country Deli Steak Dinner night, we changed up the schedule and had the Japanese Bento Box that we augmented at home with a generous serve of Ahi Tuna Tataki.

  • 12 oz Tuna was $5.19, or $2.60 per serve
  • The Bento Box was $18.33 with tax and tip.

The Bento Box is a good meal, but hacked with the addition of 6oz of Ahi Tuna Tataki makes it feel very luxurious for $20.93 per serve.

May 12: Smokey Tuna & Capers, Ham, Smokey Cheddar & Ketchup; Ham “Cobb” Salad

Lunch

As well as a Smokey Tuna, Capers & Shallot sandwich, we created a Deli Ham, Smokey Cheddar and Ketchup sandwich, riffing on Ham, Cheese & Tomato.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • The Smokey Cheddar is 34c per serve
  • The Smokey Tuna is 50c per serve
  • Black Forest Ham is $3.29 per pack, or 33c per serve
  • Garlic Spread adds 40c per serve.

The Ham, Cheese & Ketchup triggered a culinary memory for the Foodies, of cheap Devon (processed meat), Cheddar Slices and Ketchup. It wasn’t terrible, but we won’t be repeating it! An okay lunch for $2.31 per serve.

Dinner

The Foodies made a last minute change to a Cobb-style Salad featuring Leg Ham as it’s primary protein.

  • We shared a serve of Ham for 10c per serve
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles add 44c per serve
  • Pastured Eggs are 38c per serve
  • Lettuce adds 35c per serve
  • Avocados were 49c or 25c per serve
  • We used semi-dried Cherry Tomatoes for 60c per serve
  • Add 40c for Olive Oil and Balsamic Glaze.

This is a good variation on a Cobb Salad for $2.52 per serve.

May 11: Delice de Bourgogne, Leg Ham & Onion Sprouts on a Brioche Bagel; Eloté

Lunch

Back in Australia we would regularly visit George’s Gourmet Kitchen and buy a Hame, Camembert and Snow Pea Shoots. Our reproduction is on a Brioche Bagel, substitutes Delice de Bourgogne for the Camembert and Onion Sprouts instead of Snow Pea Shoots.

  • The Brioche Bagel is 58c
  • Leg Ham adds 10c per serve
  • Sprouts add 30c per serve
  • The Delice de Bourgogne was $5.38 and we shared ½, or $1.35 per serve.

An exceptionally tasty lunch for $2.33 per serve.

Dinner

Foodie Greg had planned something completely different for tonight’s dinner, but while shopping for Cotija (on special) he discovered some very fresh Corn at Whole Foods, so we changed plans and grilled the Corn and covered it with a Cotija mix and enjoyed.

  • The Cotija was $3.59 on special and we used about ⅓, or 60c per serve
  • The Corn was $2.25 or $1.13 per serve
  • Add 80c per serve for Mayo, Yoghurt and Chipotle sprinkle.

A super favorite of Foodie Philip, which did not disappoint, for $2.53 per serve.

May 10: Egg Salad & Watercress, Leg Ham, Smokey Cheddar & Kumato; Cauliflower Gnocchi with Alfredo Sauce and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Lunch

Two shared sandwiches: Egg Salad & Watercress, Leg Ham, Smokey Cheddar & Kumato

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Leg Ham adds 10c per serve
  • Smokey Cheddar adds 34c per serve
  • The Kumato were $3.69 for six, and we shared one, or 31c per serve
  • Egg Salad is $3.69 and we use about ¼, or 46c per serve
  • Watercress was $2.99 and we used ¼, or 38c per serve
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

Two decent sandwiches for $2.73 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight’s Meatless Monday revolves around Cauliflower Gnocchi and a jar of Rao’s Alfredo Sauce augmented with Sun-dried Tomatoes.

  • The Rao’s Alfredo Sauce was on special for $5.39 or $2.70 per serve
  • The Cauliflower Gnocchi was $2.79 or $1.40 per serve
  • Add 45c for Sun-dried Tomato.

The Alfredo Sauce was way better than the last one we had from Aldi. Overall, a very tasty and satisfying meal for $4.55 per serve.

May 9: Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich; Meaty Neapolitan Ragu with Feta Ravioli

Lunch

The Foodies needed to go our to shop, so we picked up the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, with Fries, from Skewers for $8.75 per serve.

Dinner

This Meaty Neapolitan Ragu with Feta Ravioli is very onion heavy and a new recipe for the Foodies. The recipe made eight serves.

  • The grass fed Chuck Roast was $19.10 or $2.48 per serve
  • Onions were $4.98 or 63c per serve
  • Add 60c for wine, or 8c per serve
  • Add 30c for other ingredients
  • The Ravioli was $2.99 or $1.50 per serve.

We felt the Ragu was a little too sweet from the onion and offset it a little with some Worcestershire sauce. It still ate a little sweet, so we will experiment with future meals. Still, quite tasty for $4.99 per serve.

May 8: Ham, Smokey Cheddar & Semi-dried Tomato Bagel; Sous Vide Ham with Apple Sauerkraut and Spaetzle

Lunch

A Bagel seemed like a good choice for lunch, particularly with Ham, Smokey Cheddar & semi-dried Tomatoes. Ham, Cheese & Tomato? Not original but kicked up a little.

  • The Brioche Bagel is 58c
  • Smokey Cheddar is 34c per serve
  • Black Forest Ham is $3.29 per pack, or 66c per serve
  • We used semi-dried Cherry Tomatoes for 60c per serve
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

Unsurprisingly, this made a great Bagel for $2.58 per serve.

Dinner

We set a gap between our Hams of at least four weeks, and so it was time to sous vide another Ham and serve it with the remaining Apple Sauerkraut, and some frozen Spaetzle.

  • The The Ham is only 42c per serve because it was purchase as a loss leader at 49c per pound
  • The frozen Spaetzle was $2.99 or $1.50 per serve
  • The Apple was $1.23 or 28c per serve
  • The Artisanal Kraut was $3.29 or 42c per serve
  • Add 30c for Dressing ingredients
  • Add 20c for Whole Grain Mustard.

The Ham is ridiculously cheap, but it’s hard to walk past. The Apple Sauerkraut was goody, as always, but the Spaetzle was doughy and didn’t have much flavor. Otherwise a good meal for $3.12 per serve.

May 7: Ploughman’s Lunch; Smoked Salmon Pizza

Lunch

We repeated the Crisp Bread Ploughman’s Lunch with Apple & Pickled Onion.

  • The Rye Crispbread was $3.29 for a pack of 20, or 33c per serve
  • The Irish Cheddar was $3.49 and we used about 60%, or $1.05 per serve
  • Branston Pickle was $13.31 for the jar, and we used about 1/5th, or $1.33 per serve
  • Apple adds 20c per serve
  • Pickled Onion adds 10c per serve.

A pretty decent meal for $3.01 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight it was time to return to our Smoked Salmon Pizza cooked on the grill outside, although it wasn’t warm enough to eat outside.

  • Sockeye Smoked Salmon was $6.49 or $3.25 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
  • Add 40c for dressed Greens.

Our favorite Pizza for $5.45 per serve.