Sep 25: Caesar Salad with Smoked Trout; Thai-Style Cod à la Nage

Lunch

As a change from sandwiches, we put together a Caesar Salad Kit and draped with Smoked Trout.

  • The Caesar Salad kit was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • We shared a $3.49 can of Smoked Trout, or $1.75 per serve.

This made a very acceptable lunch for $2.75 per serve.

Dinner

Our ‘Fishy Friday’ has been almost any seafood but fish! Tonight remedied that by returning to the Thai-Style Cod à la Nage served with Edamame.

  • The cod fillets were six for $12.99 or $2.17 per serve
  • Coconut milk was $1.89 or 95c per serve
  • Limes were 68c or 34c per serve
  • A Onion works out at 21c per serve
  • Add 55c per serve for fish sauce, garlic, chili, ginger and seasoning
  • Shelled edamame was $1.29 or 33c per serve.

This is a great way to give Cod the flavor it lacks natively for $4.55 per serve.

Sep 24: Lamb Rissoles in Hot Panini Roll; Hot and Sour Beef Salad

Lunch

We took the remaining Lamb Rissoles and served in a hot Panini Roll.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • A serve of the Lamb Rissoles is $3.01 or $1.50 per roll
  • Add 30c for Lettuce
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

An excellent sandwich for $2.83 per serve.

Dinner

A favorite is the Hot and Sour Beef Salad, which we always do with Top Sirloin from our Keller Crafted Meat box.

  • The Top Sirloin was $12.36 or $6.18 per serve
  • The Salad Greens mix was $1.99 but we shared half, or 50c per serve
  • Limes were 49c for two but we shared one, or 13c per serve
  • Mint was from our garden
  • Lettuce adds 60c per serve
  • Shallot adds 10c per serve
  • The Bell Pepper was 64c or 32c per serve
  • Instead of a Chili we used some Sambal Ulec, which adds 20c per serve.

An excellent meal for $7.93 per serve.

Sep 23: Egg Salad & Sprouts, Cheddar & Kumato; Seared Scallops with Chorizo and Corn

Lunch

After a break we returned to the Trader Joe’s Egg Salad as a sandwich ingredient.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Smokey Cheddar was $2.69 for 10 slices, or 54c for two slices
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we used one each, or 70c per serve
  • Egg Salad is $3.69 and we use about ¼ for each sandwich, or 46c per serve
  • Sprouts add 30c per serve
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread

Two quite good sandwiches shared for $3.35 per serve.

Dinner

Foodie Greg missed the Seared Scallops with Chorizo and Corn back in January, when we last cooked this, as he was recovering from a short illness. So we’re back to it tonight.

  • The frozen “dry packed” Scallops were $9.69, or $4.85 per serve
  • The Chorizo was $5.75 but we used ½ in the recipe, or $1.43 per serve
  • Scallions were 44c per serve
  • Three Cobs of Corn were $1.50, or 75c per serve
  • Add 20c for other ingredients.

The Scallops were excellent (thanks Aldi) and the Chorizo Corn was good, but not awesome. A very tasty meal for $7.67 per serve.

Sep 22: Shin Bowl; Lamb Rissoles with Lettuce, Parmesan and Pomegranate Seeds

Lunch

Boredom with sandwiches had us turning to a Shin Noodle Bowl. A pack of four was $3.69 or 93c per serve, which proved to be quite generous and a satisfying – if spicy hot – meal. We do, however, only use one of the two flavor pouches.

Dinner

Our experiment with Soutzoukakia as rissoles was successful, so we did them again.

  • Ground lamb was $5.99 or $2.00 per serve on special at Aldi
  • An egg is 51c or 17c per serve
  • 8 oz Panko breadcrumbs are $2.99 and we used half, or 25c per serve
  • Parmesan is $3.99 for 8oz and we shared 2 oz or 50c per serve
  • 1/4 cup and a tablespoon of red wine – halved – is 34c per serve
  • Onions, shallot and garlic adds 25c per serve
  • Pomegranate Seeds were $4.49 and we used about half, or $1.13 per serve
  • Shaved parmesan comes in a $5.49 pack, and we used 1/4 or 46c per serve,
  • Butter Lettuce adds 38c per serve
  • Add 30c for Dressing ingredients.

The Lamb Rissoles came had a crisp shell and moist tender inside. This is a much herbier version than the traditional Australian Beef recipe. The Lettuce was a good carrier of the dressing and foil to the Parmesan. The Pomegranate seeds added a fresh pop, and crunch. A very enjoyable meal for $5.28 per serve.

Sep 21: BLT on Homemade Sourdough; Soy Chorizo Tostadas

Lunch

Foodie Philip scored another Sourdough half boule from an neighbor and we made the classic BLT with it.

  • The bread came free
  • Butter Lettuce add 30c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we used two, or 70c per serve
  • Bacon was $4.99 and we used four of 10 slices, or 50c per serve
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

Today’s version was particularly good for $1.90 per serve.

Dinner

We used the remaining Soy Chorizo we’d prepared for the Taco Salad a few nights back, and made meatless Tostadas.

  • Soy Chorizo is $2.29 or 58c per serve
  • Tostados were $1.39 for 21, or 13c per serve
  • Guacamole is $1.10 per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we used two, or 70c per serve
  • Add 30c for Salsa.

These were surprisingly filling, with Foodie Greg not finishing his second serve! Overall, pretty good for $2.81 per serve.

Sep 20: Egg in a Bagel; Red Wine, Beef and Mushroom Stew with Brown Rice and Peas

Lunch

Sunday lunch is better with Eggs.

  • The Brioche Bagels are $2.89 for five, or 58c per serve
  • Pastured Eggs are 51c each, or an average of $1.02 per serve
  • Add 30c for Salsa.

With the new griddle cooking surface these turn out well every time. The Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa adds a nice kick. A good Sunday lunch for $1.90 per serve.

Dinner

Whatever you do, don’t call it Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Stew with Red Wine, Mushrooms and Bacon), but it is a classic French recipe

  • The beef was around $4.68 per serve
  • Carrots were $1.00 or 50c per serve
  • A onion was 20c or 10c per serve
  • The wine is adds 50c per serve
  • Add 50c per serve for seasoning, garlic and oils
  • Brown rice adds 33c per serve
  • The English Peas were $3.49 and we served half, or 88c per serve.

An enjoyable meal for $7.49 per serve.

Sep 19: Slided Ham & Coleslaw; Seared Duck Breast with Yakisoba and Bok Choy

Lunch

We still had Coleslaw from Mr Fish & Chips so we sandwiched it between slices of Deli Ham, in a sandwich!

  • 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.

Always an enjoyable sandwich, for $1.96 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight was our “Duck Night,” which we schedule about once a month, now that we have a consistent (mostly) supply of frozen Duck Breast from Whole Foods, and know how to cook it to perfection.

  • The Duck was $13.59 or $6.80 per serve
  • The noodles are $3.19 for the pack, or $1.60 per serve
  • The Bok Choy was $2.00 and used about or 34c per serve.

As always an excellent, and somewhat affordable, treat for $8.74 per serve.

Sep 18: Naan Pizza; Argentinean Shrimp on Japanese Fried Rice

Lunch

As we had two Garlic Naan left, we finished in the oven, spread with with Neufchatel, and topped with Tomato and Parmesan.

  • The Garlic Naan was $3.99 for six, and we used two, or 67c per serve
  • Neufchatel adds 15c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we used one, or 35c per serve
  • Shaved parmesan comes in a $5.49 pack, and we used 1/4 or 46c per serve.

This turned out well for $1.63 per serve.

Dinner

A quick and easy ‘Fishy Friday” is where you sous vide some Argentinean Shrimp in Butter, and fry off some Trader Joe’s Japanese Fried Rice. Serve!

  • Japanese Style Fried rice comes from Trader Joe’s and is $3.29 or $1.65 per very generous serve
  • 1 lb of shrimp is $10.99 and we used half,  or $2.75 per serve.

Simple, tasty and filling for $4.40 per serve.

Sep 17: Fried Scallops, Fries & Coleslaw; Romanian Skirt Steak, Home Fries, and Fried Eggs

Lunch

A nearby shopping trip put us near Mr Fish & Chips. We stuck with the Fried Scallops, Fries and Coleslaw and ordered extra Coleslaw.

This is a meal for one that we shared, making it $5.19 with tax and tip.

Dinner

We continued the “sharing an entree” theme with another venture out to bring food home. We haven’t been able to enjoy the food at The Country Deli for a while, as it mostly doesn’t travel well. Great food eaten three minutes from the kitchen, not so great after 15 minutes of travel.

How food travels is a serious challenge in these times, and many restaurants are changing their menus to make them resist degrading during the trip home. Friends in San Francisco celebrated their anniversary with a finish-at-home kit prepared by a local restaurant.

We worked out a compromise: buy the Romanian Skirt Steak Dinner, substituting Home Fries for Mashed or Baked Potato. Then when we got home, fry the Eggs there and serve. We preheated our griddle so there was minimal.

Although we added the Eggs, Foodie Greg felt there was enough food without and probably won’t add them next time. The serving was enormous and more than enough food for two, for $15.62 per serve, plus $1.02 for the eggs: $16.64.

Sep 16: Rissole Rolls; Lamb Loin Chops with Eggplant, Mint and Pomegranate Salad

Lunch

For lunch we had a Rissole & Cheddar Panini using the last of the Rissoles.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • Rissole is $1.02 per serve
  • Smokey Cheddar was $2.69 for 10 slices, or 27c per serve
  • Add 10c for Spinach
  • Add 10c for Carolina BBQ Sauce.

As always a tasty combination for $2.12 per serve.

Dinner

We had some Lamb Loin Chops available, so we grilled them to perfection outside, and paired with a Smoked Eggplant, Feta, Mint and Pomegranate Salad. We’ve done the salad before but with Baked Eggplant.

  • The Australian Lamb Loin Chops were a weekly special at Aldi for $7.43 or $3.72 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
  • Pomegranate Seeds were $4.49 and we used about half, or $1.13 per serve
  • Add 30c for dressing ingredients.

The Australian Lamb Loin Chops were even better than the New Zealand ones that Trader Joe’s carry. We felt they had great taste and were more juicy. A great meal for $6.77 per serve.