Sep 15: Apple & Brie; Beef Rissoles with Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, Cheddar and Pickled Beets


For lunch we finished both the Apple from yesterday, but also the remaining Brie from our grazing meal last Sunday.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Apple adds 17c per serve
  • Add 85c per serve for Brie
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

We toasted until the Brie was oozing and delicious. A good sandwich for $2.16 per serve.


One of the best uses for the Ground Beef from our meat box is to make classic Australian Rissoles.

  • Dry aged 85/15 ground beef $8.57 or $2.86 per serve
  • 8 oz Panko breadcrumbs are $2.99 and we used half, or 50c per serve
  • A Pastured Egg is 51c or 17c per serve
  • The onion is 4c per serve
  • Salad Greens were $1.49 or 38c per serve
  • The cherry tomatoes were $2.99 and we used half or 75c per serve
  • Pickled beets in vinaigrette are $1.69, of which we used about ⅓ or 28c per serve
  • We used about 1/2 of the Cheddar, or 96c per serve
  • Add 10c for Carolina BBQ sauce.

The Rissoles are always a good choice on a hot day for $6.04 per serve

Sep 14: Apple & Smoked Cheddar; Soy Chorizo Taco Salad


A simple sandwich each of Sliced Apple & Smoked Cheddar slices.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Apple adds 17c per serve
  • Smoked Cheddar Slices are $2.69 for 10, or 54c per serve (two slices)
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

It was very tasty for $1.85 per serve.


Tonight’s meatless meal pivoted on Soy Chorizo that we fried off as if it were Taco Seasoned Ground Beef. Add to Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Cheddar and a Creamy Dressing and you have a Taco Salad. We used half the Chorizo in tonight’s Salad.

  • Soy Chorizo is $2.29 or 58c per serve
  • Lettuce mix adds 40c per serve
  • Cherry Tomatoes add 36c per serve
  • The Old Crock Smokey Cheddar was $5.95 and we used about half, or $1.50 per serve
  • Greek Yoghurt and Salsa add another 40c
  • An Avocado is 39c or 20c per serve.

A very tasty salad, where you would never know you weren’t eating “real” Taco meat, for $3.44 per serve.

Sep 13: BLTA; Filet Américain with Rustic Panini Roll and Garden Salad


Today we did a near-classic Bacon, Lettuce Tomato & added Avocado.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Black Forest Bacon from Aldi is $3.99 for nine slices; we had two, or 44c per serve
  • Kumato adds 35c per serve
  • The Avocado was 39c or 20c per serve
  • Add 20c for Lettuce
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

As always, this is a great sandwich for $2.33 per serve.


In the “world that was” the Foodies would be in Amsterdam this week, and would be eating Filet Américain, either at Van Dobben or at home purchased from Jumbo supermarket. We are stuck at home, so we made Filet Américain for ourselves!

  • The top sirloin from the Keller Crafted delivery was $12.36 or $6.18 per serve
  • Add 20c for Shallot & Capers
  • Add 30c per serve for Ketchup, Mayonnaise and Paprika
  • Add 63c for the Panini Roll
  • The Garden Salad adds 80c per serve.

We got very close to Américain from Jumbo, or as served in Horne (town) for $8.11 per serve. We’d still like to be in Amsterdam.

Sep 12: Bahn Mi; Mussels in Coconut Curry Sauce with Naan


Today we picked up a Bahn Mi from Pho Saigon 1, for $10.00 with tax and tip.


Thehe Mussels were pre-cooked and the Sauce was in a jar, so it could hardly be simpler. Served with pre cooked Naan and we had a very tasty (and good looking) meal.

  • The Goan Simmer Sauce was $4.99 or $2.50 per serve
  • The pre-cooked Mussels were $2.29 or $1.15 per serve
  • The Garlic Naan was $3.99 for six, and we used two, or 67c per serve.

A very tasty and filling meal for $4.32 per serve.

Sep 11: Braunschweiger, Mustard & Shallot on Baguette; Poke Bowl


We finished the other half of the Baguette and filled it with Baurnschweiger, Mustard & Shallots.

  • The Baguette was $1.49 or 38c per serve
  • The is Baunschweiger is $2.45 and we shared ⅛, or 15c per serve
  • Add 15c for Mustard and Shallot.

This was a tasty and satisfying sandwich for 68c per serve.


We’ve been enjoying the Ahi Tuna from Aldi, but it was nice to find a different way of preparing it, other than seared! The last restaurant meal the Foodies had was a Poke Bowl, so we decided to give it a try.

  • 12 oz Tuna was $5.19, or $2.60 per serve
  • Avocados were 39c per serve
  • Black Rice adds 22c per serve
  • Shelled edamame was $1.29 or 33c per serve
  • Add 50c for Dressing ingredients.

This was an excellent meal for $3.44. The odd serve shape of the Aldi Tuna is not an issue when you’re chopping it.

Sep 10: Soutzoukakia in a Bagette; Pork Loin Chop, Cowboy Beans with Apple Endive Salad


We shared the remaining serve of Soutzoukakia in a par-baked Baguette we finished in the oven.

  • The Baguette was $1.49 or 38c per serve
  • The Soutzoukakia is $5.32 or $2.66 per lunch serve.

A very tasty lunch for $3.04 per serve.


We had some boneless Pork Loin Chops in our meat box, so we coated them in a Coffee Rub and sous vidé them to a perfect medium rare. We served with Cowboy Beans and an Apple Endive Salad.

  • The Pork Chops were $13.34 or $6.67 per serve
  • Cowboy Beans were $3.99 or $1.50 per serve
  • Pink Lady Apple was 79c or 40c per serve
  • The Belgian Endive is $2.69 or 89c per serve
  • Add 40c for Coffee Rub, Apple Cider Vinegar and Oil.

The Coffee Rub meant we didn’t need to fry the chops for appearance. A very tasty and satisfying meal for $9.86 per serve.

Sep 9: Supermarket Sushi; Hiyashi Chūka


Lunch came from Whole Foods during a shopping trip with Albacore Sashimi and a fresh “Spring Roll” style vegetarian roll for $9.99 per serve.


The Hiyashi Chūka is chilled Ramen with Ham, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber and Usuyaki Tamago (thin Omelette).

  • We used the Ramen Noodles from our Shin Bowls, without the flavor packet, for 93c per serve
  • The Ham was $5.99 and we used ⅓ or $1.00 per serve
  • A Pastured Egg is 51c per serve
  • The Grape Tomatoes were $2.99 or 50c per serve
  • Add 25c for Cucumber
  • Add 40c for dressing ingredients.

A tasty dish for $3.59 per serve. Substitute Salad Greens for the Noodles and it’s almost a Cobb Salad.

Sep 8: Tomato & Swiss, Smoked Cheddar & Apple Toasties; Soutzoukakia with Dolmas and Garden Salad


A couple of toasted sandwiches on a relatively cool day: Tomato & Swiss, Smoked Cheddar & Apple.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Apple adds 17c per serve
  • Swiss adds 34c per serve
  • The Tomato adds 30c per serve
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

Two good toasted sandwiches for $1.95 per serve.


Since we had some Ground Lamb we decided to revisit the Soutzoukakia, but with a Green Salad (with some Feta) and Dolma’s. We get three serves from the Soutzoukakia.

  • Australian Ground lamb was $5.99 at Aldi or $2.00 per serve
  • An egg is 51c or 17c per serve
  • 8 oz Panko breadcrumbs are $2.99 and we used half, or 25c per serve
  • Cotija cheese, substituting for 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
  • Stuffed Eggplant Dolmas were $2.79 or 93c per serve
  • Fried Eggplant (canned) was $2.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Parsley was $1.49 for the bunch, but we only used 1/4 or 13c per serve
  • Fresh mint came from our garden
  • The Garden Salad adds 80c per serve, because of the Feta.

A very satisfying and tasty meal for $6.12 per serve.

Sep 7: Liverwurst & Shallot, Smoked Gouda & Apple Open Sandwiches; Spicy Mango Ginger Soup


We took some of the Village Bread from last night, topped one slice with the spreadable Smoked Gouda & Apple, and the other with Liverwurst & Shallot.

  • The “German Bread” was $2.99 for seven slices, and we used three, or 43c per serve
  • The spreadable Smoked Gouda came in a gift basket
  • Apple adds 17c per serve
  • Liverwurst adds 56c per serve
  • Shallot adds 10c per serve.

The Apple & Smoked Gouda worked particularly well, but both were good for $1.26 per serve.


We decided to experiment with a Spicy Mango and Ginger Soup. We added more Ginger and Pepper Flakes than the recipe called for, which boosted the flavor.

  • Mangos were 29c each, or 29c per serve
  • Ginger adds 30c per serve
  • Add 30c for other ingredients.

This was another testament to the value of good ingredients in simple food. The 29c Mango deal from Aldi made this very tasty soup, only 89c per serve.

Sep 6: Caesar Salad with Smoked Trout; Grazing Dinner


A heat wave made a lunch salad very attractive.

  • 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.


The Foodies had finished another major project and were celebrating with sparkling wine and a ‘grazing’ meal. They can be hard to calculate but average out at around $8.00 per serve.