The Foodies returned to the Belmont Yacht Club where Foodie Greg had lunch with his parents last week. This older Registered Club is built out into the Lake and we were surrounded on thre sides with water
We both chose the Barrumundi Burger at Au$15.00 (US$11.40)
We had seen pork belly at the new Warner’s Bay Aldi so picked up one suitable for three and decided to serve with choucroute. Unfortunately the German owned Aldi only has sauerkraut in October!
We found the necessary ingredients at another supermarket and prepared the meal over three hours.
The pork belly was $12.50 or $4.17 per serve
Carrots were 24c or 8c per serve
A can of sauerkraut was $3.20 or $1.07 per serve
Add 20c for onion and seasoning.
The Pork was beautifully tender while the skin had crispened up nicely for “crackling” and the choucroute a perfect complement, even though we forgot the potatoes! A good meal for Au$5.52 (US$4.19) per serve.
While Foodie Philip repeated the Caesar Schnitzel Wrap of a couple of days ago – taking off one piece of Schnitzel for later – Foodie Greg’s hankering for an Aussie style burger was temporarily thwarted by the lack of a bun.
The suggestion was made, and accepted, that the burger be served as a Wrap. Foodie Greg thinks this unconventional approach is better because the Wrap is better bread than a typical hamburger bun.
Both meals were huge for $12.00 and $8.50 respectively, or an average of Au$10.43 (US$7.90).
Mom suggested we cook Foodie Greg’s Split Pea Soup from the ham stock she’d made earlier in the week, but the lack of liquid smoke and a stick blender meant that the recipe would be compromised. Instead it was decided to cook a Ham and Fresh Corn Chowder.
This was a much more successful recipe than an earlier attempt that turned out to be too sweet to eat! The recipe made six serves so we will get two meals from it.
The Ham stock had no cost
Bacon cost $2.05 or 34c per serve
Sweet corn on the cob was $2.50, or 42c per serve
Celery was $3.00 but again we used only ⅓ or 17c per serve
A carrot was 38c or 6c per serve
Add 20c per serve for potatoes
Add 15c per serve for spices.
This was a really tasty Chowder for Au$1.34 (US$1.02) per serve.
Lunch found us in the local Village as Foodie Philip’s Mom like to go there daily. Today we chose the local Indian takeout and had Beef Vindaloo, Beef Madras and Lamb Korma, with fresh baked – as in while we were waiting – naan.
It was all really tasty for Au$10.90 for each curry serve, and we shared the $3.50 naan: Au$12 .65 (US$9.49)per serve.
For lunch we went out with Foodie Phillip’s mother and some of her friends at a local coffee shop where Philip had a Beef and Mushroom pie, while Foodie Greg had a Spinach and Feta Quiche.
Our meal was paid for by mom.
We found some pasture raised pork sirloin, with skin, at the supermarket and we’re going to pair it with an Apple and Endive salad, but the lack of available endive saw it become a Waldorf salad instead.
(Prices in Australian dollars, with a conversion at the end)
The pork sirloin was $16.95 or $5.65 per serve
A pack of celery was $3.00 and we used ⅔, or 67c per serve
Pecan nuts (walnuts not available) were $4.41 or $1.47 per serve
Two Modi apples were $1.87 or 62c per serve
Add 30c for mayonnaise per serve.
The pork turned out perfectly, except we were unable to get the crisp “crackling” skin beloved by Australians. Otherwise a good meal for Au $8.71. (US $6.55)
The Airline served a competent breakfast of a cheese omelette, with a sprinkling of home fries and a small chicken sausage link. There was strawberry yoghurt and a muffin as well.
Again a competent meal that, with a slice of toast in the middle of the day, kept usgoing until dinner.
We were invited to dinner with Foodie Philip’s brotherand his family. We were served some perfectly grilled fillet steak with an avocado, tomato tossed salad. A big step up from Airline food and much appreciated, particularly as it cost us nothing.
The Foodies had a business lunch at The Country Deli, where Foodie Philip had his usual marinated skirt steak, while Foodie Greg had a Pastrami on rye. The other party paid for lunch.
A very, very late dinner as – actually after midnight sotechnically not Friday – on an aircraft heading for Australia. We had a small beef stew with overcooked broccoli and a sprinkling of home fries, and a dinner roll. Competent but uninspired food, included in the air fare.
We’ve become fans of the smoked trout. Since avocado and a can of smoked trout provide enough for two sandwiches, it was two – delicious – sandwiches the same.
Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
The avocado was 50c or 25c per serve
The smoked trout is $3.49 per can or $1.75 per serve
Add 25c for butter.
The smoked trout on avocado is a great combination for $2.57 per serve.
We had planned on split pea soup, but time got away with us, so a quick meal, on the table fast was called for. We had a pack of Trader Joe’s Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onion, which we prepared and topped with a fried egg (or two).
The roast potato mix was $2.99 or $1.50 per serve
The pastured eggs are 50c each: Greg had one, Philip two.
We felt the roast potato mix was disappointing. Prepared to instructions it was not at all crispy (although we could have gone longer) and it was almost entirely potato. Not terrible, but slightly disappointing for $2.00 per serve.
The dry baking of the vegetables is extra work, but it intensified the flavor, while the dressing added another layer of flavor. With the recipe making so much we served without rice, and will still get six meals.
The Kaboc squash was $2.21 but we only used half for the six serves, or 18c per serve
Two Chinese eggplants went into the dish costing $1.18 or 20c per serve
The bell pepper was $1.49 or 25c per serve
Grape tomatoes were $2.99 or 50c per serve
An onion adds 5c per serve
Miso Easy is $5.99 for the bottle that we used about 1/8 of in this dish, or 13c per serve.
We had some pastrami that needed to be used, so we made two identical Pastrami, Tabouli and Swiss toasted sandwiches.
Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
Add 25c for butter
The 1.25 lb of beef pastrami was $7.69 (32c an ounce), and we used two on the sandwich, or 64c per serve
We served 1/2 of the tabouli salad or 67c per serve
Gouda slices are 12 for $3.99 or 17c per serve.
Lunch today was decent for $2.05 per serve.
It’s “Thursday night steak night” and tonight we picked a rib eye from our Prather Ranch meat delivery and grilled it, as there was a break in the cold weather.
We paired it with roast kabocha squash – rapidly becoming a favorite – and an impressive Buttered Balsamic Mushrooms. We skipped the sugar but added a reduced balsamic glaze
The rib eye was $19.97 or $9.99 per serve
The mushrooms were $2.49 or $1.25 per serve
The kabocha squash was $1.98 and we used half, or 50c per serve
The balsamic glaze adds 35c per serve
Rosemary came from our garde
Add 35c per serve for seasonings, oil and shallots
The butter is $3.99 per block, and we used about 1/5 for two serves, or 40c per serve.
Dinner tonight was better than most steak house meals we’ve had. The buttered balsamic mushrooms were intensely flavored, and almost too much, but paired with the steak or squash, it was perfect. A great meal for $12.84 per serve.
Foodie Philip was back in the Burbank Monday routine with the normal In and Out Double Double Animal Style for $4.27.
An easy meal: prepared ginger miso broth and chicken gyoza, both from Trader Joe’s. Unfortunately they did not have any of the vegetable gyoza, which we found to be the tastiest of the whole selection.
Bok Choy was $2.77 and we used ⅓ or 46c per serve
The Miso Ginger broth was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
The gyoza were $2.99 and, or $1.50 per serve
Shelled edamame was $1.29 or 33c per serve
Add 20c for seasonings.
An easy “cheat” meal assembled from prepared ingredients that still manages to be greater than it’s parts. The vegetable gyoza definitely have the most flavor, while the chicken is the least interesting. A good meal for $3.49 per serve.