Sep 17: Cheese & Meats on Village Bread; de Curtis Italian Restaurant

Lunch

Because we were eating ahead of the trade show meetings we delved into our supply of Salami, liverwurst, Smokey and blue cheeses on village bread.  A little hard to calculate an exact proportion, but it would be around US$5.00 per serve.

Dinner

Since we last stayed in this area of Jordaan a new Italian restaurant has opened around the corner: cafe de Curtis. Between the three of us we had some excellent asparagus ravioli, a perfectly cooked fillet with arugula and Parmesan salad, and some amazing nut crusted lamb chops.

We will definitely come back again. Our friend paid for the meal.

Sep 16: Pannenkoeken; Not Very Supermeet

Lunch

On our way back from some early meetings at IBC, we stopped for Dutch Pancakes or Pannenkoeken. Being lunch we had savory versions. Foodie Greg had a mixed mushroom filling, while Philip had a pancake version of a schwarma, or yeros.

Both were generous serves and very tasty for €10.05 average, or US$11.71 per serve.

Dinner

In past years, Sunday night at IBC has been dedicated to the Supermeet, but unfortunately the event can’t find a home in Amsterdam at the moment.  A few of us who would otherwise be at the Supermeet got together at the Capri in Jordaan and had an alternate meetup, a.k.a. dinner!

The tab was picked up by one of the associated companies.

Sep 14: Smoked Trout; Eatcafe Koevoet

Lunch

Last IBC started our flirtation with smoked trout over the last year, so we decided to go back to the RAI’s Grand Cafe and once again enjoyed the smoked trout, baked potato and small salad with a beer included for €22.50 (US$26.18) per serve.

This was not just good food for a convention cente, but genuinely good food.

Dinner

A last minute change of plans found us at Eatcafe Koevoet, near where we are staying in Jordaan. Every time we’ve been here we’ve had an outstanding meal and tonight was no exception.

We started by sharing a tuna carpaccio and a beef carpaccio, swapping half way though. Both were good, but we gave the edge to the tuna.

The tuna carpaccio.

Foodie Philip chose the mixed ravioli in a sage butter sauce, which was flavorsome. Foodie Greg had the Eggplant Parmigiana, which sounds a lot fancier in Italian! This was definitely our favorite of the two, because of the deep, rich tomato flavor of the sauce.

The meal cost €28.25 (US$32.87) per serve and was well worth it.

Sep 12: Fish and Chips; Small Plates

Lunch

Today we travelled from the South of England to Amsterdam for The IBC convention. Being at Gatwick airport st lunch time, waiting for gate assignment, we had some decent Fish and Chips at Garfunkel’s for £14.24 each or $18.68 per serve.

Dinner

Settled in to our Amsterdam digs, we headed back to a nearby neighborhood tapas/small plates place: Dos.

We shared tomato bread with anchovy, chorizo sausage, grilled asparagus, endive with blue cheese sauce, and fried chicken – lightly floured and fried.

As it was in previous years, the food was excellent, for €35.20, (US $69.67) or $23.32 per person.

Sep 7: Smoked Salmon Salad; Roast Chicken, Fingerling Potatoes with Vegetable Hash

Lunch

After a typical airline breakfast we were in Schiphol Airport waiting for our next flight we had a fairly decent smoked salmon salad with avocado and an egg, with yoghurt dressing. As we had to wait for it, we noticed that the eggs were done in a tray in a steamer oven. The eggs were well cooked and that would be a great way of bulk production.

The meal was $8.68 per serve.

Dinner

Having reached our destination, we had dinner with friends in their home.

Some excellent roast chicken, served with roast fingerling potatoes out of their garden that morning and a vegetable hash. Good friends, great food and a little wine made for a perfect evening.

Aug 18: Popeye’s Chicken & Spinach Salad; Vegetable Gyoza in Ginger Miso Broth

Lunch

For lunch we revisited the Popeye’s chicken, but with a Spinach and Blue Cheese salad with bacon vinaigrette dressing.

  • The chicken is $2.98 per serve with tax
  • The salad was on special for $1.99 and we used half today (without the blue cheese or toasted quinoa) or 50c per serve.

Lunch today was $3.48 per serve.

Dinner

While Friday and Saturday nights are often days where we prepare a meal that requires longer prep times, but this Saturday night we decided on our goto easy meal: Vegetable Gyoza in a Ginger Miso Broth with a poached egg.

  • The Miso Ginger broth was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • The gyoza were $3.99, or $2.00 per serve
  • Add 20c for seasonings.
  • A pastured egg is 50c.

As always, a good meal, on the table quickly, for $3.70 per serve.

May 13: Barrumundi Burger; Pork Belly with Choucroute

Lunch

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)

Dinner

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.

May 11: Hamburger Wrap; Ham and Corn Chowder

Lunch

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).

Dinner

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.

May 10: Indian Curries; Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops with Tomatoes, Rosemary, and Olives

Lunch

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.

Dinner

Because Lamb is more readily available in Australia, we chose some Lamb shoulder chops suitable for  Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops with Tomatoes, Rosemary, and Olives. We shopped with a real butcher shop, not the meat counter!

  • The shoulder chops were very reasonably priced at $10.80 or $3.60 per serve
  • A jar of olives was $3.00 but we only used half, or 67c per serve
  • Tomatoes paste cost 90c or 30c per serve
  • A jar of dried thyme was $2.49 but we used only a fraction (instead of Rosemary) or about 10c per serve
  • Cherry tomatoes were $3.00 or $1.00 per serve
  • A pack of celery was $3.00 but we used ⅓ or 33c per serve
  • Carrots cost 95c, or 32c per serve
  • Add 25c for onion and seasonings.

The dish turned out really well, with a lot of flavor for Au$6.57 (US$5.00) per serve.

May 6: Beef & Mushroom Pie/Quiche; Pork Sirloin with Waldorf Salad

Lunch

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.

Dinner

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)