Oct 13: Tomato & Mayo, Ham, Cheese & Mustard Sandwiches; Sauerkraut Sausage Paprikash

Lunch

Returning to a couple of good sandwiches, we used more of the (less flavorsome) heirloom tomato from Trader Joe’s.

  • Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
  • The ham was $3.69 for and we used about 1/4 in this sandwich, or 49c per serve
  • The cheese is 40c per slice or 20c per serve
  • Add 25c for spicy mustard
  • The heirloom tomato was $1.30 and we use half, or 33c per serve
  • Add 20c for mayo.

Lunch today was ok for $1.79 per serve, but would be better if the tomato had more flavor.

Dinner

A new recipe for us, Sauerkraut Sausage Paprikash, is both reminiscent of a choucroute garnie because of the sauerkraut and pork sausage aspect, and completely different because of the paprika and cream.

The recipe makes four serves.

  • The bratwurst are $3.49 for the pack, or 88c per serve
  • The Bubbies (natural) Sauerkraut is expensive at $6.99 or $1.75 per serve, but it is a very superior sauerkraut without the bad odor of most sauerkraut
  • Sour cream cost $3.99 but we used 1/4, or 25c per serve
  • The butter is $3.99 per block, and we used about 1/41/4, or 25c per serve
  • Add 50c per serve for seasoning, although we added 3 times the paprika than the recipe called for.

The sauerkraut still had some crunch, which gave good textural variation, and the flavor combinations worked really well with the bratwurst. All in all a satisfying meal for $3.63 per serve.

Sep 23: Airport and Airline Food; Thai Shrimp Gyoza in Organic Chicken Broth

Lunch

Before heading to the aircraft for our trip home from Amsterdam, we stopped for a ham and cheese croissant. Approximately $7.15 per serve! Well, it was an airport.

We had two “other lunches” on board the flight home. Some decent chicken stew with rice, coleslaw and the world’s sweetest profiteroles, and our other meal was the most boring piece of “pizza” ever served. Fortunately we didn’t pay directly for these meals.

Dinner

We were back home for dinner and not wanting anything too heavy, so Foodie Greg picked up some Thai Shrimp Gyoza and organic chicken broth from Trader Joe’s.

Heat the gyoza in the chicken broth with some bok choy and a nutritious and tasty meal was on the table quite quickly. The gyoza were quite lightly flavored but tasty and with good texture.

  • The gyoza were $4.99 and we will get three meals, or $1.67 per serve
  • The chicken broth was $1.99 but we used half, or 33c per serve
  • The bok choy was $1.99 or 33c per serve.

Dinner tonight was quick, tasty and nutritious for $2.33 per serve.

Sep 14: Airline Breakfast; Gorgonzola Steak/Pasta Combo

Breakfast

Still on the aircraft we were served an omelette and single sausage!

Dinner

Our first night in Amsterdam and we had dinner with friends. Foodie Greg – and most of the table – had a combination pasta while Foodie Philip had a Gorgonzola steak.  The Capri is a regular hang out for us during IBC and the food is always good.

Our meal was payed for.

Sep 2: Afghan Pita Pockets; Greek Style Tuna Salad

Lunch

We once again enjoyed some Afghan pita pockets from Skewers Halal, who’s servings are huge for $9.80 per serve, including tax.

Dinner

Tonight we returned to the Greek style tuna salad.

  • A can of yellowfin tuna costs $3.49, or $2.33 per serve
  • Persian cucumber cost 40c or 13c per serve
  • A bell pepper is 99c or 33c per serve
  • Tomatoes were $2.99 and we used about half, or 50c per serve
  • Pitted olives come in $2.99 jars and one quarter was used, or 25c per serve
  • 1 lb of limes we $1.29 and we used 1/4 or 11c per serve
  • Add 25c for the seasonings.

This salad exceeded our expectations. It was much more tasty than the simple ingredients would suggest and it comes in at $3.90 per serve.

Aug 11: Breakfast Crepe; Roast Pork Dinner

Lunch

Well, brunch really!  Back to the crepe place, so Philip could experience the egg, bacon and cheese crepe for $9.21 with tax and tip.  It was a generous serve and not terrible.

Dinner

We took the gondola up to the top of the Keystone ski fields and picked up a roast pork meal.  The pig had been roasting for several hours and should have been great, but unfortunately, every element of the meal was average.

The pork was a little dry; the coleslaw average; the corn lacked flavor; and the baked beans got a mixed reaction. Two of our party liked the baked beans but Philip found they had too much cumin to be really enjoyable.

The experience was great, but the food average for $23.98 with tax and tip.

Jul 22: Popeye’s Fried Chicken; Smoked Salmon Cobb

Lunch

A trip back from a class in Burbank came directly past a Popeye’s, so what were we to do?

  • 10 pieces of dark and spicy chicken is $15.25 or $3.05 a serve with tax
  • Half the Large Red Beans and Rice is $2.17 with tax, per serve.

Lunch today cost $5.22 per serve.

Dinner

Another in a series of Cobb Salad variations, this time with smoked salmon as the primary protein. Feta cheese seemed like a better combination than blue or cheddar.

This was an excellent salad.

  • Smoked salmon $5.99 for the 4oz pack or $3.00 a serve
  • A pastured egg is 50c (only on special)
  • Bacon end pieces were $3.99 and we used less than 1/4 or 50c per serve
  • The cherry tomatoes were $3.49 and we used about half, or 88c per serve
  • Add 20c for shredded iceberg.
  • The avocado was $1.49 or 75c per serve
  • The feta in brine was $6.50 and 1/4 went into dinner, or 41c per serve.

This is a great variation on a Cobb, and the feta was the right choice. A great mixture of salty, fresh, creamy and egg for $6.24 per serve.

Jun 21: Mixed Sandwiches; Shrimp with Corn and Black Bean Salad

Lunch

Our experiments continue. Today: pastrami, tomato chutney and cheese; egg with watercress.

  • The sprouted wholemeal is $3.49 a loaf with 18 slices, or 39c per two slice sandwich
  • The sliced pastrami is $4.99 per pack, but we’ll get three sandwiches from that, or 83c per serve
  • The sliced yoghurt cheese is $4.79 a pack of 12 slices, or 80c per slice or 40c per serve
  • The tomato chutney was made by Philip’s brother in Australia
  • Pastured eggs are 50c each and we used labné instead of mayonnaise to create enough to make two sandwiches, or 25c per serve
  • Watercress adds 5c per serve.

The sandwiches today were interesting, although we overdid the labné in the egg a little. Lunch today cost $1.92 with good variety.

Dinner

Another hot day, and we still had shrimp and salad left over, so tonight was a do-over from two nights ago.

  • 1 lb of shrimp is $6.99 (on special), but we only used half, or $1.75 per serve
  • The fire roasted corn is $2.49 per pound but we used half, or 42c per serve
  • The bell pepper is 99c or 33c per serve
  • Canned black beans, Cuban style, are 99c or 33c per serve
  • A large shallot and seasonings add 30c per serve.

Dinner tonight was fresh, light and tasty for $3.13 per serve.

Jun 20: Mixed Sandwiches; Greek Style Tuna Salad

Lunch

Continuing our experiments  with making two different sandwiches and sharing them, and exploring new sandwich combinations. Today’s combination were “egg salad” with watercress and pastrami with mustard.

  • The sprouted wholemeal is $3.49 a loaf with 18 slices, or 39c per two slice sandwich
  • The sliced pastrami is $4.99 per pack, but we’ll get three sandwiches from that, or 83c per serve
  • Mustard adds 5c per serve
  • Pastured eggs are 50c each and we used labné instead of mayonnaise to create enough to make two sandwiches, or 25c per serve
  • Watercress adds 5c per serve.

The sandwiches today were interesting, although we overdid the labné in the egg a little. Lunch today cost $2.07 with good variety.

Dinner

A continuing streak of hot weather swings the balance in favor of cold salads, again. It’s somewhat challenging to find a variety of salads that aren’t “another leafy green salad.” Tonight’s contender is a Greek style tuna salad, for which we had reasonably low expectations.

  • A can of yellowfin tuna costs $2.29 and we averaged one each serve
  • Persian cucumber cost 35c or 17c per serve
  • A bell pepper is 99c or 50c per serve
  • Tomatoes were $2.79 and we used about half, or 70c per serve
  • Pitted olives come in $2.99 jars and one quarter was used, or 25c per serve
  • 1 lb of limes we $1.29 and we used 1/4 or 17c per serve
  • Add 25c for the seasonings.

This salad exceeded our expectations. It was much more tasty than the simple ingredients would suggest and it comes in at $4.33 per serve.

Apr 29: Popeye’s Fried Chicken; Beef and Pork Meatloaf with Chipotle Sweet Potato Mash and Bok Choy

Lunch

An unexpected trip to Burbank was planned to co-incide with lunch, so we could pick up some Popeye’s Fried Chicken.

  • 8 pieces of dark and spicy chicken is $9.99 or $2.70 a serve with tax per serve
  • Half the Large Red Beans and Rice is $2.15 with tax, per serve.

Lunch today cost $4.85 per serve.

Dinner

The meatloaf meal from last night was a double batch, so we repeated the meal tonight, but fried off the meatloaf which gave it a really nice maillard reaction on the surfaces. Served with the remaining chipotle mashed sweet potato and fresh steamed bok choy.

  • The ground pork was $8.23 or $2.06 per serve
  • The grass fed ground beef was $6.48 or $1.62 per serve
  • A can of chipotle is $1.50 and we used half, or 38c per serve
  • Two sweet potatoes (yams) were $2.11 or 53c per serve
  • The bok choy was $1.99 for the pack, and we  used half, or 50c per serve.

Tonight’s dinner was both tasty and nutritious for $5.09 per serve.

Apr 17: Ham, Cheese and Pickle Sandwich; Greek-Style Tuna Salad

Lunch

Although today was a Burbank Monday, a frantic schedule dictated taking a sandwich along.

  • Ham is $1.10 per serve, but we used a half serve each on the sandwich, or 55c per serve
  • Sprouted rye bread is 17c per slice, or 34c per serve
  • The NZ cheddar is $5.99 for the pack of eight, one ounce slices, or 75c per serve
  • Add 10c for your favorite pickle.

Lunch today was $1.74 per serve.

Dinner

Dinner tonight was a new recipe for us: Greek-Style Tuna Salad. It was a light, refreshing change, served with/on par baked bread.

  • Tuna in olive oil is $4.58 for two cans, or $2.29 per serve
  • The organic baby plum tomatoes were $2.79 for the pack, but we only used half, or 70c per serve.
  • Persian cucumbers were 40c or 20c per serve
  • Black olives cost $2.40 or 60c per serve
  • Add 45c for oregano, parsley, oil and lemon juice
  • Par-baked roll is 63c.

Dinner tonight was a good, solid dish. Not one to set the world on fire, but one that we’ll revisit, for $4.87 per serve.