Apr 20: Bahn Mi; Japanese Style Fried Rice with Stir-fried Shrimp

Lunch

After the trip back from San Diego we picked up a Bahn Mi from our favorite local Vietnamese restaurant for $8.27 per serve with tax.

Dinner

Having missed “Fishy Friday” yesterday, we substituted tonight with Trader Joe’s Japanese Style Fried Rice and some frozen shrimp that we stir-fried and placed on top of the fried rice.

  • The Japanese Style Fried Rice was $2.95 or $1.48 per serve
  • The shrimp were $7.99 but we shared half or $2.00 per serve.

A simple, but very tasty meal for $3.48 per serve. The Japanese Style Fried Rice was pretty good, but could use a little flavor boost.

Apr 19: Salami, Baguette, Sprout and Pasta Salads; Pot Roast

Lunch

The Foodies finally finished NAB by traveling to San Diego to return some gear used on the OWC Radio stand to our friend Cirina, who had a fresh baguette, an array of salamis, Brussel Sprout salad, and a cheesy past a salad, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Dinner

That evening Cirina cooked up a chuck roast in her Instapot and it was ready to pull apart in just over an hour. Potatoes were cooked separately for better flavor. Overall it was a very tasty and successful pot roast.

Apr 18: Asparagus & Ham Frittata; Rib Eye with Farro Tabbouleh

Lunch

For lunch we had the remaining pieces of the Asparagus and Ham Frittata cold for $2.25 a serve.

Dinner

Thursday night “Steak Night” tonight featured a grilled Rib Eye with Farro Tabbouleh.

  • At 10 oz the rib eye is $8.10 per serve
  • The farro was $1.79 for the pack, but we shared ⅓ or 10c per serve
  • Tomatoes were $3.49 for five but we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • Parsley was $1.89 for the bunch and we used half or 47c per serve
  • Mint came from our garden.

The steak was perfectly cooked and the salad provided a very good complement for $9.02 per serve.

Apr 17: Egg Salad in Panini Roll; Asparagus and Ham Frittata

Lunch

For lunch we, once again, finished the par baked panini roll and stuffed it with egg salad and watercress.

  • The panini roll is 63c per serve
  • The egg salad is $3.69 for 10 oz and we used 2 oz per serve, or 92c per serve
  • The watercress cost $1.99 and we shared about 1/8 or 12c per serve.

We enjoyed this roll a lot for $1.67 per serve.

Dinner

Another way to use ham is in an Asparagus and Ham Frittata! We precooked the asparagus in the panini press, mixed in a generous amount of finely diced ham and cooked.

We will get four serves.

  • Six eggs are $3.06 or 77c per serve
  • The ham is $1.02 per portion, or 51c per serve
  • The asparagus was $2.59 but we used ⅔ tonight, or 87c per serve
  • Add 10c for butter.

This turned out particularly well for just $2.25 per serve.

Apr 16: Supermarket Sushi; Beef Stir-Fry with Bell Peppers, Carrots and Bok Choy

Lunch

A mid-morning trip to Whole Foods provided an opportunity to pick up some spicy tuna rolls, and a black rice avocado and cucumber roll.

In total, the sushi was $17.98 or $8.99 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we tried a Beef Stir-Fry recipe from Whole Foods (pure co-incidence) that we used sliced top sirloin for the meat, and augmented it with carrots and the remaining box choy.

  • The top sirloin was $4.05 per serve
  • The bok choy was $1.10 and we used half, or 55c per serve
  • Carrots were $1.99 but we only used half, or 50c per serve
  • The bell pepper was $1.49 or 75c per serve
  • Add 30c for seasoning.

This recipe was terribly bland. It is not a stir fry recipe at all, given that the meat stews in the liquid and the vegetables effectively steam. We added a little fish sauce after serving to bring some flavor to the dish. Disappointing for $6.15 per serve.

Apr 15: Ham, Swiss & Sauerkraut Sandwich; Chickenless Mandarin Orange Morsels, with Bok Choy in an Asian Dressing

Lunch

Since we have so much ham, we riffed on a Reuben by substituting ham for pastrami and mustard for Russian dressing.

  • The ham $1.02 per serve and we shared a serve or 51c per serve
  • Sprouted rye bread is 32c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • The Bubbies (natural) Sauerkraut is expensive at $6.99 or 22c per serve, but it is a very superior sauerkraut without the bad odor of most sauerkraut
  • Add 40c for butter and mustard.

Ham makes a fine substitute for pastrami, although this is its own quite good flavor combination for $1.79 per serve.

Dinner

For out “meatless Mondays” we are exploring meat substitutes like Trader Joe’s Chickenless Mandarin Chicken Morsels, which we served with an Asian style Stir Fried Bok Choy.

  • The meatless morsels were $3.29 or $1.65 per serve
  • The bok choy was $1.10 and we used half, or 28c per serve
  • Add 30c for dressing ingredients.

We were not impressed with the Mandarin Chicken Morsels, not because if wasn’t real meat, but because the breading stuck and added no flavor, we won’t be buying them again. There are other meat alternatives to explore. Still this wasn’t a terrible meal for $2.23 per serve.

Apr 14: Popeye’s Fried Chicken with Spicy Pepper and Corn Salad; Baked Ham and Choucroute

Lunch

For lunch we heated the remaining Popeye’s Fried Chicken and served it with a Spicy Pepper and Corn Salad from Ralph’s.

  • The salad $4.19 or $2.20 per serve
  • A 10 piece special was $13.98 and we had two piece each, or $2.80 per serve.

A nice lunch for $5.00 per serve.

Dinner

Easter is one of the few times a year when Leg Ham comes on “loss leader” special, so we always take advantage of it. Today we baked it and served with Choucroute.

  • The ham was $10.22 and we’ll get at least 10 serves, or $1.02 per serve
  • The Sauerkraut was $7.99 but we used ⅓ or $1.33 per serve
  • The apple was 51c or 26c per serve
  • The carrots were $1.99 but we used half for four serves, or 25c per serve
  • Add 20c for sherry and other ingredients.

The ham turned out particularly well as did the choucroute. We enjoyed both for $3.06 per serve.

Apr 13: Panini Roll with Egg Salad & Watercress; Rib Eye with Endive, Blue Cheese & Almond Salad

Lunch

For lunch we finished the par baked panini roll and stuffed it with egg salad and watercress.

  • The panini roll is 63c per serve
  • The egg salad is $3.69 for 10 oz and we used 2 oz per serve, or 92c per serve
  • The watercress cost $1.99 and we shared about 1/8 or 12c per serve.

We enjoyed this roll a lot for $1.67 per serve.

Dinner

Because of our crazy schedule this last week, we had “Thursday night steak night” on Saturday! The weather is warming so tonight’s rib eye was grilled to perfection on the outside grill. We served with an Endive, Blue Cheese and Truffled Almond Salad with a Apple Cider Vinegar dressing

  • At 10 oz the rib eye is $8.10 per serve
  • The endive were $2.69 or $1.35 per serve
  • The truffled almonds were $5.99, but we used about ¼ or 75c per serve
  • Blue cheese crumbles are $3.49 and we used about ¼ or 44c per serve
  • Add 30c for apple cider vinegar and oil for the dressing.

A great meal for $10.94 per serve.

Apr 12: Popeye’s Fried Chicken & Beans; Squid Puttanesca

Lunch

We might as well make it an all-take-out lunch week, so Foodie Philip picked up some Popeye’s Fried Chicken on his way home from Burbank.

  • A 10 piece special was $13.98 and we had two piece each, or $2.80 per serve
  • The red beans and rice is $3.99 or $2.00 per serve.

We enjoy Popeyes from time to time, for $4.80 per serve.

Dinner

A return to “Fishy Friday” with Squid Puttanesca. We based the Puttanesca source on Nigella Lawson’s recipe, staring in the squid at the very last minute, allowing it to heat and cook, but remaining tender.

  • The squid was $4.50 or $2.25 per serve
  • Anchovies are $1.59 a can, or 40c per serve
  • Garlic and seasonings add about 10c per serve
  • The pasta was $1.29 or 33c per serve
  • The unseasoned canned tomatoes were $1.00 or 50c per serve
  • A jar of pitted olives is $2.99 but only half is used in the recipe or 38c per serve.

Although a little salty this puttanesca variation worked particularly well, although neither of us particularly liked the tentacles, for $3.96 per serve.

Apr 11: Eggs Benedict; Frozen Indian

Breakfast

Part of our NAB tradition since Foodie Philip’s first trip in 1998, has been a breakfast at the Peppermill restaurant. The first opportunity we had was on our last day, on the way out of town.

Sadly, this is no longer the restaurant we’ve been visiting for 21 years. They have lost the ability to accurately predict table turns (giving an estimate half the reality), to dramatically smaller proportions, and have an obsequious manager who could not really give a damn.

Clearly there has been a change in management and the new owners are nowhere near as competent. We won’t boycott the Peppermill, but we will no longer be seeking it out during an NAB trip.

Breakfast for three cost $52.18 with a smaller-than-average tip and tax, or $17.40 per serve.

Dinner

After the drive home no-one felt like cooking so we each had a frozen Indian dinner from Trader Joe’s. Foodie Philip had the Chicken Tika Masala, while Foodie Greg had the Paneer Tikka Masala. The meals were $3.49 each.