Monday’s finds The semiSerious Foodies in different locations: Philip in Burbank eating In-and-Out while Greg has leftover Indian at home.
Averaging the two meals (there was only Baingan Bharta and rice with peas (peas pull0) left) gives an approximate cost of $4.15 each.
Tonight’s Slut’s Spaghetti is Nigella Lawson’s translation and interpretation of the classic pasta all puttanesca, or whore’s pasta. The name is thought to have come from ‘working girls’ who did not have time to shop or cook, throwing together a pasta dish from pantry items. How scandalous!
The recipe makes a generous four serves.
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
Canned tomatoes were $2.19 or 55c per serve
A jar of pitted olives is $2.99 but only half is used in the recipe or 38c per serve
In between trying to get some work done around the house, we had a side trip to Lowes, so on the way back we tried some local Indian takeout.
Generous serves of chicken tikka masala, Baingan Bharta, garlic naan and rice with peas (peas pull0).
With tax the total was $26.12, but we only finished the naan ($3.26) over two serves. The rest made up four serves for $5.71 a serve. Add half the naan to each serve, and lunch today cost $7.34 a serve.
This is a make-at-home version of Olive Garden’s “Zuppa Toscana.”
It’s a generous recipe making at least six serves. For the protein we used ground pork from our monthly Prather Ranch delivery. Greg also uses half chicken stock and half ‘half-n-half’ instead of the more dairy focused version in the recipe.
1lb Prather Ranch ground pork was $8.55 or $1.43 a serve
Chicken broth $1.99 or 33c per serve
Kale cost $1.99 for the bunch or 33c per serve
Tomatoes were $2.19 as weighed or 37c per serve
Half and half was $1.45 or 24c per serve
Roast garlic bread (five serves) was $2.50 or 50c per serve
Potatoes $2.40 or 40c per serve
Add 10c per serve for herbs and seasonings.
Tonight’s dinner cost $3.70 per serve. It’s an excellent soup and well worth the effort.
We returned to a lunch that we had a lot when Philip was trying to lose weight. Alton Brown claims it was instrumental in him losing weight (intentionally).
Our iteration featured Trader Joe’s Lightly Smoked Sardines, on an English Muffin with hass avocado. The slight smokiness makes the sardines a little more interesting.
The sardines cost $1.69 or 85c per serve
An English Muffin is 50c per serve
The avocado was 48c or 24c a serve.
Lunch today cost $1.59 per serve.
It was our night for our monthly get together with a friend, so we ate at Gordon Birsch again. Because we weren’t on camera, we ordered a burger again. The Gastro Pub burger is a great burger so we had it again this time.
The burger is $12.25 but with tax and tip about $15.80.
We were recording another Lunch with Philip and Greg so we ate out for the second day running. Today we recorded in Gordon Biesch and we both had the Beer Battered Fish and Chips. That’s their picture featured above.
Atlantic cod dipped in märzen batter and fried, with tartar sauce, apple cider slaw and salt & pepper fries
The batter was appropriately crispy, the fries (regular) are always good, and our coleslaw was served in another small bowl, preventing fries or batter from becoming soggy.
On the menu for $16.75 the reality is much closer to $22 with tax and tip. It’s a huge serve and, although we didn’t finish everything on the plate, we both felt over filled afterward.
One reason we chose the dish was because it’s not something we’d ever cook at home. Maintaining oil for frying, and safe conditions to fry in, is more effort than most fried food is worth. So, it’s an eat out/take out treat for us.
That stuffed-full-of-food feeling didn’t go away, despite burning up some energy at our new home. So we postponed the planned dinner until tomorrow night.
We ultimately had a ‘Quesadilla’ of flatbread, refried beans, salsa and cheddar. We last did this for lunch on Jan 20th where it cost $1.49 per serve.
Another indulgent Friday: wild caught smoked salmon on an English muffin with a poached egg on top. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to fake a ‘hollandaise’ taste with the egg and it was delicious.
Smoked salmon – normally $6.99 but Greg bought it for $5.99 on special or $3.00 a serve
The English muffin is 50c a serve
Our organic eggs are 50c each, and we had two for $1 per serve.
Lunch cost $4.50 a serve for smoked salmon.
We went back to a recipe we haven’t had for about two years: Lemon soup with Lamb. Initially we tried this soup because of the unusual way it is thickened: with eggs.
Greg used meyer lemons – give to us by a friend – instead of regular lemons and they are perfect for this recipe. The slight sweetness and reduced tartness of the meyer lemon really works in the recipe. We also used spinach off the balcony garden which was sliced and placed in the bottom of the bowl. We also used orzo instead of larger pasta and dropped the cream. It’s not needed.
Lamb shoulder $8.57 or $4.29 a serve
Onion, carrot and celery about 30c a serve
Organic chicken stock $2.30 or $1.15 a serve
Lemons and spinach – zero
Orzo pasta is $2 a 16 oz box, and 1/4 was used or 25c a serve