Dec 26: Heuvos Rancheros; French Onion Soup with French Brie on a Hot Panini Roll

Lunch

For lunch we had Heuvos Rancheros from Via La Fiesta nearby for $10.00 per serve with tax and tip.

Dinner

Another cold night requires a warming soup and tonight we chose French Onion Soup.

This recipe will make six serves.

  • Onions were $2.49 or 42c per serve
  • Organic Stock was $4.98 or 83c per serve
  • A cup of wine is 80c or 13c per serve
  • The Panini Roll is 63c each
  • The perfectly ripe French Brie was $6.47 and we ate most of what was left, or $1.62 per serve

A flavorsome, warming Soup that was enhanced by the Panini Roll and ripe Brie, for $3.63 per serve.

Dec 25: Duck Breast, Roast Apple and Shallot with Wilted Swiss Chard; Stilton, Duck Pate, Stilton, Salamis, Brie and other deliciousness

Lunch

The Foodies had a quiet Christmas at home together. For lunch we souse vidé two Duck Breasts until they were a perfect medium rare. They were then bought to temperature, skin side down, to crispen the skin and render out the fat, which was then used to wilt the Swiss Chard.

Combine with a Baked Apple, a baked Shallot and Wilted Swiss Chard it was a very balanced and flavorsome meal.

  • The Duck Breasts were $13.59, or $6.80 per serve
  • The Swiss Chard was $2.49 and used ⅔ or 83c per serve
  • Granny Smith Apples were $1.47 or 74c per serve
  • Shallots were $1.14 or 57c per serve.

An extremely enjoyable meal for $8.94 per serve. We’ll certainly be adding more Duck to our diet now that we have a foolproof way of preparing it.

Dinner

After a more formal lunch, the Foodies opted for a “grazing” style meal with an array of meats, cheeses and fruit.

  • Almonds cost $5.99, but we only used about 1/8th the pack, or 38c per serve
  • Caramelized Onion Cheddar was $3.95, but we used only ⅓ as it didn’t really fit with the rest of the meal, or 65c per serve
  • The Asian Pear was $1.98 for two, or 50c per serve
  • The perfectly ripe French Brie was $6.47 and we ate about half, or $1.62 per serve
  • The Olives were $3.96 but we only used ¼ or 50c per serve
  • Duck Mousse Pate was $8.99 and we consumed half, or $2.25 per serve
  • The Stilton was $3.29 and we used half, or 83c per serve
  • The Salami and Parma Ham was $9.99 or $4.50 per serve
  • Add another $1.00 for grapes and Dave’s Killer Bread.

We ate way too much of this deliciousness for $12.23 per serve.

Dec 23: Steak & Stout/Curried Chicken Pies; Cauliflower Cheddar Soup

Lunch

As Aussies, a cold miserable day calls for a nice meat pie. Foodie Greg had Trader Joe’s Chicken Balti, while Foodie Philip had the Steak and Stout.

Trader Joe’s pies are $6.49 for two or $3.25 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we repeated the Cauliflower Cheddar Soup for $2.59 per serve.

Dec 22: Fiesta Burrito; Cauliflower Cheddar Soup

Lunch

For lunch we picked up two Steak Fiesta Burritos from Sharkey’s for $15.96 per serve with tax and tip.

Dinner

Cold rainy weather is perfect for soup, and tonight’s choice was Cauliflower Cheddar Soup. We roasted the Cauliflower before incorporating it in the soup.

The soup makes five serves.

  • The organic cauliflower was $3.23 or 65c per serve
  • The Old Crock cheddar was $5.45 or $1.09 per serve
  • Chicken broth is $1.99 per carton, or 40c per serve
  • Add 20c per serve for onion, garlic, celery and carrots
  • Add 25c per serve for seasonings.

A really good soup for $2.59 per serve.

Dec 21: Smoked Trout, Guacamole & Bean Sprouts; Spicy-Sweet Sambal Pork Noodles with Bok Choy

Lunch

For lunch we each had a Smoked Trout, Guacamole & Bean Sprout Sandwich.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • The Guacamole Snack Packs are $3.99 for six, and we used one each, or 67c per serve
  • The Sprouts are $2.99 and we use ¼ per sandwich, or 38c per serve
  • We shared a $3.49 can of Smoked Trout, or $1.75 per serve
  • Add 30c for Garlic Spread.

An enjoyable sandwich for $3.76 per serve.

Dinner

Dinner tonight featured a new recipe, Sambal Pork Noodles, and served it with Bok Choy.

  • The pork came from our Keller Crafted meat delivery – 1 lb of ground pork cost $8.31 or $4.16 per serve
  • The Bok Choy was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • The Yaki Soba Noodles were $2.99 and we shared ⅔, or $1.00 per serve
  • Add 55c for seasoning.

Foodie Philip felt it needed more seasoning, but Foodie Greg was happy with it as it was. Full of flavor, it was good for $6.71 per serve.

Dec 20: Supermarket Sushi; Soba Soup with Shrimp and Greens

Lunch

Foodie Greg picked up a tray of Albacore Tuna Sashimi and a Cucumber Avocado Roll for $9.99 per serve.

Dinner

For “Fishy Friday” we returned to the Soba Soup with Shrimp and Greens.

  • 1 lb of shrimp is $10.99,  or $2.75 per serve
  • The Dashi (Kombu and Bonito) was $7.99 and we used 2/7, or $1.14 per serve
  • Pastured Eggs are 51c per serve
  • Soba Noodles are $3.29 and we used about ⅓ or 55c per serve
  • Dandelion Greens were $3.49 and we used half, or 88c per serve
  • Add $1.00 for other ingredients.

A tasty broth, perfect Shrimp and Egg, make this a good dish for $6.83 per serve.

Dec 19: Bean Sprouts & Hummus, Kumato & Cheddar; Beef Massaman Curry

Lunch

Today we returned to the familiar and tasty: Been Sprouts & Hummus, Kumato & Cheddar.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • The Hummus was $3.99 and we used ¼ or 50c per serve
  • The Old Croc is $4.99 and we shared half, or 63c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • The Sprouts are $2.99 and we use ¼ per sandwich, or 38c per serve
  • Add 30c for Garlic Spread.

Two decent half sandwiches for $2.82 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we returned to a favorite: Beef Massaman Curry.

  • The beef was $8.84, or $4.42 per serve
  • The curry is $3.38 per can or $1.69 per serve
  • Coconut milk is $1.69 per can or 85c per serve
  • Peanuts were $2.99 but we only used half, or 75c per serve
  • Peal onion adds 20c per serve
  • Brown rice adds 33c per serve.

This is probably our favorite curry for $8.24 per serve.

Dec 18: Tuna & Swiss, Kumato & Cheddar; Brown Rice Congee with Shiitake, Ground Beef and Garlic Chips

Lunch

For lunch we shared two toasted sandwiches: Tuna & Swiss and a Kumato & Cheddar.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • The Old Croc is $4.99 and we shared half, or 63c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • The Tuna Pouch is 99c or 50c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add another 40c for Capers & Garlic Spread.

A pair of decent sandwiches for $2.88 per serve.

Dinner

Although there was a period we had congee quite regularly, but we haven’t had this since March of 2017! It was time to give it another go with Brown Rice Congee and Ground Beef with Shiitake Mushrooms and Greens.

We substituted Chard for the greens, and added a poached egg.

  • The mushrooms were $3.99 or $2.00 per serve
  • Brown rice adds 50c per serve
  • Stock adds $1.00 per serve
  • The Chard was $2.49 and we used about half, or 63c per serve
  • Add 35 for garlic, ginger and seasoning
  • Eggs add 51c per serve.

Dinner tonight was very satisfying with good flavor, and cost $4.99 per serve.

Dec 17: Sweet & Spicy Tuna with Swiss/Chicken Noodle Soup

Lunch

The Foodies made different choices for lunch today. Foodie Philip chose a toasted Sweet & Spicy Tuna with Swiss, while Foodie Greg had a tetra pack Chicken Noodle Soup. Both were good.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • The Tuna Pouch is 99c
  • Add another 40c for Capers & Garlic Spread.

The sandwich was great at $2.05, while the Soup was $2.49, or an average of $2.27 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we repeated the White Chili from last night, for $1.92 per serve.