Sunday, January 29, 2012

Weekly Menu - January 29

Here's what's on the menu for this week around here.

Last week the menu got messed up because I got sick during the week. The black-eyed peas for Friday didn't get cooked, so they are back for this week.

Sunday Goan Beef Curry Cardamom, fennel, cloves, cinnamon, fenugreek, black pepper, cumin, onions, garlic, ginger, tri-tip strips, turmeric, chili powder, coconut milk, potatoes
Monday Lentils and Sausage Spices, onions, garlic, ginger, tri-tip, coconut milk, potatoes
Tuesday Drunken Noodles Rice noodles, garlic, eggplant, bell pepper, tofu, fish sauce, kecap manis, soy sauce, sambal oelek
Wednesday Mushroom and  Sausage Pasta Mushrooms, porcinis, red wine, stock, olive oil, shallots, garlic, sausage, sour cream, pasta
Thursday Reshteh from freezer Soup and roasted vegetables
Friday Black-eye Peas and Bulgur Bulgur, black-eye peas, canned tomatoes, red onion, walnuts, spices, sausage, potato, sambal oelek
Saturday Five Spice Ginger Beef Flank steak, orange juice, Hoisin sauce, ginger, 5 spice, chili paste, rice vinegar, soy sauce, rice
Sunday Cinnamon Pork w/Prunes Pork chops, spices, shallots, butter, prunes, white wine, chicken stock, couscous

New on the menu are  Drunken Noodles, the Black-eyed peas and the Cinnamon Pork w/Prunes. The Reshteh is a Persian mixed lentil and greens soup we made for New Years and then froze about half of it to enjoy later. I'll be roasting some fennel and carrots in pomegranate molasses to go with it.

There's not many meatless meals, though in two I just have sausage as a condiment supporting lentils  and mushrooms. Drunken noodles, Reshteh and Black-eyed peas are meatless.

Here's how the costs break down:

Meal Serves Cost Cost/serving
Goan Beef Curry 4 $8.53 $2.13
Lentils and Sausage 4 $2.49 $0.62
Drunken Noodles 2 $3.61 $1.81
Mushroom and Sausage Pasta 6 $7.08 $1.18
Reshteh from freezer 12 $10.65 $0.89
Black-eye Peas and Bulgur 4 $4.01 $1.00
Five Spice Ginger Beef 2 $6.80 $3.40
Cinnamon Pork w/Prunes 4 $4.91 $1.23

Things with meat cost most, especially things with beef.  The 5-spice ginger beef is double or triple other meals entirely due to the cost of the flank steak. The pork & prunes don't end up costing so much because the pork chops were super cheap. The mushroom pasta is the surprise higher ticket item because of the mushrooms (over $3.00) and the sour cream. The sausage adds only .86 cents to the entire meal. It does serve a large number. Things with beans are the cheapest (lentils and sausage, reshteh, black-eyed peas.  The tofu dish is more costly, despite the lack of meat, because of many fresh vegetables and a lot of condiments that collectively add up.What do we do with the extra servings? Lunches, snacks and freezing.

I'm about to sit down to the Goan Curry, which has been bubbling away in a crock pot since noon.  It has certainly made the house smell divine, so I suspect it will taste yummy.


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