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:
|Goan Beef Curry||4||$8.53||$2.13|
|Lentils and Sausage||4||$2.49||$0.62|
|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.