Earlier this week I invited my team from work home for a Christmas lunch. As it is every year, cooking produce from the garden was the focus for the meal.
In total, I did a three course lunch as follows:
- home-baked focaccia
- home-made hummus dip
- home-made baked beetroot dip
- slow roasted shoulder of pork
- parsnip and green beans, pan-fried with honey
- baked potatoes
- carrots with vinegar and sesame seeds
- beetroot salad with feta and walnuts
- home-made apple chutney
- tomato and tamarind chutney
- eton mess, with home-baked meringue and mulberries
Other than what we already had in my pantry, these were the only items I had to buy:
- 5kg of pork ($10/kg from my local meat wholesaler)
- a 2kg bag of potatoes
- a tub of greek yoghurt
- two tubs of cream
- a block of feta
That’s it! All up, it worked out to be less than $10/head, which I think is pretty good going 🙂
It definitely proves the value of growing what you eat, with the freshness of the ingredients a big extra benefit.
PS. sorry no photos — too busy cooking all day!