You probably read where I said that I was going to try to keep track of how much I spent on food this week. Wow, it isn't as easy as I thought. But I am working on it, the problem is that I don't remember what I paid for some things. So I am backtracking and working on it, so instead of a daily report I think a weekly summary will have to be it. For example, I made bean with chard soup, well, it got some water added to it and some more vegetables and it ended up becoming 8 big helpings of soup for less than 5 pesos each. The way I decided to deal with water is to assume that one and half of those 3 garafons we use weekly is consumed by me, so I am just charging myself 4 pesos a day for water. When in doubt I am rounding up, like I said this isn't scientific, if I do it again, I will have a better database to work from.
After all that maligning of the humble lentil and brown rice combo I made spicy brown rice and lentil patties for lunch but I meant to use a Robert sauce, which I usually use on pork chops on them but decided to wing it so I just used some sherry, mustard and beef base thickened with a roux, it was good but not a classic French sauce by any means. I also used slices of the bread I baked earlier this week as trenchers so it was a sort of open face sandwich. We had my favorite multiple choice salad this time with apples, dried cranberries, Costco grated Italian cheese mix and pine nuts for the choices and of course the bean and chard soup. Until I can get more accurate, I think I spent $14.75 each for lunch. Breakfast and cena (including my 4 pesos for daily water) came to 22.00 so Wednesday I spent $34.75 which is about $3.21 usd. Remember this is per person. I am not trying to save money, just wondering how much I really do spend.
By the way, lentils and brown rice are more expensive here than in California with lentils being $16.20 a kilo for the large ones and $13.40 for the small ones. Brown rice is $10.85 for a kilo package.