The Accountant's Garden

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

You know which store has a surprisingly good selection of vegetarian meat substitutes? Yep, Target does. So that's where we went this week. We spent $125 on groceries, but we will most likely need to visit a farmer's market later in the week.

Monday, February 20, 2012

I finished the week of grocery shopping, having to return once to Piedmont Grocery, and spent an additional $31.20 for milk, bread, yogurt, bananas, and greens. That brings last week's total to $155.

This week's menu will incorporate two items from last week that did not get cooked. So that might be a bit unfair to the grocery total for this week. This week's meals:
  • Curry chicken over couscous
  • Spicy winter ragout and spaghetti tossed with olive oil
  • Spaghetti & meatballs with green salad
  • Lentil soup & muffins or biscuits or bread
  • Coconut chicken with rice and broccoli
  • Vegetable goat cheese tart

And, I will be working on the menu, to alter it a little bit, because some of the items are not big hits (i.e. the fish). Here is a scanned copy of the menu that I'll be starting with. Never mind the scribbles; that was from an earlier time. I do think that I may take out the fish and add in things like enchiladas and maybe fish fajitas, because DH really seems to like those.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

My first trip shopping at Piedmont Grocery was not as glorious as I had hoped it would be. I found the selection of vegetarian options less interesting than those offered at Lucky. However, their meat counter and cheese department are wonderful, as is their selection of gourmet snacks. I didn't buy any of those things, though.

I just stuck to my shopping list and spent $92.28. Earlier today, I made my weekly trip to the farmer's market and purchased $24 worth of fruit, vegetables, fish, and bread. Rudy purchased a Quorn "roast" at Rocky's market for $7.29, and we'll add that in to the total, since I couldn't find an appropriate meat "roast" at Piedmont Grocery.

Birthday cake for Grandpop's birthday party. Woo hoo!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I finished up week #2 of shopping at Lucky. Apparently, I wasn't very organized last weekend, because I had to make three (!) additional trips into the grocery to restock on bread, bananas, and milk. Oh, and it was my week to provide the snack for E's Japanese class. So I spent $6.66, $9.62, and $24.88, bringing the weekly total to $162.

Oh my! That's $1 more than the average weekly spend at Whole Foods!

Moving along... I need to decide where to shop next. I guess I'll try out Piedmont Grocery and see if it's really as expensive as I think it will be. Here's this week's menu:
  • Roast Ribs of Beef (I'll probably cook up Gardein's Meatless Beef Tips) with roasted potatoes and broccoli
  • Pan roasted salmon and sweet onions with peas and rice
  • Southeast Asian soup and fresh bread
  • Chili and cornbread with coleslaw
  • Curried chicken with mashed potatoes and carrots
  • Spicy Winter Ragout served over spaghetti

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Another week of shopping at Lucky. It's not so bad, now that I've spent some time locating my usual purchases in the Lake Merritt store. $121.70 this trip, and I should be set until late in the week. Upcoming menu items will be:

  • Chicken enchiladas with beans and rice
  • Pan roasted chicken with a spinach salad and carrots
  • Minestrone soup and corn muffins
  • Spaghetti and meatballs with a spinach salad
  • Lemony goat cheese chicken with roasted potatoes and peas
  • Vegetable ziti gratin

Thursday, February 02, 2012

There are so many places to shop, I realized as I was driving through town the other night. You can get groceries in this town at Lucky, Safeway, Whole Foods, Piedmont Grocery, Village Market, Farmer Joe's, Trader Joe's, Grocery Outlet, and Walmart. And that's just Oakland! If you expand into Berkeley and Emeryville (not too far to drive, really), then you can also include Berkeley Bowl, Pack & Save, Target, and Andronico's. 

What's the point? you may ask. Well, it seems very hard to do four weeks of the experiment at each location, although that would take me through the whole year of buying and cooking. While I'm okay with taking the experiment that far, my menu will change as we get into the summer months. I'm not interested in eating meatloaf, soup, or roasts in hot weather, nor am I interested in cooking that much in the summer.

Anyhow, I made my second trip to Lucky this week, this time visiting the larger and more recently remodeled store on 18th Avenue, near Lake Merritt. I found the store selection to be much more expansive, the meat department smelled better, and the store seemed neater and cleaner. What I didn't like was the panhandler in the parking lot, asking me for spare change, while I tried to herd my three small children out of the car. I spent $32.69 on this trip, bringing my weekly total to $136.44.

I also have a small confession: I visited Target yesterday, on the task of procuring a new waffle iron. They had a new section with "Value Packs" of Z-bars and Annie's bunny snacks. I couldn't resist. I spent $44 on snacks that will probably last for the next two to three weeks.