When we woke up this morning, in addition to making our usual lentils for breakfast, I had another thing to prepare–our Holy Sh*t Pork Cheeks for tonight! When you’re on a budget and buying cheap cuts of meat and plan to come home hungry, the slow cooker is a girl’s best friend. It turned out to be a nasty rainy day and I was coming down with some sort of illness, so sitting at work all day remembering the deliciousness boiling away at home made me very happy.
Lunch was another Chicken Bahn Mi–I was going to branch out and use the leftover steak, but B liked these so much, and I figured we had plenty of chicken, so I tossed the rest of the ribeyes and fixed up another Chicken Sandwich. To go with it we had some leftover grilled bok choi, leftover grilled masa cakes, oranges and bananas. That was the end of the fruit, and I knew it would not due to run out of fruit–B would give up the challenge instantly, so I ran down to the farm market by my office and spent another $4.22 (Total: $52.29) to pick up four more bananas, a pound of grapes and a bag full of potatoes. Reason for potatoes? Umm, yeah, this is why I’d be bad at living on a budget. I just bought potatoes for absolutely no good reason. Yes, I’m still well within the budget, but there was simply no reason to buy them. I probably won’t use them before the end of the challenge. I just like potatoes, so I got them.
Okay, so back to dinner. In addition to the pork cheeks–which I made with roasted jalapenos instead of chipotle peppers, since I hadn’t bought those and it was easy to roast the peppers, I made a salsa of jalapenos, cucumbers, lime juice and cilantro. Aside from being horrifyingly spicy, it was delicious. After realizing I may have over done the spice there, I made a big batch of caramelized onions and garlic to cool off our tacos. Then I made my homemade tortillas.
I don’t own a tortilla press, I love making mine the way the little old ladies in the markets in Guatemala do–by slapping them back and forth in my hands. They end up a little more rusticly shaped and a little smaller, but they are way more fun to make and they taste delicious!
All in all, day 3 was another breeze, other than the end of the fruit, though I think that problem is solved. I made a casserole for tomorrow nights dinner (you’ll hear about that tomorrow), so I really only have one dinner left to go and a fair amount of food–mostly vegetables, so we’ll see how that goes. As for the $7.71 left? I could buy some meat for Friday, but it’s more likely I will put it toward a bottle of wine for that night.