Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Dinner at the Penthouse - vegetarian stuffed peppers

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I don't know why this popped into my head, but I suddenly wanted to know exactly how much our meal cost for the night, maybe because we just went shopping at the French soldes.  We made vegetarian stuffed peppers, and it is a totally glorious and wonderfully decadent meal.  On the side we had roquette lettuce with balsamic vinegar dressing and chopped red onions.

The breakdown (euros):
4 peppers: 3.25
a little rice: 0.10
some onion: 0.20
half a pumpkin: 1.60
can of black beans: 0.80
small can of corn: 0.56
spices*: 0.20
*a meat curry spice (evidentally it resembles mexican spices) and spanish spice

roquette (1 pre-washed bag): 1.80
oil/vinegar/salt: .10
1/4 red onion: 0.35

galette des rois (store bought): 6.90

Grand total = 15.86 euros!*
*for 4 people = 3.97 each!

The splurges for the night were the Galette des Rois and the pre-washed roquette.

Being that it is the season for Galette des Rois and we all just got back from the holidays, we thought it would be a nice treat. The Galette des Rois is also known as a Three Kings cake and is a frangipane filled/buttery crust delight that is eaten after Ephiphany. The cake is baked with a fève (little ceramic toy) inside of it and whoever gets that little guy inside their piece becomes the king and has to wear a crown! The youngest member of the dinner party has to sit under the table and calls out one by one who gets served each piece! That way there is no cheating! Last year, I had a Star Wars themed one that had a Star Wars crown and an ewok fève inside!

For those feeling adventurous, you can see a recipe on Serious Eats!

The roquette is only expensive because it was pre-washed and we could have bought it for less in bulk. I am weird about lettuce being crisp, so I tend to always vote for bagged lettuce.

So there you have it, that is dinner at the Penthouse on a Wednesday night!


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