We did! It’s true. We ate out for under $8 for the 4 of us tonight.

OK, so I’m being a little misleading. I packed dinner into the car fridge and cooked it on the free barbecue at a local park. It’s a beautiful autumn day in Melbourne. Sunny and warm, not too windy. Plus I’m sick of cleaning the kitchen. It was great. The Ankle Biters and Bread Winner played happily on the playground while I cooked, we ate, packed up, came home and threw the dishes in the dishwasher. Too easy. I don’t know why we don’t think to do that more often.

Pork, potato and sage “burgers”

1 free range pork fillet
1 free range pork chop
2 large potatoes
large handful sage leaves
rice bran oil

I used a pork fillet and a chop because that’s what I found in the freezer. I cut the fillet into three and bashed it out with a meat tenderiser. That gave me four pieces of pork of roughly burger size.
Peel potatoes and slice so you have a total of 8 thickish slices. Par boil.
Heat barbecue (or fry pan) and cook potato slices until golden brown. Cook sage leaves until crispy. Cook pork until cooked through. Make a burger using a potato slice top and bottom for the bun. Meat in the middle. Sage in the middle and sage on top for garnish.

Serve with a salad.

Simple and delicious. One thing I would do next time is to slice an apple and barbecue the slices to add in. The Bread Winner suggested camembert would be nice too.

Our salad included lettuce, cucumber, carrot, tomato, red onion and capsicum. All ingredients, including sundries such as oil, and dressing came to a grand total of $7.75. That’s $1.94 per head. Almost double the cost of last night’s dinner but still thoroughly respectable.

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