Cooking tips for the lazy
February 27, 2012. No comments.
I know some people like nothing more than slaving over a hot stove conjuring up a gourmet feast for 20 but that’s not me. Not just after I get back from tour anyway. (And it also means you miss out on all the other interesting things going on – like chatting to friends and drinking wine….)
But I do like eating, and I’m basically a meat and 2 veg kind of girl, so I thought I’d share with you some techniques that I have perfected over the years with a few simple objectives in mind:
1. It’s quick
2. It’s easy
3. It’s healthy
4.It makes minimum mess and washing up
5. It goes with wine
These usually involve lots of chopping and peeling and finding the compost bin (and have you actually TRIED using a left-handed peeler?) So first buy some already chopped veg in a packet. Plop in a sieve and run under the cold tap. Place in one of those new fangled veg steaming microwave bags (a plastic bag as far as I can see) and microwave for 2 minutes. There.
Scrubbing and peeling be gone. Baked spuds are great. Put in oven and go and do something else for an hour. You can also buy frozen mashed – actual – potato to microwave if you are in a hurry or good old fashioned oven chips (not too unhealthy.. are they?). Or you can forget the carbs and do ‘food combining’ which apparently gives you more energy and makes you slimmer. Just eat meat and green veg.
Pop in a saucpan of boiling water. Go away and sing a 3 minute song. Come back and their done.
Sirloin steak. Why save it for a night out? Just show it the frying pan and eat.
Lamb and pork chops need to sit for a bit longer but basically the same. Don’t forget to open the back door. Organic chicken legs. Put in oven for 40 minutes and then eat.
Tastes best when you catch it yourself, but with the above brief in mind I recommend smoked salmon or prawns.
None of this is right on, particularly environmentally friendly or in any way laudable, but it does mean you eat quite nice food if you have a tendency to get bored during the cooking process, go on facebook and burn everything to a cinder.
Should you accidentally end up with a load of washing up and someone is due round for a visit you can always hide it in the oven.
Um, I think I am spent. And my fishcakes are ready.