This post from Rob has got me fired up. Like so many people these days, he's finding it hard to eat properly thanks to having bugger all time. Now while I happen to think cooking a proper meal is actually fun and a great way to unwind, I perfectly understand people who think it's a pain. Especially if you're cooking for one.
But we know enough about the crap that goes into ready meals to know they are less than good for you. Still - I don't believe cooking something tasty and good for you from scratch (which is also cheaper!) AND having enough time for other stuff has to mutually exclusive. And I'm going to prove it.
So I'm going to post recipes. There are two rules; 1.They have to be no more than half an hour to make, start to finish. 2. They have to be dead easy.
The only reason I'm remotely qualified to do this is that I cook from scratch every day, I work pretty long hours AND fit in tons of exercise. My personal view is that too many cookbooks are full of fancy stuff people will only cook on special occasions. Real people need to know how to make real food.
You won't find any of these recipes in cookbooks, these are meals that have evolved since I ate baked beans out of a cold tin on the first day of university. I've never written them down, which is another reason to do it come to think of it.Hope it's useful. And if anyone has a go, let me know how it went.
I'll start with a simple one. Salmon in a bag. Feeds two. You'll need:
- Two salmon fillets.
- Kitchen foil.
- Handful of Sugarsnap peas (or mange tout, or asparagus)
- Handful of cherry tomatoes.
- Splash of white wine vinegar.
- Dried or fresh (chopped parsley).
Turn your oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
Get a big bit of foil. Enough to cover the base of a baking tray and fold over the top. Put the two pieces of salmon in the middle. Spread the vegetables around them. Splash the vinegar all over the food. Sprinkle a teaspoon of dried parsley over the lot (or a handful of fresh). Fold the foil over to make a sealed bag. Put it in the oven (all this will take no more than five minutes).
25 minutes later. Take the parcel out and serve on plates. That's it (but turn the oven off).