I've cooked meals almost every night since July 1975 that's 43 years. 38 of those with Colin.
Say averaging 300 meals year (allowing for not cooking on Sundays just recently, takeaways, holidays and meals out with family etc) multiplied by 43 years, I make that roughly 12,900 meals planned, cooked and served, probably more.
That's why, newly alone, I've had enough of cooking a full meal, often with meat, at a set time and will gratefully never eat mashed potatoes ever again......especially with cold meat and pickles!
On the other hand I don't want to eat supermarket ready meals, things in packets or raw food for the rest of my life either. I'm a live-to-eat sort of person rather than an eat-to-live, in fact I like food (some would say too much given that I'm overweight!).
I don't like meal planning either.................. I know....shame on me!
So now I'm on my own I've been eating things...............
- that are shoved in the oven easy, like chicken thighs, fish, fish cakes, veggie/nut burgers, pizza with home made topping.
- or pasta with home made sauces that I batch cook and freeze.
- every now and again I make a quiche which serves me for several days or
- cook sausages to have once hot for dinner and then cold for lunches
- or do a stir-fry with a chicken breast.(buying 1 carrot at a time!)
- And the other day in honour of John (Going Gently) I made scotch eggs!
But what to do about veg? I've got new potatoes, green beans and courgettes in the garden at the moment but not for every day and I've twice forgotten about fresh carrots lurking in the fridge drawer (Tut tut at the food waste!) and if I was to buy a whole cabbage or cauliflower I would be fed up with it before it was finished and as for a big bag of potatoes, that's something I'll never buy again.
To the rescue came these just 82p for 1kg and perfectly good, no waste, quick to cook too.
And these....................no waste here either.
By the way...............I'm still baking cakes........that's a totally different thing!
Any debate on healthy eating for one probably doesn't include cakes!
Coincidentally, a phone conversation with Eldest Daughter during the week, before she arrived to stay yesterday, went like this...............
Me "I'm shopping later what shall I get in for Jacob apart from yoghurt".
E.D "I was going to stop on the way up and get something to cook for us for Saturday dinner because I don't expect you are eating properly".
Me "Of course I'm eating...............probably too much!"
E.D. " I can imagine you just eating meals from the freezer".
Me "well yes, most of the dinner does come out of the freezer but I've got batches of tomato and aubergine sauce and bolognese sauce in there that I've made and home made pizza topping and Asda nut burgers which are delicious in a bread bap loaded up with my Red Hot Relish and tomato, cucumber and lettuce - By the way I've got loads of tomatoes and cucumbers in the greenhouse so don't buy those"
I can't remember how this discussion ended. But it so up hot driving up that she didn't feel like stopping for shopping at all!
PS Whoop Whoop we had good rain yesterday from 8.30pm and fantastic thunder and lightning.
( Which meant no sign of the lunar eclipse!)