Good Food Blog
Can one be fun?Posted at 2:15PM, 28 June 2010 by Eva Caiden - Writer and blogger
My partner's recent work trip left me with a whole week of cooking for one, something I rarely do these days. It would have been easy to resort to ready meals, takeaways or even my favourite student standby - a bowl of cereal. But my tastes have improved a bit and, fortunately, so has my budget. So I set myself the challenge of cooking each night and where better for inspiration than bbcgoodfood.com.
Being time-poor doesn't have to mean eating on the go
Home and hungry after a busy Monday and already I was regretting the challenge. But being time-poor doesn't have to result in eating on the go. Tomato, spinach & mascarpone gnocchi sounded delicious and filling, and I could have had it on the table in 20 minutes. But for sheer speed and ease, it had to be a cracking Beef stir-fry - whipped up in just 10 minutes, and with the added bonus that there was enough left for lunch the next day.
We all enjoy certain foods our partners detest. Mine loves bananas but I hate the smell. He's the same if I fancy mackerel. So we each tend to avoid those foods when we're together. So on Tuesday, with the coast clear, I tucked in to Smoked mackerel risotto.
By Wednesday I was seeing the benefits of single suppers. Normally steak is reserved for weekends and very special occasions. But cooking for one is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a prime cut of fillet or rib eye - without the guilt of the price tag. Teamed with basil hollandaise and a stack of sweet potato wedges, not to mention a glass of red, it's a meal fit for a king... or a queen.
After a few nights of indulgence, it was time to get back on track - surprisingly easy when I could choose the ingredients I wanted with no fear of grumbling from a 'hungry' partner. Thursday's supper was Thai chicken salad - with only 128 kcals per serving I felt I could also treat myself to a few squares of posh chocolate!
Five days in and the novelty was beginning to wear off - I needed the foodie equivalent of a hug. There are few dishes more comforting than a plate of Bangers & mash with masses of onion gravy. Also tempting was a hearty Butter bean soup with pancetta with a hunk of bread spread with salty butter.
So that's how I survived my week of singleton suppers. Does it sound like a dream or a drudge? And what's your favourite meal for one?