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Takeaway tonight?Posted at 10:30AM, 22 September 2010 by Lily Barclay - Writer, bbcgoodfood.com
Takeaways seem to haunt me a bit like a bad hangover. I wake up with the knowledge that all is not well, and going downstairs to face the greasy, empty cartons is a bit like being offered hair-of-the-dog.
However enjoyable it was the night before, the congealed evidence is a sharp reminder of what your body is currently trying to digest. I just don't have the heart for dealing with the leftovers, which used to work pretty well for my ex-housemate who would microwave them for breakfast. Crispy duck pancakes might not seem like a bad way to start the day, but that's if you haven't over-indulged the night before.
Once you've asked someone to deliver your dinner to your door, there's not much point in holding back on the prawn crackers
And that's what I think my problem comes down to: quantity and the amount you get when ordering in. Once you've taken the step of ringing someone up and asking them to deliver your dinner to your door, there doesn't seem much point in holding back on the prawn crackers. If you're sitting in a restaurant and you can't finish your plate, you're unlikely to remain in picking proximity of it for the rest of the evening.
Eating fish and chips on the beach might be just as fattening, but it somehow manages to feel wholesome, and for that reason I think you're a lot less likely to overdo it. Sitting on the sofa with a film and takeaway food is luxurious in its own guilty way, but it can even give sushi and miso soup a seedy air.
The rise of the luxury takeaway has been big business in recent years (especially pre-recession), and I've had pretty decent dim sum and even coq au vin delivered to my door. But put anything in a tinfoil carton and it has the habit of taking the glamour off. The problem is that you almost always know that you could have whipped something much nicer (and a lot cheaper) up yourself, and if you are going to splash out, why not just go out and do it in style?
All those suffering from a bad hangover might say 'never again', but this time I might just mean it.