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Solo suppersPosted at 12:02PM, 27 May 2011 by Jessica Gunn - Features editor - olive magazine
Eating alone tonight? I am. For various tedious reasons (that mainly relate to being married to a lawyer), I've been eating on my own a lot of late. And, while I generally pride myself on being an averagely accomplished cook (easy when you have olive up your sleeve), I confess that when it comes to making dinner for one, I find it hard to think further than the possibilities offered to me by the toaster. Or, maybe the grill, if I'm feeling like making an effort.
So over the last week, I've had toast, cheese on toast, boiled egg and Marmite soldiers, and, um, toast with peanut butter... in the hope that peanut butter might count for the protein and vegetable content of my meal. Finally, after I ran out of bread, I really pushed the boat out and made pasta, to which I added pesto (from a jar of course), plus some slightly yellowing broccoli, because I realised I hadn't eaten a vegetable in days and it was all I had in the fridge. (NB: Just for your records, broccoli and pesto aren't a brilliant flavour combination).
if I don't make an effort soon, I will open my cupboards to find shelves stacked with pot noodles, packets of crisps and tins of tuna...
I fear if I don't make an effort soon, I will open my cupboards to find shelves stacked with pot noodles, packets of crisps and tins of tuna, and my transformation into a teenage boy will be complete - a situation I'd obviously like to avoid.
Therefore tonight I'm branching out, and perusing Good Food and olive for solo supper inspiration - including Asian crab rice bowl, Chicken breast with avocado salad, and super-fast yet satisfying, instant tom yum.
What about you other solo diners - is your freezer full of pre-cooked portions for one or do you whip up something lovely every night from scratch? Or like me do you once again reach for the peanut butter and a spoon?