Thursday, October 25, 2012

Actually, some nights I just eat like this.

It's not all coordinated meals and new recipes around here. Sometimes I just want what an old friend of mine always called a snicky-snack meal. I love to cook, especially for someone who truly appreciates it. It's almost a meditative experience and I can become fully lost in the process. But I have to admit that when I'm on my own, I really don't like to cook at all. Even scrambling an egg feels like too much effort. So generally, I don't. No stove and oven, no pots and pans, no chopping and sautéeing. Just some easy food and a movie. Best of all, there is virtually no clean up. I don't know whether this represents a needed balance in my life or utter laziness. And I'm not sure I care.

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  1. That's what leftovers are for - the times when you really don't want to cook. I even freeze some for moments of unforeseen slackness.

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    1. I don't even want leftovers - even heating things up fels like a stretch.

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  2. i am shocked! :^)

    this already sounds like balance.

    i love a bowl of popcorn that size. and after all, you did have to cut the cheese....

    love
    kj

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    1. Normally, I just bite the string cheese into pieces. :-)

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  3. smiles...we had an easy meal tonight a quick throw together so we could watch chicago fire together...i like it easy some nights too...

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  4. " Just some easy food and a movie. Best of all, there is virtually no clean up."

    Sounds exactly like me!

    I'm not a big cook myself, so easy and fast is usually the way I go. Often I'll just throow odds and ends together and call it meal :)

    Hope you had a grrrrrreat day!

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    1. I suspect that if I lived alone permanently, I'd find a way to invite people over now and again just so I could cook!

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  5. oh i feel ya. over the summer when the hub and kids were all gone i could hardly be bothered. although a couple of times i did indulge myself with things they hate to eat but i love.

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    1. I'm fortunate that my younger son is pretty open to anything I want to cook and that the guy I've been seeing will happily eat anything I make.

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    1. Wheat Thins and slices of string cheese. Also, pickles, kalamata olives, a dolmade, and dried apricots.

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  7. That's why I always like when hubby went out of town for a few days; I didn't have to plan a meal and could put together whatever I wanted to eat or not eat for a few days; totally relaxing experience I do believe! I think I see most of the major food groups there too represented one way or another!

    betty

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    1. It's very freeing. And yes, I think I have the food groups mostly covered. I still generally eat healthy food when I'm alone, just not complicated food.

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  8. A snicky snack is a great description. I'm rarely alone for dinner, but popcorn or cheese and crackers were my top choices when I was single. Easy and filling.

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    1. I've discovered that if I air pop the popcorn and toss it with olive oil and salt it is really good and fairly healthy.

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    2. i'm in love with this idea which i never for a moment considered. xo

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  9. I love cooking but only if someone will be sharing the meal with me. For myself I'd just have a sandwich.

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    1. I feel just that way - it's only fun if you are sharing.

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  10. I seem to have lost touch with you and I'm so glad to find you again. I'm finish up a five month stay in Jaipur, India and, before that, after 2-1/2 months home, I spent four months in Mumbai ( fabulous romance with a wonderful man way too young for me! ). At any rate, I'll be home at least six months this time to wait for my first grandchild to arrive.

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  11. When Jenny's away I either have instant meals (like a cheese and onion pie, potatoes and peas), or I'll cook a proper meal that lasts for a couple of days. I actually quite like cooking for myself, if it's just for a week or so.

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    1. I never, never cook a "proper meal" for just me - I don't want to have to eat it several days in a row.

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  12. I would never have guessed this from you. Nice to know that it's not all gourmet everyday at your place!

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    1. Oh, no, not at all. I have a big old streak of lazy in me.

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  13. The important thing is that you made wise choices.
    Sometimes we have a meal like this... just what we call "whore devours". A plate of healthy but snacky foods to share. It goes perfectly with a movie.

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    1. Everything in that meal was good for me, so I don't feel bad about it. And it's fun filling the plate with treats like that.

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  14. my dinner tonight is potato chips and peanut butter and a Tom Selleck movie. ta da! not even very healthy or intellectually stimulating.

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    1. Peanut butter isn't exactly bad for you. And Tom Selleck? What's wrong with that?

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  15. This is good to know. I really started to think your foodie characteristic dominated all your eating. Being lazy is good balance but as you so correctly stated at the end - who cares.

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    1. I like the foodie part of me, but I have my limits.

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  16. Balance all the way. I balance myself like that on a regular basis.

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  17. Cheese and crackers, plus maybe grapes or apple slices is one of my favorite snickity snack meals :)

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    1. I often add fruit, but didn't want what I had in the house that particular night (other than the dried apricots).

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  18. That there looks like my ideal dinner. :)

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  19. I see popcorn, olives, Triscuits and wine...Perfect meal!

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  20. Phew, on this, I can relate with you. That looks like the kind of meal I'd prepare for myself...well for the family if they'd have it.

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  21. sounds just like me. i hardly every cooked all these years because i generally lived on my own. its only fun to cook when there are people to enjoy the meal.

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