Ready in minutes meal ideas

Friday 16 December 2011
The great thing about working from home is the proximity to the kitchen. The downside to working from home is the proximity to the kitchen. While I'm pounding away on the keyboard, it's oh so easy to get tempted by the pantry and fridge. In fact, it's probably the only exercise I get now that it's constantly cold and wet outside. One consolation though. I sometimes jog to my kitchen which takes me all of 3 seconds.

Lately, I haven't been all that impressed with the local cafes and restaurants. They charge far too much for rather average meals. In fact, a local self professed French type cafe served me a single slice of stale bread dipped in oil with a few soggy strawberries on the side that my god-daughter stole from my plate and promptly spat out. That was the worst French toast I'd ever had in my life.

The other day, I was starving (a common occurrence in winter) and only had leftovers in the pantry.  There was a bit of stale baguette, week old lemons, bacon and eggs. I decided to make my own version of french toast. Heat up the oven and grill the bacon. Beat an egg, pour in 3-4 tablespoons of semi-skimmed milk, grate half a lemon (be sure not to grate into the white rind as it's very bitter) and a teensy bit of vanilla extract. Soak slices of baguette in egg mixture for a few minutes.

Heat up a pan and melt a knob of butter on low to medium heat. Be careful not to burn the butter. Fry both sides of the bread. Keep your eyes on the bread as they cook rather quickly. Silly ol' me went off and did something. I barely had seconds to save my lunch. Open a can of peaches and toss a few slices on top of the french toast. Now drench it with maple syrup (the real stuff). Mmmmmmmmm................ Note the crowded plate. I was ravenous.


This was yesterday's lunch. It was a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I'd bought these yummy olives from the market the day before. The cherry tomatoes were super crunchy and sweet. Perfect for reminding me of summer. Slice up a ball of mozzarella, season with Maldon sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I found these really delicious pizza garlic bread and they were just as good as the ones I'd tasted in Italy. I toasted them quickly and voila, I've got myself a meal. That was a pretty massive plate which I managed to devour within minutes. I think I might start jogging from my desk to the bedroom and back again to burn a few calories.



  1. I LOVE french toast! I don't blame you for making your own. Yours look yummy girl. I've never tried peaches on mine. Will have to do that! Ohhh, how dangerous would it be if they made a computer where you could reach through and get stuff. HAHAHA Have a great day my friend.

  2. That looks heavenly! Too good to eat, looks like art ;)

    Visit my blog when you get a chance!

  3. Kim, you never fail to make me laugh! I think traveling through computer may be an impossible invention :) Same to you. Merry Christmas!

    Thu, this is the only type of "art" I can do - food :)

  4. My tongue has just rolled out onto my laptop!
    I don't want to go out anywhere just now, I'm supposed to be going to a party tonight but the thought of a dress and heels and the freezing cold, oh no, hello couch.

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  6. Yum! Some of my favorite dishes have come from raiding the pantry in a hungry frenzy and throwing something together. That little mezze plate you pictured looks delicious. (Beautiful photo, by the way.) Nom on, girl! :)

  7. Oh I'm back up in the frozen north, that was Sunday/Monday's trip, I'm squeezing three posts out of it, but if I'm down again I'll let you know!

  8. I had to wipe the drool from my keyboard. Thanks for sharing.

  9. yum yum those pictures!!! i love mozzarella with tomato very light and delicious!

    xoxo, Haus of Gala

  10. ps. i just realised i'm not in your friendlist.. so stupid me.. well now i'm your new follower :)

    have a nice weekend dear!!!

  11. And she does it again!!! Another mouth-watering meal! I'm going to miss your food when I head home. Sigh... xx

  12. Looking soooo yummy (and of course it's the 5:30 am where I'm reading this with breakfast a few hours away...)!
    S in NY

  13. Great post, so inspirational!
    I’m definitely going to have to visit more often.

    I hope you can check mine and follow me

  14. Natalie, I've been raiding the pantry a lot more than usual. I blame it on the weather. Thank you for your kind compliment.

    Tabitha, I look forward to it!

    Elizabeth, so sweet of you to say so. Thank you.

    Prettymeggy, I like simple pizzas without too many toppings. BTW, thanks for following!

    Mandi, guess you'd better come more often before you head home. I'm going to miss having you around.

    S in NY, girl, what ARE you doing awake at 5.30am???!

    MolDiva, thank you!

  15. This just made me super, super hungry. Luckily I'm about to go eat lunch!

    French toast is one of those things that sounds fancy and difficult to make, but is actually pretty simple... not sure why I dont' make it more often.

    Have you ever tried a french toast casserole? I keep seeing recipes for it and it looks good.

  16. The Blonde, I've actually seen this amazing french toast casserole recipe that I've been dying to make. The only thing is you have to prepare it the night before which I often forget.



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