What is it about this weather that makes me feel so hungry all the time? Is it a throwback to our hunter-gatherer forefathers. Is it my body’s way of ensuring I don’t starve when there’s nothing left to hunt? Am I storing up fat for leaner times? If that’s so, I’m guessing I’ve got enough here for a very long cold snap!
Whatever the reason, I’m constantly hungry at the moment and so I’m baking and cooking like it’s going out of fashion. My current favourite recipes all come from Jamie Oliver’s 30-Minute Meals. Not getting home until 7.30 during the week means I want something fast yet tasty.
Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals – a saviour for working men and women
I’m not sure where we decided that there was no time in our day to prepare a proper, healthy meal then sit down with our families and talk over the day. The recent horse meat in ready meals scandal has, apparently, cleared the supermarket aisles and if we’re clever, we’re all rethinking ‘easy-to-cook’ recipes.
With an induction hob and a hot water tap it’s entirely possible to prepare pasta from pot to table in just 10 minutes. A simple fresh tomato, clam and prawn sauce takes moments to prepare and is delicious.
The other option is slow cooking. I’d never used a slow cooker until recently and I can say without word of exaggeration that it has transformed my life. I get up 15 minutes earlier, chop a few veg, sear some meat and pop it all in my slow cooker and when I get home the house is filled with glorious cooking smells and I’ve got a beautiful stew that’s ready in an instant.
Slow cookers – delicious food without the effort
But I think it’s less to do with speed or ease and more to do with environment. It’s clear that the kitchen itself has to be at the heart of a change of attitude when it comes to our cooking and eating habits. After all, who wants to spend time in a cluttered, old-fashioned, poorly functioning kitchen? When even the smallest space can look as good as this…
Even the smallest space can look gorgeous and function beautifully
That’s why it’s so important to take your time when planning your new scheme. Talk to the experts, whether you’re opting for a B&Q kitchen or one from an independent showroom, the designers are there to help you make the most of your space so use them! Your finished kitchen will be better for it…
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