Lazy cooking

Perhaps it’s the weather, but I’m just not in cooking mode at the moment. Here are three pretend-to-cook dishes which I often do.

Embellished Pizza

Buy a nice looking pizza and then top up the topping with a can of chopped tomatoes, some extra ham/bacon/chorizo, some squashed garlic and then grated parmesan sprinkled on top – tasty and lush.

Macarona cheat

Buy a foil dish of oven-ready macaroni cheese, stir in some cream, mustard and left-overs such as sliced sausages, the remaining slice of ham, chums of over-ripe tomatoes, peas, bacon, hard boiled eggs.    Spoon into an oven dish and sprinkle with grated parmesan.   This is the best supper dish I know.

Stir fry soup

My friend Alison Bruce told me about her favourite soup and it is magic.   Take a packet of any stir fry you fancy (or the remains of last night’s) and stir into a saucepan of simmering chicken stock.   Add seasoning.   End of.

Philadelphia soup

Philadelphia cheese has to be one of the wonders of the modern world.   Fork anything into it, particularly mackerel, smoked salmon, kipper with a squeeze of lemon and you have an instant pate.   My personal favourite is finely chopped onion and Philadelphia – it is a superb sandwich filler and nobody guesses what it is.

Whether you have a shop bought pate or the above, pile it lavishly on my favourite baked bread.   Forget about normal toast and slice a french baguette.   Spread with butter and a smear of squashed garlic.   Bake in the oven till golden edged.  Pate and soup have never tasted so good – and it keeps for at least two days.

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