Mostly, I love cooking. Cooking for my husband is always magic because I know what a big smile I'll get for my efforts - he's the most appreciative customer! I used to find it harder to motivate myself to cook interesting meals when it's just me, but being home alone and having to think of something for lunch can often be entertaining break in an otherwise long day of writing and/or studying.
But just occasionally I struggle for inspiration, particularly if we're running low on fresh vegetables.
On a really desperate day, I'll turn to ... the freezer.
This time, I found some veggie hotdog sausages tucked away at the back of one of the drawers, which sent me into hotdog cravings - but I'd had toast for breakfast and didn't really want more bread.
This was the result of a few minutes' pondering - very tasty (or I wouldn't have blogged it!) and not too filling for a light lunch.
Sausage & Peas (serves 1)
3 hotdog sausages
large handful of frozen peas
1 small red onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, sliced
2tsp tomato puree (no, I've never used a teaspoon to measure tomato puree, in case you were wondering)
chilli flakes & black pepper to taste
- Put the sausages & peas in a pan, cover with boiling water, and boil until cooked (read the packet on your sausages).
- Empty the sausages & peas onto a plate, and chop the sausage into inch-long pieces.
- Put a little olive oil in the bottom of the pan, and fry the onion & garlic until soft.
- Add the sausage, peas, tomato puree & seasonings to the pan and fry for a further 2 minutes.
Incidentally, writing down a few of my recipes for this blog has made me realise - where most people would use salt & pepper as their most basic seasonings, I use pepper & chilli. I pretty much only use salt in bread, or on potatoes.