There have been numerous times recently, in fact there are many weeks, where I either eat food from a generic chain that is not really worth doing a whole post on or my partner happens to have cooked the majority/all of the dish and therefore I cannot provide an accurate recipe.
However, I love talking about food and want to keep including food things on my blog, even when I am not the one cooking or going to some really exciting restaurant, and think that starting this series might be the way to go. They will come along at random intervals though as it obviously varies week on week what I end up eating and cooking, the things mentioned below are from different points in the last month or so; a lot of things will not even get photographed, though I am going to be attempting to pick up my proper camera before eating a meal whether it is cooked by my partner or myself, and with that there will seem like quite a mish-mash of items.
I would love to know what you think of this style of blog post and if you would like to see anything else included in these posts then please do comment below. I am considering doing a What I Eat In A Week post, every week unsurprisingly, from the new year to incorporate many of the meals that I eat but are perhaps not interesting enough to do a whole individual post on so let me know what you think about that as well… anyway down to business!
Chicken and Bacon Pasta Salad
Tesco do so many different things in the on the go and meal deal section that it can be really easy to get stuck in a world of decisions and price calculations. For me I find that the meal deal means I end up eating more food than I need, in terms of quantity and calories, and whilst it saves me money on the items overall in the moment it still works out more than getting a multipack of crisps at least (and sometimes even a multipack of drink too but given my working environment and I take a reusable water bottle with me it isn’t usually an issue) to go through the week.
But very often I can go into the Tesco near work and spot a sandwich or pasta dish on discount, even at 09:30, meaning that I save even more money. Well save in the sense of in comparison to other options in the shop not compared to doing the super cost-effective thing of making food at home to take in. Usually I will try these bulk buy tins of soup, beans or spaghetti hoops when doing an online food order and take them and a few slices of bread from a loaf with me as own brands of those make lunch even cheaper!
So recently I found a chicken and bacon pasta salad sort of thing that came with a little pot of salad dressing too for around the £1.20 mark. Compared to making it yourself that is still a lot of money but it helped me avoid being dragged into the meal deal section and instead I grabbed a multipack of crisps for £1 and two large bottles of flavoured water for 80p bringing me to the same price as a meal deal but to last a lot longer. Hooray small money win for the millennial that is robbed in every other way by society.
It didn’t set the world alight, but neither would my own take on this dish if I made it the night before, but it was edible and tasty enough. The chicken wasn’t too dry, the bacon had noticeable flavour, the salad leaves were still fresh and crunchy and the dressing being a generous amount to mix among the ingredients.
Beef Stir Fry
My partner can be and pretty decent cook, with sensible combinations of ingredients and an enjoyable balance of flavours, when he wants to be. He is the sort of guy that can go a little bit rogue and, given my more standard palette of flavour and texture understanding, it is usually me that suffers.
Recently though, he has stepped up to the plate. My ability to focus or find the energy, let alone the time, to cook has been incredibly limited just as a result of being stuck in my own messed up and exhausted head space. He gets the sort of food that I like and if I say “can we have a dish with noodles” he knows that whilst I am happy to have whatever meat or vegetable is discounted to the most reasonable price I need something “normal”.
This beef stir fry was one of those days. He got some beef that was discounted, a mixture of vegetables that worked out cheaper to get in bulk and have to prepare than to get a single bag of stir fry pre-prepared vegetables and several packets of stir fry sauce that can sit in the cupboard for when we want them.
A stir fry is super simple but that can also result in it tasting super simple and bland too but he avoided that. The ingredients he used and methods of cooking along the way allowed for it to be super tasty and also have the most delightful texture to it; in fact it tasted and felt much more like a chow mein than a stir fry, which for the record is more than fine by me because chow mein is one of my favourite dishes, helping to enhance its appeal after a long and tiring day.
Homemade Taco Shells
I know what you are thinking. I think it every single time I look at the photo as well. What a messy plate of food. Hey, I never said that this was going to be a series of perfectly placed vegetables sitting proud among a perfectly balanced plate of food! This is simply about appreciating the small little food things happening in my life from time to time.
We had some tortillas that needed using and instead of doing the same old wrap style burrito things we always end up doing, which don’t get me wrong are tasty enough but it felt a little samey, I suggested putting them into the oven to become something similar to a Taco shell. So many people have done it online and in Instagram videos I knew that it was a thing we just needed to double-check for any extra steps to do first.
We microwaved them for a few seconds to soften them up and then brushed them with oil before putting them over two or three lines of the oven shelf to cook. As you can see, they do not take huge amounts of time to crisp up so the ones at the beginning were a little too crunchy to be able to hold the shape without snapping on eating. Once we did the first batch though it became much easier to take them out at a better moment in time and rest them down in a way that allowed them to cool and hold shape.
It was still a super simple meal but made for a nice little change to the usual dish that we do with tortillas and a mince mixture!
McDonald’s Chicken and Bacon Cheese Burger
I had gone years without having McDonald’s until the general election came along and that applies to many of my campaigning friends too. Maybe the last time I went, before the morning after the election, was when we still lived in North London and was stumbling back drunk… we are talking over three years ago.
But like a moth attracted to light they found a way to pull me back in and since then it has become an incredibly easy and quick bite to eat. A little while and do I was feeling pretty meh and my partner was going out for the evening so I asked him to return with something chicken based from McDonald’s (everybody knows that is the universal terms for nuggets right?) and he returned with this. It was my dinner. The best thing about being an adult is you can have whatever food you want and whilst people can judge they have no right to express their opinions on others eating habits.
It filled the little hole that it needed to but was not one of the best things I have tried from McDonald’s in the past.
Let me know in the comments below what is your favourite thing from McDonald’s? Maybe I will give that a try the next time I am far too lazy to do anything for myself.