What do you make for yourself when you eat alone?
- lessleyellen Jun 5, 2009 01:59 PM
I'm reading Deborah Madison's new book she wrote with her husband, Patrick McFarlin: What We Eat When We Eat Alone," in which they interviewed tons of strangers about just that topic. There are great examples in DM's book: everything from polenta with braised greens, to weird stuff like sardine juice on cottage cheese.
What do you make? [[Last time i did, I made the Vegan Omelette from Isa Chandra Moskovitz's new Vegan Brunch cookbook, but put scrambled egg on top, topped it with Kimchi.]]
Pork chops. Nobody else in my family likes them, and I love them. I buy a couple of relatively thick-cut rib loin chops, rub them with soy sauce, heat a cast-iron skillet blazing hot, sear the chops for 1-1/2 minutes per side, remove from the heat, cover, and let it sit for 6 minutes. I move the chops to a plate and very quickly deglaze the pan with a little white wine and then swirl in a couple of tablespoons of butter and reduce it for a minute, pour it over the chops and CHOW DOWN. A pale ale goes extra fine with this.
My easiest at home alone dish is roasted chicken with vegetables. I love one pot meals that give and give, and a whole chicken gives you at least 3 more meals. Plus I love the way the vegetables taste, having been roasted with the chicken.
I'm with Nigel Slater on this - eating alone should be all about treating yourself:
I particularly like the part about having a glass or two of champagne - few things feel more decadent than popping open a bottle of bubbles when you're the only one around to hear it.
I'm not a big cook, so I stick to grilled sandwiches. I usually go to the fridge and use any leftovers I find and combine it with cheese, bread and mayonese... hm.... mayonese... sometimes I also make a tuna spread with mayonese. So fast and easy. Oh... and did I say yummy?