I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published April 9th 2020
Six of the best
Home alone, either normally, working from home or confined to barracks and feel like a quick snack or light meal. Well, read on.
Party Pies. Perhaps not the quickest from desire to mouth, but the least preparation time. Turn on the oven, place pies therein and do something for 30 minutes, remove from oven, add tomato sauce and enjoy. I usually by a 24 piece pack which is just over .50 cents for each pie. My supermarket often has them on special at half-price. At .25 cents each, you can have an extra one or two at each sitting.
Pancakes. Yummy. Very quick if you purchase a container of pancake mix. It's easy as. Just add water to the container, shake well and cook. You can make them as big or small, thin or as thick as you like. The quickest way to enjoy them is just to smother them with maple syrup. If the budget allows it, buy genuine maple syrup, from Canada of course, not maple flavoured syrup. My pancake mix cost only $2-50 and it can make stacks.
Crumpets. One of my favourites. The problem with toasting crumpets is that the bottom becomes burnt if you like the top nicely browned. The solution is to use the crumpet setting on your toaster which applies extra heat to the top. If your toaster doesn't have a crumpet setting bear that in mind when you buy your next one. Lashings of butter and honey, with a cup of coffee – sweet bliss.
Spaghetti. A small can of spaghetti in tomato and cheese sauce is a very tasty and quick snack or even a light meal. While you are cooking two pieces of toast, add the contents of the can into a small basin and cook for one minute in the microwave. If you get the slightly larger small can, 90 seconds in the microwave is needed. Butter toast and pour on the spaghetti and enjoy.
Corn chip nachos. Quick and easy for a very quick and easy snack. Add a layer of corn chips in a ramekin, add some cheese and a small portion of sauce - tomato or sweet chilli, or even chutney, then add another layer of chips, cheese and sauce and a final layer of chips topped with cheese. Thirty seconds in the microwave and you have a quick and delicious snack.
Grilled cheese on toast. Who doesn't like these? Simply add cheese to a piece of toast and put under griller until the cheese melts. I like to add a sprinkle of black pepper to the cheese which adds colour and flavour. Enjoy with a cup of tea while reading the paper.
Sorry Neil, shocked at these lazy unhealthy suggestions for snacks. All are basically carbs and sugar. The pies have only 12% protein and the rest is fat and carbs. You would need to head out on some exercise after this lot. The internet is full of healthier tasty ‘snacks’.