Now, while it would be irresponsible of us to encourage drinking in excess, the fact of the matter is that you're all (presumably) consenting adults, and there are times in life when indulging in a few too many seems like an excellent idea. Maybe you've just gotten a promotion. Or broken up with your partner. Or it's a day ending in a Y. Whatever, we don't judge.
Or maybe you're just so tuckered out from trying all the activities we've suggested that you can't be bothered cooking. Yeah, that's it.
Whatever the case, you need to think ahead. Work smarter, not harder. The following foods do double the work - they can be used to line your stomach the night before, and make for an excellent hangover cure the morning after.
A controversial entry. While I personally prefer my pizza cold enough to hurt my teeth, I know that a lot of people would rather eat that sausage roll that's been in the service station bain marie than consume pizza at anything below room temperature. That sort of thinking tends to go the way of disco when you're sporting a killer hangover. Check out the plethora of WeekendNotespizzarecipes, or order yourself a few too many the night before (the ma and pa store pizza keeps better than the franchise stuff). You'll thank me in the morning.
If there's anything heartier and more comforting than a steaming bowl of pasta, I've yet to find it. While the cold stuff isn't as good, it tends to clump together (not as bad as it sounds), making it a far cleaner dish. The good thing about pasta is that you don't even have to go the takeaway route. The Latina Fresh stuff cooks up in minutes and the Serves 4 packs should be enough for dinner and breakfast.
Ah, chicken. Old faithful. Whether it's a barbeque chook from Woolies, a schnitzel from the greasy spoon around the corner, or a bucket of the Colonel's best, chicken is the one entry here that tastes just as good cold as it does warm. Chicken recipes can be found here, here, and here.
Well, those are my favourite dusk till dawn meals, but I'm eager to hear your suggestions. What foods do you like to eat cold?
I often eat leftover cooked veg cold (sometimes for breakfast the next day, or lunch) - cold broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, zucchini, peppers etc. actually taste better than you would imagine. You just need to add a lean protein source, like a boiled egg or scoop of fish, few spoons of low-fat cottage cheese, half a chicken breast, or something similar.
Don't like cold pizza, but why have it anyway. 40 secs in the micro is all you need to revive it. The thought of cold pasta appalls me. Cold chicken always works. Oddly, KFC to my mind tastes lousy reheated so cold is my only option. Cold fried rice from last nights chinese isn't too bad. Cold sausages are good too but my absolute favourite is cold roasted potato. Whenever I cook a roast dinner I purposely cook far too many roast potatoes so there are plenty to put into the fridge for later, assuming my son doesn't beat me to them. They make a great midnight feast.