When I became single again, five-plus years ago, I quickly worked out that one of the problems was going to be feeding myself. I’d always enjoyed cooking, but I also have a lazy streak, so the temptation towards ready meals had to be recognised and countered. I have a reliable repertoire of about eight proper dishes, which I’m happy to prepare when I feel like it; and sometimes I like just making something up. I also recognised that quick and easy options, and even readies on occasion, would have their place, I wasn’t fiky about it, but I didn’t want to drift away from proper cooking. So I invented this.
The idea was that I’d pick a main ingredient and then, by some procedure which never quite got developed, decide how and in what cuisine I was going to cook it. For example, lamb shanks braised a l’italienne (except that that happens to be one of my standbys, but you get the idea.)
Of course, it never happened, and I’ve ended up with the eight, plus a smattering of easies and sluts. But now that I find myself tip-toeing towards being slightly less single, I sometimes feel the need to create something that will amaze someone. What I need is an app which will do what I never managed, at the click of an icon. Spanish salmon risotto, anyone? Or stir-fried middle eastern pork chops? (Erm, maybe not…)
It needs a bit of work, I know.