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How to cook when you have no time

Love cooking but have limited time? These recipes are for you.

30 Jun 2014

Don’t you ever just wish you were stranded on a desert island with palm trees and a loin cloth? I do.

You wouldn’t have to bother about being late for work, going shopping, paying bills or feeding the cats.

It would be fabulous, an island where you’d spend all day catching your own fish and then cooking it whilst chatting over a crackling campfire, late into the night – there would of course be garlic growing behind the dunes and some crisp white wine cooling in a pool.

Oh, I wish I wish I wish.

Ok, time to (reluctantly) face reality.

Life is not simple, it’s busy and we need time at the end of the day to spend with our loved ones and not sweating in the kitchen.

Simplicity. It’s something I always hear top chefs bang on about and it’s true, simple is pure and real and ta–daaah, it’s quick.

You can make incredible meals which smack of flavour and take minutes to make.

Try some of my easy and scrumptious suggestions:

Hand  held

Mexican chicken and bean tortillas – Filled with spice and fun.
Seaweed wraps - Fresh and clean for your vegetarian fix.
Pita pizza with chorizo – Serious flavour, in minutes.


Creamy spinach, mushroom and bacon pasta - A little chop and cook whilst your pasta's cooking and you're done.
Pesto pasta with baby tomatoes - So simple and you'll be going for more.
Pasta in 5 minutes - An Italian meal of Kings.


Hollandaise in 5 minutes - Yes really! It's one of my absolute saves, beautiful over some pan-fried fish or rare juicy steak.
Avo and tomato salsa - Salsas are fresh and a great top for fish or chicken - you can play with the ingredients and have some fun.
Pesto with an Asian twist - Pesto, bought or made is a flavour punching quickie sauce that you can spin through some pasta, top a salad or potato or pop onto a chicken breast. Try this one that's just a little different.

One dish wonders

Nutty beef stir-fry - What's more tasty that a great stir-fry? Try this super-quick little number.
Avocado and bacon frittata - Everything in one pan, you can fill it with whatever takes your fancy.
Pork sausage bake - Comforting and delicious, be sure to make extras of this one.

So you see, there's no reason to pop your top.

If you've thrown your toys completely and feel like a special night out, go forth to our restaurant specials page to see what's happening.

- Caro de Waal

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