March 23, 2009
Have you ever had a serious cooking slump? You know, the point where you have suddenly run out of ideas and motivation? And you start having thoughts like ... if I have to cook another meal I think my head might explode?
I realised I had hit such a point last week. I wasn't feeling well and Mr HB had taken the domestic reigns. As I tucked into the wonderful dinner ... which I didn't have to prepare, you understand ... I voiced my appreciation. Mmmmm, what's this? I asked. Two minute noodles with a dash of soy sauce, Mr HB replied proudly.
Can you see where I'm going here? Culinary inspiration here at Chez Hoppo Bumpo, is clearly on a sharper downward trajectory than the world economy.
So its time to pull up my socks and make an effort again. To restore some simple creativity, I am going to resurrect my stand-back-and-throw recipes, next week. In celebration of giving-up suspicious, calorific, instant-meals comprising hydrolysed vegetable protein (blah!) and a long list of E-numbers, I am having a little cookbook giveaway.
I am offering a brand new copy of best-selling Australian book 4 Ingredients. This cookbook, which is a favourite of mine, has a load of easy-peasy recipes, using ... you guessed it ... 4 or less ingredients. Lovely simple dishes. And I don't think there's even the vaguest mention of two minute noodles anywhere.
To be in the running, all you need to do is leave a comment revealing the most shameful concoction you have dared to call a meal.
Anyone, anywhere may enter*. All you need to do is leave a traceable link, such as a blog or e-mail address, so I can contact you if you're the winner. I will draw the winner, at random, next Monday 30 March at 9pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time).
Well, I must be off now. There are some fish fingers that simply won't thaw themselves.
* Please note that as this is an Australian book, so it uses metric measurements and may refer to some Australian products. If you are outside of Australia, but a resourceful cook, this probably won't bother you too much.