Staring at the endless packets of meat in the supermarket the other night, I noticed a couple of young women shopping. They were moving up and down the aisle as if the supermarket was a form of torture and, having thrown some chicken rather violently into their trolley, one of them stopped. ‘We still haven’t got anything for tonight though,’ she said to her friend, ‘but I’m not sure I can be bothered. I just feel like going to McDonald’s.’
I knew exactly how she felt. Although I’m an avid cook and foodie, after an hour’s commute, and a nine-hour day, I never feel particularly inspired to cook anything interesting. And, despite owning shelves of cookery books, when I’m standing in the supermarket I usually feel spoilt for choice but short of imagination. So I decided to create a site where I can always find a recipe, or at least an idea, for everyday Monday-to-Friday food. From now on, I’m going to post a recipe five days a week so that, by May 2012, I’ll have one for every working day of the year. Whether mine or someone else’s, they will be recipes that are simple, seasonal and fast, use easy-to-find ingredients and use as few as possible because if I wanted to practise heavy lifting on the way home I’d go to a gym.
Hopefully, I can save a few people from that moment of existential crisis in an aisle full of dismembered animals. If not, well the golden arches await.