For a long time, I cooked elaborate dinners even when I was the only one eating. Or, not elaborate exactly, but complete. These days, I’ve vastly simplified. I’ll fix Creamy Mint, Thyme, and Lemon Linguine or some kind of grilled cheese. In other words, carbs with cheese. The rest of my routine includes sitting on the carpet by the coffee table and reading cookbooks or watching Nashville.
Whole volumes have been written about cooking and eating alone, the ins and outs of treating yourself to good food and meditative time alone by the stove. I particularly love the essays in Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, if you haven’t read them. The takeaway is that there’s a divide between people who cook when they’re the only ones eating and those who opt for cereal or peanut butter on toast when there are no other mouths to feed. Somewhere in the middle, perhaps, lie those like me who cook, but simply.
What about you–when left to your own devices, what do you make for dinner?
P.S. My classic, never-fail dinner for one.