I'm back working at the local supermarket for Christmas break, just spending hour upon hour sitting at the checkouts scanning food through the till. As you can probably imagine it's not the most thrilling job in the world, though it's vastly improved by pleasant customers. And, for the most part, working in retail at this time of the year does restore ones faith in humanity - people are kind, talkative, infinitely endearing even when stressed. Of course you get the grumpy ones, the irritable ones, but primarily it's the chatting with customers that makes the job bearable. One thing I'm really noticing right now, with the good customers and the bad, is that everyone is busy. I'm sure I don't need to tell you how hectic this time of year is, so with that in mind I've whipped up a tasty, filling lunch which shouldn't take much longer than 10 minutes to prepare & which will provide you with plenty of carby energy for the hectic day ahead.
I was in a hurry to catch the bus to a Christmas party the other day & needed to throw together something super quick. There wasn't much in the house but I picked a killer combination of flavours that you just cannot go wrong with, and basically let them speak for themselves. I then piled them on top of a baked potato, cooked in the microwave because I'm a filthy cheater. Anyway, as you might have gathered by now if you've been reading for a while, simple & tasty is my favourite sort of food. And there ain't nothing wrong with simple at all - especially at this time of year!
To make lunch for one, you will need:
- One baking potato.
- Half an apple.
- Half an onion.
- 4 rashers of bacon.
- A handful of grated cheddar cheese.
- Salt & pepper.
- A tablespoon of butter, plus a little extra to spread on the potato.
1. If you've never cooked a potato in a microwave before, it couldn't be simpler! Just take your potato, prick some holes all over it with a fork, and then place into the microwave with a piece of kitchen paper loosely placed on top of it. Cook on full power for 5 minutes, then turn the potato over & cook for 5 minutes more.
2. In the mean time, get on with your toppings. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a saucepan over a medium-high heat.
3. Chop & peel half an onion, and add it into the butter, frying for a minute or so.
4. Chop up the bacon & throw into the buttery onion mix, and fry until cooked to your preference.
5. Add in half of a chopped up apple, and fry together for about a minute or so before removing from the heat.
6. Cut the cooked potato in half, spread a little bit of butter onto each half, and then pile the onion-bacon-apple mix on top. Be generous!
7. Grate a handful of cheese over the top, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then place until the grill (broiler, for Americans) for about 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and browning.
Not the prettiest meal in the world, or the most original, but the ideal lunch to keep you going this festive season.
Only 9 more sleeps!