Lazy Girl Cooks: 3 Meals Best Eaten From A Bowl In Front Of The TV

Photo by Bre Graham
There is something so soothing and simple in the act of eating food from only a bowl, with just a spoon. I love the feeling of a warm bowl of something good which I’ve taken the time to cook nestling in my lap while I watch television.
In the long, dark months of winter I like to make things that require slow stirring, like polenta; recipes that are based on mountains of mashed potato; and of course, anything to do with pasta. Here are three of my favourite meals that are made to be eaten in a big bowl balanced on your knees while you’re sitting on a sofa.
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These are all recipes for one portion so just double the quantity to make them for two. I believe they’re all best served with an evening of uninterrupted films that you find equally as comforting.
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Pasta Shells and Meatballs

Ingredients

Pasta shells small enough for a spoon and one hungry person
2 fat pork sausages
300ml passata
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
Olive oil
Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp sugar depending on how tart the passata is
Salt to season

Instructions

1. Put a pot of water on to boil and once cooked add in the pasta and cook according to packet instructions.
2. Squeeze the sausages out of their cases and roll into bite-size balls between the palms of your hands.
3. In a pot or a deep pan put in enough olive oil to cover the base and on a medium heat fry the fennel seeds and chilli flakes until they start smelling lovely.
4. Add the meatballs to the oil and cook until they are golden.
5. Add in the passata and turn the heat down to a simmer.
6. Once the pasta is cooked toss together with the sauce.
7. Spoon into a big bowl and eat immediately once completely covered with parmesan cheese.
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Poached Egg and Polenta

Ingredients

Half a packet of quick cook polenta
One chicken or vegetable stock cube
Dark leafy green veg, like cavolo nero or Swiss chard
A few cloves of garlic
1 lemon
1 egg
3 tbsp butter
Salt to season

Instructions

1. Make a stock with the cubes and once bubbling pour in the polenta and whisk with one tablespoon of butter until smooth.
2. Chop up the crunchy ends and the soft leaves of the veg and keep separate.
3. Melt the butter.
4. Slice the garlic and zest the lemon and add to the bubbling butter.
5. Poach the egg.
6. Put a pot of water on to boil and add the crunchy ends of the greens, then a minute later add in the soft leaves.
7. Once the polenta is cooked but still soft, spoon into a big bowl.
8. Place your poached egg and greens onto the polenta and drizzle over the butter sauce.
9. Eat immediately after a final zest of lemon.
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Smoked Fish, Potato and Peas

Ingredients

One fillet of smoked haddock or cod
A few big potatoes
250ml milk
1/2 white onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
100ml double cream
A handful of parsley
A few handfuls of frozen peas
1 tsp butter
Nutmeg
Salt and black pepper to season

Instructions

1. Peel, chop and boil the potatoes ready to mash.
2. In a pot or deep pan start simmering the milk, onion and bay leaf.
3. Once fragrant with bay, add in your fillets of smoked fish.
4. Simmer this gently for 8-10 minutes.
5. While you’re waiting for the fish to cook, cook the frozen peas in a pot of salty water.
6. Once the potatoes are cooked through, mash with salt, butter, a sprinkle of nutmeg and a little milk.
7. Finely chop the parsley.
8. Once the fish is cooked, take out the fillets and remove half the milk from the pot and add the parsley and the cream.
9. Fill a big bowl with mash, peas and your smoked fish fillet.
10. Spoon over the parsley sauce and eat immediately after a dusting of black pepper.
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