This post is for my lovely friend P, who accosted me two days ago with some fluffy homemade marshmallow [which was quite delicious – and she insists on keeping the recipe secret. I will find a comparable recipe, dognammit!]. She told me her marshmallow shapes took 5 minutes to make, then she challenged me to come up with some 5-minute recipe ideas. P, you’ll have to let me know if this hits the spot.
When I am in need of a quick energy fix, I reach for whatever is nearest in the house – and this is why I no longer buy crisps during my weekly shop. Instead, I stock my house with lots of raw ingredients, which tend more often than not to be organic and/or free range.
The list to follow discounts the 2-second snack options such as fresh fruit, vegetable sticks, cream cheese or peanut butter in celery sticks, dried fruit/nut combos, and tuna and crackers. And, of course, the 5 minute rule only serves if you have the ingredients in the house.
So here’s my Top 5 in 5, from the top of my head (and this list was compiled in 5 minutes too):
- Smoked salmon on rye – smear cream cheese thickly on a slice of rye bread, layer over some smoked salmon and thinly sliced red onion, sprinkle on a few capers, salt (not too much!), pepper. Drizzle over a little olive oil and you’re done. Eat, enjoy! And if smoked salmon’s not your thing, you could use Persian feta & avocado as a topping instead.
- Parmesan, rocket and cherry tomato salad – toss some freshly washed/dried rocket (or baby spinach leaves) in a cereal bowl with ripe cherry tomatoes and some shaved parmesan. Add a sprinkle of salt, a grind of pepper, and a swirl each of olive oil and white wine vinegar/balsamic vinegar/verjuice. You can include other ingredients you have to hand (eg. prosciutto, olives, red onion) – or you can roughly chop the base mix, pile it onto crusty bread and call it bruschetta.
- A fruit smoothie – your favourite fruit + a good dollop of yoghurt + a big spoonful of honey + 1 cup ice + soy/rice/cow’s milk. Blend it up, and you have an awesome energy boost. You could include ingredients such as spirulina, barley grass, LSA mix or wheatgerm if you have them in the house.
- Eggs in bread (pictured) – spread a layer over both sides of two pieces of bread, then carve out the centres with a small glass. Place the holey bread and rounds into a large frypan over medium heat. When the butter starts to melt, add freshly cracked eggs to the centre of the holey bread, sprinkling the entire pan contents with salt & pepper, and some roughly chopped flatleaf parsley if you have it lying around. When the eggwhites start to set, flip the holey bread & rounds. Leave to cook for another couple of minutes then serve on a dinner plate with your favourite sauce [I like HP]. Good for any time of day or night.
- Soy-coated sunflower seeds – this is a little cheaty because you have to preheat the oven first, to 170°C. Place a packet (~100g) of de-shelled sunflower seeds on an oven tray, and place it into the preheated oven for five minutes. When you remove the tray from the oven, swirl over some soy sauce and toss the warm sunflower seeds to ensure they are thinly and evenly coated. They may seem a little sticky; let them cool on the tray and you will be amazed at what a tasty treat they become [thank you to my friend Y for that idea!].
Yum. With that, I am heading off to make snack ideas 2 & 5 right now.
What do you do when you need fast energy?