Cooking isn’t for the idle, especially when eating standards are high. However, a shortage of time or simple laziness can be put to good use to serve up some interesting dishes, worthy of any grand hotel brunch: so forget about pizza and the usual poached eggs, here are 25 creative recipes you can whip up with one hand tied behind your back.
1. SPIRAL FRANKFURTER CHEERS UP DREARY DAYS
As well as being extraordinarily innovative in shape, a spiral-cut frankfurter sausage allows the sauce to enwrap it in a sweet embrace.
2. PSYCHEDELIC CAKE
Tired of the usual vanilla or chocolate sponge cake? Amaze everyone by adding a psychedelic touch.
3. MAKING A SNACK OUT OF LEFTOVERS
With a forkful of spaghetti left over from lunch and yesterday’s bread, you can make a fabulously ingenious and tasty sandwich.
4. HOME-MADE ICE CREAM SANDWICH
To make it yourself, all you need are: two biscuits, some ice cream and a good knife.
5. PIZZA ON A STICK
Put a stick on your mini pizzas to make the party swing.
6. SWEET SHAPES
The usual puff pastry and confectioner’s custard? The shape makes all the difference. Here are four variations on a theme.
7. THE SUPER SANDWICH
Why go to the trouble of interlacing bacon strips and cooking them in the oven? To create the impression of a super sandwich.
8. SAVOURY FRANKFURTER MUFFIN
The same old muffin mixture without sugar? Add a frankfurter sausage and get a load of that flavour!
9. COOL WINE WITHOUT ICE
Ice-cold grapes make an excellent alternative for cooling a glass of white wine without watering it down.
10. ATTRACTIVELY TEMPTING PAN-FRIED EGGS
Round slices of pepper and onion in which to cook your egg. Who could resist a presentation like that?
11. IMPROMPTU VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER
Here’s how to shape a boiled egg like a heart, to make the most reluctant partner come tumbling down off the wall!
12. PANCAKE FOR ONE
Another case in which a stick can make all the difference, to give the “same old” pancake a touch of flair.
13. BORING PIZZA, BYE BYE
It may seem laborious to make, but this pizza quiche will award you with heaps of satisfaction.
14. CRAZY VERSION OF BREAD AND CHEESE
One loaf, a bit of cheese and lots of guests? Cut it, top it and pop it in the oven.
15. SWEET FRUIT
Kiwi is not everyone’s favourite but, dipped in chocolate and served on a lollipop stick, it becomes irresistible. Ready in 10 minutes.
16. THE BOSS’S BURGER
A boring hamburger sandwich is no satisfaction for the famished idler, but with the addition of an egg and a slice of gooey cheese, his smile will soon be back.
17. BREAD AND CHEESE
Tired of the usual bread and cheese? These fried rolls may send your cholesterol count soaring but will certainly restore your peace of mind.
18. ICE-COLD SNACK
Blend any fruit that risks rotting quickly in the heat and turn it into a fantastic ice-lolly. Multicoloured for the more flamboyant foodies.
19. ICE CREAM IN 40 MINUTES
Take some bananas, then peel and cut them into pieces. Freeze for around 40 minutes and beat them in a blender until they turn into creamy ice cream.
20. COLD CUT CUP CAKE
Whether you fill them with bacon, speck, raw or cooked ham, mortadella or salmon, your cup cakes made from eggs, flour and cheese, will be wrapped in authentic goodness.
21. A QUICK BROWNIE FOR WHENEVER YOU FEEL THAT SUDDEN NEED FOR AN ENERGY BOOST
What about a little chocolate cake without even having to turn the oven on? Throw all the ingredients into a cup, mix as well as you can and let the microwave do the rest.
22. SWEET BANANA STICK
Have you got a banana that is going black in the August heat? Place it in the freezer, after having inserted a lollipop stick or a plastic spoon and melted some chocolate. Need we say more?
23. COLOURFUL CHEESE BALLS
Spreadable cheese and firm cheese mixed together, shaped into little balls and coated with parsley, paprika, walnuts or breadcrumbs make a chic and effortless snack.
24. ZOMBIE FRANKFURTERS
When a frankfurter is not sufficiently filling, it can be wrapped in puff pastry (or a flour and water batter). If you make two little holes in the head before putting it in the oven, its eyes will stand out. Creepy food.
25. THE END OF THE WORLD EPIC SANDWICH
A monstrous appetite calls for a record-making sandwich. Cut out the centre of the roll and fill the cavity with everything you have in the fridge. A home-made press will help establish the right proportions.