The simple things in life…

I’ve rediscovered the joy of grilled cheese on toast. Seriously, for a fast, simple snack or light evening meal you just can’t go past it and now it’s got me thinking about all the other things I can put on two slices of toasted bread and I reckon I could write the book on it!

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy cooking and will happily put meals together from scratch but there are those other times when I just want something that’s quick and easy to prepare and whatever on toast works for me. Thing is, it’s been years and years since I’ve done the something-on-toast thingy and just can’t believe how I could have forgotten about it! No matter, I have found it again and it’s all good.

Anyway, being right into cooking I’m finding my imagine is fairly bursting at the seams when it comes down to toast toppers. Like, asparagus and avocado topped with cheese, sprinkled with poppy and sesame seeds and dusted with paprika makes for one declicious snack! So does Tasty cheese, ham and pineapple and oh my goodness…bacon pieces topped with sour cream and shallots! See what I mean about my imagination?

And it all started because the other evening I musing over what to do for dinner and the Universe or something suggested grilled cheese on toast. Just like that! It was quick, it was easy and it was really nice and it’s all rolled on from there. So, where was I? Oh yes, toast toppers. As I said, being a creative cooking type, my mind has moved beyond the simple stuff (like a couple of slices of cheese) to more culinary masterpieces like those mentioned above and it’s still going. How about thick slices of roast lamb, lightly toasted and then topped with natural yoghurt blended with herbs? Or chopped up roasted chicken pieces with sage and onion? Or topped with Italian lettuce and some fresh garlic or with a drizzle of garlic oil? What an ideal thing to do with what’s left of the Sunday roast come Monday night!

See what I mean? Very simple but very tasty and definitely a great meal. I just don’t understand how I could have forgotten about the joys of stuff on toast. Must have been all those years of cooking big family meals; I got so wrapped up in them that I completely forgot about stopping to enjoy the simple pleasure of a toasted snack. But no matter, I’ve got it now so I’m bringing it on.

Not that I’m going to replace every meal with these quickie meals. No, definitely not because as I said, I really enjoy cooking and will happily spend much time in the kitchen preparing and cooking lovely dishes but for those other times when I’m just after a quick fix, I will be so on it! Oh, these meals could come in so handy when the kids come home to visit too! They are still in the eat-anything-so-long-as-it’s-food phase so these will go down a treat I think.

Maybe I should write that book after all…!