My wife Janette is a classically trained chef, so over our years together I’ve eaten well and healthily. I learned a lot from her and used to enjoy cooking up experimental storms before I got too ill to stay safe in a kitchen.
So I know about nutrition and I appreciate good food. I’m not some slob of a bloke who can’t imagine anything more adventurous than opening a tin of something and nuking it.
But that’s exactly what’s required for my favourite lunch, which is corned beef hash. This is my version of that classic camping meal. It comes out of a pair of tins, and takes five minutes max from decision to plate. Perfect for the middle of a writing day when I need quick and tasty fuel.
The ingredients are:
half a tin of corned beef (I prefer Fray Bentos)
half a tin of Heinz baked beans (none of your sweet bean American nonsense)
1 beef stock OXO cube
put the corned beef in a microwave bowl and cut into 1-inch cubes
add the beans with half the sauce from the tin
crush and sprinkle the OXO cube over it and stir again
nuke on full power until it’s cooked (that’s 4 minutes in my microwave)
stir again, gently enough to spread the heat evenly but not so much that it breaks down the cubes
Our daughters think it’s a yucky looking slop, and they won’t try it no matter how often I tell them the blend of tastes is great. Interestingly, Janette thinks it’s fine. Not for every day, obviously. Not even every week. But once or maybe twice a month she knocks it up for me while I’m clattering away at the keyboard.
And of course the remaining contents of two tins are in the fridge for sandwiches or snacks later in the week.
Let me know if you try it and what you think of it. And maybe you’d like to share your quick and easy but nutritious lunches/meals/snacks in the comments here?