Most nights, I’m cooking for one but I love to make enough to share. I always make enough for leftovers but there is something entirely more satisfying about making a meal that can be shared and savoured with other people. Even if I’m not at the table.
I’ve been cooking for a friend for a little while. A meal (or two) a week to help get everybody fed quickly in between school and endless evening lessons. It puts a smile on my face every time I do it. I try out new recipes than will hopefully be a hit with younger palates, and keep the ingredients in the general arena of kid-friendly.
Some of the recipe favourites (that you might like too) are farmers sausage baked with BBQ sauce, maple syrup and apple chunks, sweet and sour meatballs (baked not fried), any variation on homemade mac and cheese (sometimes with broccoli, often with bacon), and even tater tot casserole.
It’s getting cold and dark and I know winter is coming. These homemade meals have even more appeal as we get ready for pseudo hibernation.
What’s your favourite meal to share?
There are so many times when bringing food to someone is the perfect gesture. And when you like to cook, it is an easy thing to offer up when there is a new baby, an illness, a new house, or maybe you are just visiting your kids and want to bring them their favourite meal. Certain foods lend themselves to sharing. They need to travel well and be easy to reheat.
A few months ago I went a little over-the-top and made individual chicken pot pies for my sons. They were beautiful and delicious, but a ridiculous amount of work. Not doing that again.
Recently I made lasagna to deliver to a friend. I have followed the Moosewood recipe forever with a few modifications. I add pesto to the ricotta mixture and saute a combination of spinach and mushrooms to layer between the noodles. Using no-cook or fresh lasagna noodles is a game changer. I remember the days of draping the cooked noodles over the edge of the pot til I needed them, what a pain!
And check out these meatballs for a great sharing treat – they simmer right in the tomato sauce for amazing flavour.