Save time and money – but not flavour

Raid the cupboards and make tasty lunch boxes or quick suppers, in advance. For 5 meals you will need:

pantrya handful of potatoes

2 salmon or chicken fillets

3 eggs

a packet of pancetta

half a pint of milk

a courgette

1 onion

bunch of Spring onions

some mushrooms

a loaf of bread

a pint of stock

some curry paste


lemon and a lime

some garlic and herbs

bag of watercress

175g rice

plain flour

a glass of wine (not for you)


All at once, but separately, boil the rice and the potatoes. These should take about 20 minutes. Boil 2 of the eggs for 7 minutes and cook the salmon in milk.  While these items are cooking, chop and fry your pancetta and vegetables and beat an egg.

Assemble these meals and then the hardest part – choosing which to have first!

Meal 1 – potato, pancetta and egg salad

Meal 2 – salmon fish cakes (flake a salmon fillet, mix with 3 mashed potatoes, mustard, lemon juice, a slice of bread (broken into pieces) and some beaten egg, form in a pattie shape) shallow fry and serve with watercress.

Meal 3 – spicy rice. Use the rice, a teaspoons of curry paste, the courgette, mushrooms and fry together with some chopped onion then cook all the ingredients in some milk for a few minutes.

Meal 4 – make a watercress soup with the remaining leaves, chopped onion, vegetable stock and a couple of potatoes to thicken.

Meal 5 – the last day could offer up a kedgeree using the remaining rice, potatoes, salmon, the remaining egg and some curry paste to moisten.

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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