Simple Pleasures #3

You’d be forgiven for thinking that I had forgotten about my Simple Pleasures series. I started it back in February, with singing along to your favourite songs, and continued in in March with reading in the bath. Then things stalled, but it’s back!

Today’s simple pleasure is about food. Food is a pretty simple pleasure in and of itself, if like me, you love eating. But specifically, today’s post is all about the food that takes no time whatsoever to prepare, but is totally delicious.

For me, a snack or meal that has a great preparation time to enjoyment level ratio is a winner. Something like a roast dinner is infinitely yummy, but it takes so long to make, that by the time you go to eat it, you’re exhausted. Hence why a carvery is always a delight; all the fun of the eating without any of the preparation.

But you’d never go out to a restaurant and order beans on toast (at least I wouldn’t), because it’s so easy to make at home. I often have beans on toast for lunch, and it’s the quickest thing to make, but one of the most delicious things to eat. Seriously, I adore beans on toast.

Obviously, any self respecting beans on toast has to have a generous sprinkling of cheese on top (parmesan or cheddar works for me). Just looking at this photo is making my mouth water!

Another snack that I feel has a good ratio is nachos. Or at least, nachos the way I make them! If I have guacamole, I use it, but more often than not I just have tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream.

I know that most Mexicans and Tex-Mex aficionados would scoff at my nachos, but I don’t care. I put some tortilla chips in a dish, sprinkle on some cheese, bake for about ten minutes and serve with sour cream and guacamole where available. Another snack that doesn’t take any time or effort to prepare, but is delicious once it’s ready!

What are your favourite snacks in this category?

14 Comments on Simple Pleasures #3

  1. vonsea
    July 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm (4 years ago)

    I love beans on toast! We were having a debate at work as to whether this was an acceptable evening meal or not. Unsurprisingly, most of the women felt it was, but most of the men disagreed, saying it wasn’t substantial enough. Personally, I am quite specific about the way I eat Beans on Toast. The toast has to be golden, with the butter or spread added whilst it is still hot and then three lines have to be scored into each slice. The two slices then need to be cut into triangular quarters and stacked, with the beans on top, then the cheese. The cheese must be cheddar though- none of this parmesan nonsense. I also like to ensure I have a good ratio of sauce to bean to toast as there is nothing worse then having a little bit of one left over without the other. Ideally, I also like to have a cup of tea, followed by some dairy milk chocolate for dessert. Perfect comfort food. xxx

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    • Janey
      July 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm (4 years ago)

      Remind me never to make beans on toast for you – you’re far too fussy! I actually don’t know how we have never had beans on toast in the caravan! We need to!

      I’m with you on the cup of tea and Dairy Milk chocolate though. Yumsters!

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  2. bevchen
    July 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm (4 years ago)

    Mmmm, beans on toast! I rarely have them here cos both beans and cheddar cheese are sooooo expensive.

    I make nachos with a lyer of tortilla chips, a layer of salsa (shop-bought of course!) then a layer of grated cheese… then repeat until you’re out of crisps/salsa/cheese, making sure to end on a layer of cheese, of course. Bake for 10-15 minutes (basically, til the cheese has melted) and dig in!

    One thing I really love is crisps dipped inherb quark. Literally NO preparation… open the tub of quark, grab some crisps and get nomming!

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    • Janey
      July 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm (4 years ago)

      I don’t think I could live for so long without beans on toast!

      My nachos aren’t really nachos, but I don’t like salsa so I can’t have that!

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  3. chantelle Hazelden
    July 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm (4 years ago)

    I really love beans on toast however I do like to melt the cheese in the beans before serving rather than sprinkling on top, yum!! x

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    • Janey
      July 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm (4 years ago)

      I have never done that, I’ll have to give it a go!

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  4. Carry
    July 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm (4 years ago)

    beans on toast is a favourite for me too. 🙂 one meal i do eat quite a lot that doesn’t really take that much time is bahcelors pasta and sauce (cheese and broccoli flavoured) with slices of luncheon meat, cheese (can never have too much cheese) and half a chopped up pepper (i normally eat the other half while it’s cooking).

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    • Janey
      July 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm (4 years ago)

      Well that sounds yummy, and not too hard to prepare! 🙂

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  5. Louisa
    July 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Beans on toast is yum! And definately with cheese on top 🙂

    My favourite simple pleasure snack is boiled eggs and toast soldiers – something you never seem to cook once you get old! x

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    • Janey
      July 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm (4 years ago)

      Ah, boiled egg and soldiers! I still have it from time to time, but that’s one of those snacks that I think tastes better if someone else prepares it for you! 🙂

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  6. Sarah
    July 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve never had beans on toast . . . I’ve put eggs on toast (LOVE), but never tried beans. Might have to one day :]
    I think my favorite easy snack is peanut butter and apples (or pretzels, if we don’t have apples).

    My brother and I used to make nachos like that ALL the time when we were kids. :]

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    • Janey
      July 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm (4 years ago)

      I was going to ask how you could never have had beans on toast, but I think it’s probably a rather British thing! Eggs on toast is good – scrambled is best for me. And I LOVE peanut butter and apples! I always thought I wouldn’t like it, but I do! I’ve never tried pretzels with peanut butter, but I love pretzels, so I’m going to give it a go.

      Simple nachos are the best! 😉

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