Way back when, Carrie on “Sex and the city” looked into what she called “secret single behavior”. Those things you do when no one is there to watch you. Well, I’m a grass widow this week and it seems my secret single behavior is having nothing but hot chocolate and bread for dinner while watching Masterchef and then going to bed at 9:30, at the latest. Not so exciting, but very comfortable.
It’s a little ironic, actually. These past few weeks, me and my boyfriend have made fun of another TV-show that spent one whole episode investigating what single people really eat, or if they even eat at all. “That’s soooo ridiculous, as if there’s no reason to make a nice meal for yourself just because you’re single! When I was single I made great food for myself all the time! Like, aaaall the time” we’d say and laugh at the stupidity.
Fast forward to now, and I see no reason whatsoever to turn on the oven and bring out all of those pans, when all I could do is microwave a cup of milk, stir in some cocoa powder and put butter and cheese on a sandwich. There, dinner preparations done during the commercial break of Masterchef.
This doesn’t have to be you, though! Get out of that couch and treat yourself to a real meal, even if it is just you and the remote control that get to enjoy it. If you want a simple and filling dish with a little edge to it, this Spanish fish soup with saffron, orange and olives is almost as easy to make as hot chocolate.
Here’s how: For the soup, sauté an onion and a couple of garlic cloves in a big soup pan. Add about 800 ml of fish stock, a can of crushed tinned tomatoes, salt and pepper. Let it boil under a lid for about 10 minutes. Add the juice from one orange and then cod cut in chunks. Let it simmer for another five minutes or until the fish is done. For the toppings, mix crème fraiche with saffron, crushed garlic, salt, pepper and chives. Then slice green olives and mix them with some orange zest. Serve the soup with the saffron sauce and the orange olives on top. You may also add some bread to the side, but I’d leave out the hot chocolate. For now.