Life is faster and fuller than ever. Sure science has made everything easier, but to balance that there’s more than ever to accomplish. Personal lives are sometimes left in the lurch. Chores get neglected. Meals are no exception. It’s become a constant quest for making dinner recipes easy. It’s nice to know there are a lot of ideas around for quick meals.
Forty years ago people cooked a lot more from scratch. If they ate sausage, they bought casings and meat and stuffed the sausages themselves. When they ate pasta they used home made noodles and home made sauce made from tomatoes and other ingredients. Cooking was an all day affair. With far fewer women in the work force that was hard, but not impossible. But as people began to realize they wanted more from life than cooking and cleaning every day, more and more pre-packaged and pre-prepared foods began to appear. Cake baking, for example, slowly converted from mixing flour, eggs, vanilla, milk, carefully melted chocolate and many many other ingredients to opening a box and mixing in some eggs and milk. Today baking a good cake is a matter of about an hour, only 5 or so minutes of which are mixing and measuring. In the old days it could take half a day to properly make a cake. The world has changed.
There are lots of places to find out how to cook more quickly. Television cooking shows are everywhere, for example. Gone are the days of the Galloping Gourmet getting drunk on cooking Sheri while Julia Child droned on about fancy French meals. Today’s cooking shows focus on every day meals for every day people. Techniques for combining fresh foods with pre-packaged elements are displayed. That doesn’t mean heating a can of soup. The focus is delicious meals that appear to take a lot longer to make than they really do.
There are far more pre-packaged foods too. Most supermarkets have delis where hot meals are made. It’s a combination of home made and take out. These foods can even be frozen then reheated later in the week. That’s becoming more popular too. The weekends, when most people don’t work, are a great time to do the cooking then freeze for the week. Some foods taste even more delicious after reheating.
It’s still possible to have good meals without breaking the bank. Find tips about making dinner recipes easy everywhere you look. Enjoy meals like in the old days.