So it’s scenario I think we can all relate to. You’re back from holiday, you’re hungry, there’s nothing in the fridge and you’re too tired to go shopping. Previously I might have got a dirrrty Maccy D’s (other fast food outlets are available) but I’m better than that now. I’m also too broke to get a classier takeaway (did I mention I’ve just been on holiday?!) So I hoick some dry roast chicken out of the freezer and stare at it sadly. What I really want are chicken satay noodles but I also really don’t want to cook. Then inspiration hits me. What I had was (this sentence always make me think of MacGyver. For younger readers, he was the eponymous hero of an 80s TV show where, in order to defeat the bad guys, he would routinely have to construct a nuclear reactor out of bits of cardboard that were lying around wherever he happened to be trapped. Luckily he was a scientist so he could do this. He would start his voiceover with “What I had was”, list the bits of tat, and then explain how to make a nuclear reactor in 5 easy steps. I am a bit less unquestioning of this than I would be as a child. I digress.) Lee Kum Kee chilli oil and Pip and Nut squeeze packs.
I scoop the nut butter into a bowl, add a spoonful of the chilli oil which already has garlic and soy sauce in it and thin it down to the required consistency using… hot water from the kettle (yes secret 3rd ingredient!). I then hurl in chicken and instant noodles. Washing up=1 bowl. Cooking=zero.