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Poll: How do you handle meals when you are extremely busy and have no time to cook?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How do you handle meals when you are extremely busy and have no time to cook?".

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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just... Dec 11, 2010

plain white bread

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Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
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Simple recipes Dec 11, 2010

I just have a few favorite rustic recipes that don't take more than 10 minutes to make. From just a few kinds of raw and pickled vegetables, you can make many different dishes.

[Edited at 2010-12-11 09:02 GMT]


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Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
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I eat regional ''pizza'' (etli ekmek-- regional meal for Konya, Karaman etc.) Dec 11, 2010

If I very busy, I am buying ''etli ekmek'' for 4-5 days. Eat it every day with ''ayran'' and/or tea.


Saludos desde Anatolia a todos
Anadolu'dan herkese selamlar

[Edited at 2010-12-11 09:10 GMT]


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Martina Pokupec  Identity Verified
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ordering / takeout... Dec 11, 2010

I am sooo busy these times that I just haven't got the time or patience to cook!

I have a three-moth old who is eating.. well, me, but I also have a 6-year old who things that ordering in is something common...

I have to admit that we have started to eat very unhealthy and I'm devising a plan for myself on how to manage translating, breastfeeding, cooking, cleaning...

On a happier note, when I start earning a lot, I'll get an assistant (but by then my kids will have moved out..))


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Catherine Shepherd  Identity Verified
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I never cook Dec 11, 2010

My husband does the cooking, every single day. I think I'm very lucky in that sense because I hate cooking!

[Edited at 2010-12-11 09:50 GMT]


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Miranda Drew  Identity Verified
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i would prefer takeout Dec 11, 2010

but in italy, takeout is almost non-existent. How I miss takeout taxi back in the US....

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Alison Sabedoria  Identity Verified
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Cook for 2-3 days at a time Dec 11, 2010

I try to plan ahead and have meals ready to reheat. Vegetable soups can last most of the week.

My Rayburn looks after me in winter. I can prepare baked potatoes and baked apples in a couple of minutes, pop them in the oven and they're ready to eat an hour or so later.

To stay warm, I recently moved my "office" into the kitchen, so I can now cook while I work. I did get flour all over the keyboard last week, though!

Adnan: I have fond memories of eating Turkish "pizzas"!


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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That's what wives used to be for, so they said Dec 11, 2010

Catherine Shepherd wrote:

My husband does the cooking, every single day. I think I'm very lucky in that sense because I hate cooking!

[Edited at 2010-12-11 09:50 GMT]


Now, there are so many men who don't work (or work short hours) and who have working wives that it's logical for them to take on at least some of the cooking. I'm lucky, too, that my husband is a great cook. I like cooking as well though, so often we both want to do the dinner when I'm not too busy.

Our new kitchen is all over the house at the moment and by the end of next week we'll have all the latest equipment (fan oven, induction hob, pro-style tap ...) to help us both create culinery masterpieces. It's going to be magic to have a dishwasher again - the downside of having your husband do the cooking is that you feel obliged to do the washing-up!

One thing that never gets used for meals in our house, no matter how busy we are: the microwave. It's strictly relegated to warming drinks and thawing frozen food.


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Steven F Smith
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Ready meals Dec 11, 2010

I don't think we have 'lean cuisine' in the UK, but my local Marks and Spencers does a fine range of pre-prepared meals which can be microwaved in 4 minutes. I also stick a list of new terms on the fridge so that I can review them as I wait.

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Vibeke Degn-P  Identity Verified
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There is always time to cook Dec 11, 2010

Food is too important to be ignored. I cannot work without proper meals. If my work takes time away from my normal eating regime, I have planned my work poorly.
Right now, I am translating a series of cook books, so the temptations are abundant. But hey, maybe cooking when translating cook books can be called research?


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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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All of the above ... Dec 11, 2010

... sometimes my husband cooks, sometimes we'll bung a ready meal in the microwave, sometimes we'll just cobble something together. The one thing we won't do, though, is order a takeway as sadly we are so far into the sticks that no-one will deliver.

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xxxInterlangue
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I agree Dec 11, 2010

Vibeke Degn-P wrote:

Food is too important to be ignored. I cannot work without proper meals. If my work takes time away from my normal eating regime, I have planned my work poorly.
Right now, I am translating a series of cook books, so the temptations are abundant. But hey, maybe cooking when translating cook books can be called research?


Besides, it is a nice break and cooking healthy food does not need to take forever.

Like others, I tend to plan, sometimes cook for several days, have my son cook when he is here and does not work (some weekends for instance).
I usually prepare the basics for the evening meal between 5.30 and 6.00 AM, before I start working.

After I started translating the lists of ingredients for the labels on prepared meals, I quit buying that chemically rich food; and take-away is only for when I am away all day and get home too late.


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JaneD  Identity Verified
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Me too Dec 11, 2010

Vibeke Degn-P wrote:

Food is too important to be ignored. I cannot work without proper meals. If my work takes time away from my normal eating regime, I have planned my work poorly.
Right now, I am translating a series of cook books, so the temptations are abundant. But hey, maybe cooking when translating cook books can be called research?


For years I have cooked meals from scratch, and this habit became even more ingrained when living in France where the ingredients available are so wonderful.

For me, cooking has now turned into more of a hobby than a chore, and I too get tips from cookery documents that I translate.

In any case, it doesn't even take very long - my regular everyday dishes are things where I can just chop up a few ingredients and stick them all in an oven dish with olive oil and seasoning. Then it goes in the oven for 45 minutes, serve with a salad and a glass of wine and that's that!


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Other Dec 11, 2010

As an "only-when-hunger-calls" type of eater it's no problem for me to skip a meal or two.

Usually when I'm really focused on a job - translations, editing or writing - I simply tend to forget to eat anyway.

If the growling stomach starts to nag on my concentration, then there are always snacks in the house, e. g. fruits, cereals and cereal bars, and even candy bars.

Besides, no extremely busy time lasts forever. (Un-)fortunately.

[Edited at 2010-12-11 12:06 GMT]

[Edited at 2010-12-11 12:07 GMT]


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