No Time to Cook for my Gastronomic Wednesday

no time to cook by donna hay

This is a recurring topic lately. I worked too hard and by the time I returned home I do not feel like stopping at he grocery store. Ordering in can do a few times but you want more. Tonight, we ate dinner at 10 pm. But I took the time to prepare a quick and delicious pasta dish with items I always keep in my pantry. Keeping a well-stock pantry is one way to ensure that you cook a home made meal.

Since we need variety, our fast-forward world often calls for recipes that require few ingredients and can be prepared quickly. Besides revolutionizing food photography, Donna Hay came to our rescue by making recipes with less than 6 or 7 ingredients. Her latest book, No Time to Cook simply puts more attention on tricks for saving time.

Since I owned 6 Donna Hay’s cookbooks, I was wondering if I would succumb to her latest cookbook. I do not seem to use the last two I bought. Honestly, the mouth-watering pictures won me over. This layout of the book is her best so far. For that reason alone, I have to own it. At the end of the day, the pictures give me courage to cook when I feel that I have no time to cook.

The book was released last year in Australia. It seems to keep in countries of the Commonwealth since it is available in Canada but the book is not yet published in the United States.

+ For Canadians: No Time to Cook by Donna Hay $23.30 CAD

  • DesignTies
    June 3, 2009 at 09:19

    I love to cook, but some days there just isn’t enough time to put a decent meal together. So thanks for posting about Donna Hay’s book — I’m going to check it out.

    I found a super-easy pasta recipe on Angelo Surmelis’s blog — just garlic, olive oil, basil, oregano, and lemon juice. I added some leftover salmon and shrimp and grated parmesan, and it was really good!! Fast & easy to make too, and not too unhealthy 🙂

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  • 1Capricieuse
    June 3, 2009 at 20:18

    Oh! We love Donna Hay here! Thanks for the tip!

  • Sandra@Botanys
    June 5, 2009 at 19:40

    Hi there,
    Love your blog. I have to agree with the above. I have this problem at least 3 times a week. So, what I have begun doing is picking up the main dish so something like a baked chicken from the grocery stores deli already cooked and then I will quickly bake a sweet potato and steam some green vegetables. While I prefer to purchase fresh vegetables, I always keep several frozen bags of various organic vegetables for times like this.

  • At Home with Kim Vallee
    June 6, 2009 at 01:41

    Sandra: These are good tips. At least you are keeping the momentum to cook a little. Another way that encourages me to cook is to have friends over.