14 November 2012

Table for One


(This probably falls into the category of the most random of randoms, but ...) when I’m home alone and stuck figuring meals for me, myself and I, the idea of doing any real cooking usually flies right out the window. Why bother myself with having to clean up all those pots and pans when I’ve really got no one to impress? However I can’t keep myself from tinkering some, so most of the times, my solo home meals are more concoctions than anything else.

pink tweed & cords

And when I’m by myself with no set agenda, I pretty much eat whenever and wherever I want. There’s no need for set meal times and pizza for breakfast seems just fine. I typically do solo meals on the living room couch with my plate balanced on my thighs or perched on the armrest.  I’ll eat in front of the computer or sometimes while sitting on the floor with my back to a chair, just somehow never at the dining room table though. And rarely do I ever bring any food to bed though – there’s something seemingly too decadent about eating in repose.

Here’s a smattering of some of my solo (sometimes experimental) meals:

Sliced apple with a bit of creamy peanut butter mixed with maple syrup. Seriously try this.

Boiled eggs, whites only, with Tabasco.

Cooked ramen noodles, no liquid. Sprinkle of the chicken flavored powder, few squirts of ranch dressing. Lazy’s alfredo, though honestly I haven’t done this since college. My grown up version of ramen is still chicken flavored, cooked according to instructions, with a poached egg.

Unsalted saltine crackers. That is all.

Pasta with jarred spaghetti sauce – my absolute fave is Classico Spicy Tomato & Basil – and probably way too much shaved parm on top.

Supermarket sushi.

pink tweed & cords  pink tweed & cords

Straight-from-the-fridge leftover pizza / fried chicken / Chinese takeout. But no Mexican. Cold Mexican food has an unappealing way of congealing together into one cheesy beany brownish blob.

Two tablespoons of onion soup mix with a small container of plain Greek yogurt. Scoop it up with carrot and zucchini sticks.

Cannellini beans with a dash of vinaigrette.

Cereal with milk. And cereal with milk.

A remote, a blankie and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream with a big ole spoon.

According to chef and author Deborah Madison, you can tell a lot about the “portrait of human behavior” by finding out what people eat when they are by themselves. I think I’d rather not know what my haphazard mish mash would say about me. 

When you’ve got no set agenda and no one else to look out for, what do you eat when you’re alone?

pink tweed & cords

pink tweed & cords

Jacket: J.Crew tweed khaki (worn here - sim, pricey, all-tweed, w/pleather)
Sweater: J.Crew spangled stripes (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)
Cords: J.Crew favorite (worn here - sim, denim, skinny)
Necklace: c/o Simply Livly via Etsy (worn here)
Bracelets: Target, J.Crew (sim, sim, sim)
Shoes: Zara cap-toe court (worn here - sim, ivory, pricey, luxe)
Sunglasses: Target
Nails: Essie a list

70 comments:

  1. Supermarket sushi is THE BEST! Definitely an "I refuse to cook tonight" standby for this girl. Love your blog - you're one of my favorite daily reads :)

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    1. Aw, thanks, girl! And yes, supermarket sushi is an easy cheap way for me to get a sushi fix!

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  2. Your outfit is lovely! I LOVE the sweater and jacket together; it's perfect.

    I'm pretty much always home alone for lunch these days, so I find myself eating popcorn a lot. Have you tried the lime and salt flavor? I think it's Orville Redenbaucher. It's amazing. Yesterday I ate carrot cake for lunch. Ha! : )

    xoxo
    Kerry

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    1. I've been a life long cheddar corn fan and have not tried any other of the flavored corns - but lime and salt? I love lime and salt chips, so I think I need to look those up!

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  3. I love eating cold pizza right from the fridge, sometimes I feel like it tastes better that way. Left to my own devices, I would just eat instant noodles or yoghurt and rice with some pickle - fuss free and oh so satisfying!

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    1. Oh girl, I had cold leftover pizza for breakfast and dinner yesterday, hehe!

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  4. Ha, am alone right now and having early "lunch" of bread and Brie. I love your outfit!

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  5. My kryptonite (sp?)is a certain lady named Stacy. She makes ridiculously addictive pita chips and I have been known to polish off an entire bag while consoling my lonely self watching Revenge/Mindy Project/Damages, etc. Also, I succumb to devouring ice cream straight from its container. If no one else is around, why bother with a bowl I'll have to rinse my damn self?!

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    1. Can you believe I've never tried Stacy's pita chips? I'm currently addicted to those Special K chips - they're like puffed corn chips. Or Pop chips too! Oh I want something crunchy savory now ...

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  6. your jacket is awesome. Perfect match for your cords.

    Enjoy eating by myself sometimes. I can eat whatever and whenever. I will eat dinner at 4pm if I feel like it. I still cook for myself though. If I don't eat a "proper" meal, my stomach fools my mind into " you haven't eat yet" and will end up eating another meal at a later time which is bad.

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  7. Love this post! When my husband announces he has other plans or is out of town, I jump immediately at the chance to grab pad thai. Or chinese take-out. I could eat Asian food every.single.day. My husband...not so much. I also go for supermarket (or Trader Joe's) sushi, and am actually having instant ramen bowl for my lunch today :( Sometimes, I'll also go for Chipotle. As far as making it myself, I indulge myself on a mixture of scrambled eggs/onions/fried potatoes. I'm not 'allowed' to make this when my husband is around b/c he hates the smell of scrambled eggs. So sad.

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    1. Chinese takeout is some MGS goodness - I recently "discovered" tangerine chicken, which are deep fried nugs of chicken in a spicy sweet sauce. Heaven ...

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  8. I love your sparkly sweater!

    When I'm by myself, I'll usually make pasta (I could eat pasta every day of my life and never get sick of it). Classico Four Cheese is my favorite. And I can't stand cold pizza...I have to heat it up!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  9. I become super lazy with meals when I eat by myself. Love this outfit! That sweater is gorgeous, and it looks great with that color of pants!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  10. mix pb and maple syrup? hmmmm, interesting. every morning i have oatmeal. i hate going out for breakfast now, it ruins my flow of the day, lol. i've been making a lot of these little pizza things. i use a whole wheat pita pocket, put on a little pesto and some marinara, and top it with some veggies and a little cheese. i also do a fair number of green smoothies :)

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    1. I can't seem to get into oatmeal, maybe because I'm terrible at making it, even the instant kind. But Greek yogurt with cereal mixed in is usally my go-to! (Or cold pizza).

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  11. Poutine - fries, gravy, and cheese. It's so unhealthy and so delicious all at the same time :)

    Love this jacket, it's so sophisticate and Jacki-O-ish!

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    1. One of these days I will try this magical poutine. Gravy is one of my fave foods! ;o)

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  12. Since Patrick's been gone, I've found myself alone on more than one occassion which is weird because I have three kids, but my younger ones go to their dad's most weekends in the school year and my oldest son is 11, so he has an extensive social calendar now. I seem to eat very similar to you when this happens. It's a great and strange feeling! LOL I love your cords and sequin sweater today Lisa!

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  13. two words - frito pie. fritos, chili, and cheese. nuke and YUM.
    my husband hates ramen so i will eat that. and olives. i love olives. he hates them. i eat them right out of the jar.

    adore that necklace, you look so cozy today!

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    1. How can anyone dislike ramen? It got me through college! ;o)

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  14. This outfit is heavenly! The sequin stripes are calling to me. :) Don't get me started on cooking - I rarely cook for one or two but one of my son's makes it incredibly difficult to cook anything at all because of how picky he is!

    Sequins&Stilettos

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  15. Chips and salsa
    Hummus and pita
    Avocado and tomatoes
    Peanut butter sandwiches
    Soup where you add water (but no cans)
    Ice cream and frozen fruit shakes

    Love the outfit, beautiful color combo!

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    1. Mmm, hummus. I get on a hummus kick every few months and I eat that with everything when I'm into it - even slathered in sandwiches!

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  16. The way the sunlight hits that sweater is gorgeous! And I never go all out for solo meals! Add a poached egg to any starchy leftovers (rice, quinoa salad, potatoes, you name it), and you'e got a brand new meal!

    Christina
    http://www.christinadoes.com

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  17. You look cozy :) Loving the necklace too :)
    I love eating a pie or just making jaffles :) or 2 min noodles hehe

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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    1. Haha, I had to look up what a "jaffle" now - I totally had one of those irons years ago and never used it!

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  18. My refrigerator is usually lacking in much of anything, so I usually resort to whatever is on hand. Hopefully, that includes some bread in which case I can get fancy and actually make a pb & jelly sandwich.
    My cooking skills are a bit lacking, so I've actually been trying to make real meals lately. Of course, they have to be simple, but I've enjoyed expanding beyond pasta or baked chicken. Who knew I could make pot roast!! And have it be edible too, lol.

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  19. That sweater is so cute! I love it. I have those same cords and NEVER wear them. Now I want to pull them out of hibernation, so thanks for the inspiration! Spicy hummus and pita chips is my go-to alone pig out. :)

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    1. I've had these cords for over a year myself and this may be the 2 or 3 time I am wearing them.

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  20. microwave popcorn and a gin and tonic. DH hates when I do this.
    Love the necklace.

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  21. Love your outfit! The cardigan blends in beautifully with your jacket and bracelet! Nice layering!!!

    Love Nyt,
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    BIG hair LOUD mouth

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  22. What a gorgeous combination! I have this sweater, just wish I had pulled the trigger on this jacket;) If you ever get tired of yours, send it my way ok! xo

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    1. I've got too many old J.Crew pieces that I wished I hadn't passed on - one of these days we all need to do a giant JC swap or something!

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  23. i totally understand what you mean by not wanting to cook an elaborate dinner especially when you are the only one home, it is a lot of work. anyway, i love this outfit and your blog! great style! -xo.melody

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  24. I end up having really sad meals when it is just me home alone! Last night I had a grilled cheese sandwich and fritos. I know, it's so bad for me and so uncreative.

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    1. My fave grilled cheese is a slice of American with a slice of Swiss. Something about that combo is nommy deliciousness for me!

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  25. I love the sweater with that interesting tweed jacket. They seem to match very well!

    As I tend to cook a lot on the weekends for the week, I usually just warm up what I got! They suppose to last for a couple of days, or I just resort to pasta with olive oil, garlic, tomato, basil and Parmesan cheese! I could NEVER get tired of this dish, but if I don't have any of these ingredients, Chinese or Italian take-out it is!

    Jenny
    www.jensoutfitjournal.com

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  26. I love the stripes, the pants and that jacket is to die for!! I love your meals for one---I'm going to try some of them! I eat cookie dough, pop tarts, and chips and dip when I don't feel like cooking. So healthy!

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  27. What a gorgeous outfit! I love your pants! A great color.

    Cereal with milk is a staple of mine. Perhaps a fried egg for protein. But with baby growing in my belly I've actually been making real food in large quantities and freezing it so I have "leftovers" to fall back on.

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    1. Unfortunately for me, stuff I freeze ends up going in the freezer but seemingly never seeing the light of day (or defrost) again!

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  28. ok lisa! those delightful dishes are something else (sarcastic) hahaha! oh gosh, i have a potato surprise dish. baked potato, ground beef, cheese and sour cream. it's from college. caloric. but good! love your pink pants!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  29. I love your tweed motojacket!
    If I'm alone, I'll probably go and buy myself a buffalo chicken wrap.
    If I have to cook, probably eggs, poached, fried, omelet...

    Chic on the Cheap

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  30. I seriously want to read all your solo meals but I'm so distracted by your wonderful look today! That tweed jacket is just so chic & the color of the pants just would make any cold day so cheery!!!

    REBECCA
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  31. My solo meals are limited. I need to branch out & try some of your concoctions sometime. Love the jacket!!
    xoAmy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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    1. Well I wouldn't start with the ramen alfredo, hehe!

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  32. half of these meals sound familiar to me. the other half are now on my radar for those rare nights i spend alone!!

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  33. Absolutely loving that blazer.. the color is awesome and the texture combination just work! And yes.. same thing happens to me when cooking!

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  34. Heart that sweater...and now I want fried chicken. Haha!

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  35. the whole outfit is cute. I like your blog.
    fashion-in-translation.blogspot.com

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  36. cooking for one definitely is a challenge. i end up with those kind of weird meals too, or like 6 days of leftovers (seriously....chili....6 days...still didnt eat it all!) anyhow - i LOVE that sweater - the sequin stripes are the best

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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  37. Love the jacket and the sweater...pretty much anything from J.Crew! haha...and your choice of meals for one is...interesting. Haha...I definitely eat cereal and pasta a lot for dinner when I get too lazy. LOVE cereal actually.
    ~Jessica
    http://jeansandateacup.blogspot.com/

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  38. Amazing post! :)
    Would you like to follow each other?!

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    xoxo

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  39. The layering is awesome, lusting over that jacket. We are complete opposites when we're alone, Dammie (Sixth) would take cereal every day just because she wouldn't cook. She has a stash of junk and left over takeouts... I cook at every chance I get, but those lazy days I reach for chocolate chip cookies, almond milk chocolate, and fruits.. You look amazing as always.

    xx
    5th&6th

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  40. I do a lot of solo meals since I get home earlier than my bf - I tend to make cooked meals that he can eat when he gets home though. But.. my classic is the avocado on toast. I loves apples with PB as a snack though. Delicious. Loving the outfit, the vest is a cute addition

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    1. I was one an avocado kick once when I put it on everything. My fave for a while was avocado on lightly toasted bread with turkey and some of that hot sauce with the Rooster on the bottle - perfect mix of salty, hot, creamy. Mms, avocados.

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  41. Love your sweater Lisa! My go to when I'm home alone is fried eggs and bread LOL! I've tried a few of your "recipes" before. I always feel like I'm back in University :P

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  42. i like to eat flatbread and hummus when i'm alone. or maybe a toasted cheese sandwich. sometimes i just love those easy meals.

    Maggie
    lovestylehappiness.blogspot.com

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  43. I love that jacket. It's giving me a sexy Chanelesque biker chic vibe.

    I'm all about the cereal, but I've been known to enjoy sweet corn in the can with black pepper and veggie buffalo wings with horseradish, and yes sometimes all three at the same time. My multitasking palate and I usually just stand over the sink and eat. I'm not sure why I have a dining room table. Have a great week :)

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