Food

What Do You Eat When You’re Home Alone?

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Next week, the craziest thing is happening…

I’M GOING TO BE ALONE IN MY HOUSE.

After a year of everyone being around at all times — Anton singing down the hallway, Toby shouting at basketball scores, Alex tapping impossibly loudly on his keyboard — I’m going to find myself alone in the apartment without a single sound except the humming fridge.

Alex will be visiting his mom, and the boys will be sleeping downstairs (so I won’t be technically alone, but I’ll be the only one conscious).

Here’s my plan.

I’m going to get a gooey soft cheese from the grocery store, a box of crunchy crackers and some green grapes. I’m going to sip sparking water from a tall wine glass. I’m going to watch Palm Springs for the third time. I might do a Baby Foot peel. And I’m going to love it.

What do you eat when you’re home alone? Any other funny solo behavior?

P.S. A funny marriage debate, and 12 food experts on what they eat when they’re home alone.

  1. Martha Patterson says...

    Your dinner is right up my alley…maybe add some salami , pickles and olives to fill out a full charcuterie plate! And if you like gooey cheese…try this recipe. I’ve made it dinner more than oncehttps://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a57074/creme-brulee-brie-recipe/

  2. Rachael says...

    avocado rolls every time

  3. Maddie says...

    Aww another Plan D fan out in the wild! I’m hooked on her videos – so soothing to watch.

  4. Whitney says...

    Omg, while my kids were sleeping I also did a foot peel when I watched Palm Springs last summer! I have actually thought many times since then how that felt so luxurious. I just had to mention it because that is so funny that it was your plan. Hope you enjoyed!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Twins! Xoxoxo

  5. Molly G says...

    I love vegetarian meals. My husband is a big meat eater so I’m always cooking a lot of meat. It’s such a relaxing dinner to just roast some veggies and scoop them on toast. I love Smitten Kitchen’s Broccoli melts… Mmm my favorite! https://smittenkitchen.com/2016/02/broccoli-melts/

  6. Sanjay says...

    Omgosh For some reason I have been watching a vlogger who lives and works alone at home and video’s all her meals: the prep and eating. She always serves herself such complete meals and it is super interesting for whatever reason. She is Plan D on youtube if anyone wants to check it out.

  7. Cece says...

    If I’m feeling *really* lazy I’d go for spaghetti hoops on toast with melted cheese. Or maybe a fish finger sandwich. And then Ben and Jerry’s and some kind of period romance my husband would refuse to watch. But we haven’t had any time apart from each other in a loooong time so these feel like vague memories at the moment ;)

  8. Lindsey says...

    So. Much. Cereal!

    (Only the sugary kind!)

  9. Lauren E. says...

    My husband always jokes that when I’m alone I eat carnival food. I make fried clams (the ones from the freezer), have a glass of wine, and catch up on my bad TV and magazines. I am actually alone tonight! Just me and the doggo. I’m looking forward to it :)

    • Cheryl says...

      A plan is so necessary for such a blue moon event!
      I would order take out from the ceviche place near me because I’m the only non vegetarian in my house! And a giant piece of cheesecake. And a small bottle of sake.
      Have a new novel nearby for the tub. Soak with a face mask.
      Watch Little Britain until I fall asleep on the sofa like an irresponsible single with no alarm set.
      Paradise.

  10. molly says...

    Jo, that sounds divine! I always have a good loaf of bread, sharp cheese, some kind of wine spritzer type drink, and a fun extra special dessert to enjoy while watching a rom-com in bed;) After a bubble bath! xo

  11. Monica says...

    Whenever I’m home alone, I find myself eating toast with cheese and creamy scrambled eggs while watching something on Netflix and sharing bits and pieces of my meal with my dog.

  12. Laine says...

    Seaweed salad. My partner HATES it and I absolutely love it.

  13. Iris says...

    My husband and I are going through a separation and I’m finding cooking for just myself very challenging! I end up eating eggs, or toast, or popcorn a lot. Or a whole dark chocolate bar. Hopefully inspiration will strike soon, but I think the heartbreak makes it even more difficult to find it.

    • Diane says...

      I’m sorry you’re going through that. Speaking from experience, it is very hard. Your inspiration will come back when your soul is ready. In the meantime, eggs, toast, and popcorn are just fine. :) ((Hugs))

    • Janelle says...

      I remember those days well. After years of ‘fancy’ cooking, I wandered through Target after therapy trying to convince myself that some pre-prepared item looked appetizing (maybe hummus?). I think it was actually a comfort when my body matched my inner state in solidarity (bizarre wrist sprain, ankle sprain, etc). My gift to myself a year later was a 5 day cooking bootcamp; I promise the rising will come after the pain.

    • Ana Oromendia says...

      Through a separation, all i ate was cheese quesadillas and ice cream for 6 months. It did not kill me (the food or the separation) and at some point, the will to eat and make something different returned! Sending you hugs

  14. Emmy says...

    This post is SO fun and funny enough, my partner leaves town for a whole week tomorrow! This got me excited for my alone time!
    I’m thinking:
    Picking up the supplies to make dirty martinis, which I haven’t done since before the pandemic
    Thai takeout or pizza
    Frozen vegan mac and cheese (Chao brand – divine)
    Tray nachos for dinner (and eating the whole thing)

  15. Beth says...

    All of this sounds like an absolute DELIGHT and exactly what I’d want to do if I was home alone. Palm Springs was my surprise favorite movie of the year and I’m also in desperate need of a baby foot peel now that these feet have to go out naked in public.

    Enjoy every moment! xo

  16. Karla says...

    I like pb&j, eggs & roasted veggies, ramen, spaghetti or pizza, salads with fruit and poppyseed dressing, and cereal. For beverages I drink lots of coffee, soda (I have switched to coke zero in an attempt to be a bit healthier), and beer.

  17. Daniela says...

    Vegetarian food, cheese, or “I can’t be bothered to cook” cereal or popcorn. My husband likes big, protein rich dinners so I rebel when it’s just me (although this is how I ate when I lived alone, too!)

  18. Mira says...

    My partner was away for a week last year after months of pandemic togetherness. I realized I am TERRIBLE at taking care of just myself. There were three glorious nights of too many olives, martinis, cookies, and scrambled eggs before I high-tailed it to my parents’ place so they could feed me vegetables until he came back. I’m so good about prepping and cooking for the two of us, but clearly I need to be much better at taking the time to care for ME.

    But of course, I’m going to have another two nights next month and am so excited for a big bowl of instant noodles (he won’t touch the stuff) and a bag of extra salty Pirate’s Booty that I won’t have to share!

    • Sanjay says...

      Isn’t that a revelation?! That it is so much easier to eat well when preparing for another? It really opened my eyes to how much I needed to learn to love myself and give my SELF my very best when I was finally on my own. Have fun!

  19. Emily says...

    Very expensive and too much take-out and wine (so I can have the leftovers for lunch the next day). Once it was lobster roll, lobster mac & cheese, and hush puppies. Another was an amazing asparagus salad and salmon with couscous. If I’m eating from home – potato chips and sour cream or fun frozen foods.
    My youngest goes to college in the fall and I’ve told my husband that I’m officially done making dinner. He’s preparing for a lot of cheese and crackers in his future.

  20. Kate says...

    I am a trash human being and if I am on my own for dinner, I will get a frozen pizza from Trader Joe’s (usually the 4 cheese pizza) and a bottle of wine and I will EAT THE ENTIRE PIZZA. I usually feel kind of terrible, but I am an only child and apparently I love not sharing my frozen pizza.

    • liz says...

      lol none of that makes you a trash human!

    • Laura says...

      haha isn’t that just regular human behaviour?

  21. I love a single girl omelette! When I lived with roommates, I used to love to throw whatever was in the fridge–maybe some onion, maybe some spinach, definitely some cheese–and two eggs in a pan and call it a night! That, and a glass of white wine, is the perfect one-pan, no mess, extremely easy and delicious solo dinner. My married/partnered friends and I all still joke about making single girl omelettes whenever we have a night to ourselves.

  22. Jessica says...

    Greasy pizza and Titanic for the upteenth time. Followed by my nightly ritual of a tub and browsing Cup of Jo. I’m not just saying this! I can’t go to sleep without coming over here to see what our friends are up to :)

  23. Stephanie says...

    If I know in advance my partner is going to be gone, I try and hit up Trader Joe’s to get materials for “cheese plate for one” – whatever new cracker looks good, a hard cheese, a soft cheese, and something pickled. I will get some chocolate covered pretzels and fresh flowers.

    If my partner decides last minute to go see his mom, then I place my favorite takeout order that he would NEVER get on board with: a really incredible salad, French fries, and cookie skillet. (If you’re in Chicago – Crosby’s Kitchen will fit the bill).

    I also make it a point to get a pastry and coffee from a bakery the next morning.

    • Georgette says...

      I always do the pastry and coffee in the morning too! And marking my notes on this cookie skillet yum!

  24. Samara White says...

    Honestly, if I’ve got no one to feed and take care of, I live on yogurt, smoothies, and popcorn. I don’t want to waste a second of quiet time on cooking or grocery shopping.

  25. Chris says...

    I haven’t had a night alone in my own home in over 3 years but when my husband goes on an annual friends trip and leaves me home alone with the kids I make sure the house is clean and go to the grocery store before he leaves. I always get fresh flowers and a bottle of champagne along with whatever meals I have planned out for myself when he’s gone. Usually a lemon pasta one night and something super easy and unhealthy the next night. I make the food look pretty and eat it on the couch with a candle lit while scrolling my phone in silence and then order a super romantic cheesy movie on TV.

  26. Emma Nicosia says...

    Pasta with anchovies! My partner and I only eat vegetarian together, and but when he’s not around I like me a little tinned fish :)

  27. Lily says...

    ALL THE CALORIES IN ONE MEAL.

  28. Linds says...

    Being home alone would be BLISS. I probably would be paralyzed with joy. I would go full Kevin McCallister and order a cheese pizza, just for me.

  29. Amy says...

    My husband (correctly) thinks it is disgusting, so when I am alone I eat a boxed Mac and cheese—all of it.

    • Tori says...

      Same! Mac and cheese 😍 has to be with cream instead of milk!

    • Danae Marie says...

      I love boxed Mac and Cheese as well when my husband’s out :)

  30. Jules says...

    Popcorn and wine. Before I got married and my husband moved in, I would eat half a bag of popcorn or a can of tuna with crackers for dinner on the reg with a glass of wine and never questioned it. Apparently that’s not enough??

    • I came here to say popcorn and wine too!

  31. Taylor says...

    I live alone and I’m not in a relationship so every day I get to do what I want. It’s nice but I have a hard time making special meals or movie nights, etc because I can literally do that whenever I want. Does any other singles out there have a way that they make a night in feel special instead of just like any other night?

    • Katie says...

      For me making things special means trying fancy new recipes, or just plating things really well and setting the table properly! I usually don’t do full meals that require a lot of prep, so that always feels special!

    • Brenna says...

      Cook something regional and match the music to the food!

    • liz says...

      once a week I make one of my grandmother’s recipes!

    • Alissa says...

      I have a Sunday recipe tradition. Most Sundays I try out a new cooking or baking recipe, just for fun (if it’s baking I bring the leftovers to share at work, and if it’s cooking I usually freeze some of the leftovers).

    • Kate says...

      My housemates and I have pizza night on Wednesdays and taco night on Saturdays (which has become ‘vaguely ethnic night’ – we made risotto and eggplant parm for Italian theme last night). Having those regularly scheduled rituals has been pretty special.

      Sometimes I go down to the European grocery store to buy a locally made frozen pizza and fancy bag o’salad on payday Friday and it’s sooo delicious and wonderful and special! I always buy a different fancy chocolate bar for dessert :)

    • Alex says...

      Also, a person who lives alone here! I just moved out of a house I shared with three roommates so It’s very weird to suddenly be by myself. I normally love cooking, but lately, I’ve had no motivation. I wish I had advice for finding the motivation to make a night special! When I feel like it though, I like to rent a movie I’ve been wanting to see but that my boyfriend wouldn’t want to watch (Maybe something in a foreign language or some cheesy comfort movie from the early 2000s) and eat a frozen pizza with wine. It’s hard to find time for that these days though! Sometimes I watch a cooking show like Top Chef to get in the mood to make something cheffy.

  32. Tiffani says...

    I’m currently working a job where I arrive home between 2 and 5 hours before my husband depending on the day of the week. I’ve been super enjoying either picking up a burger and a bottle of wine on the way home or just having my pick of the leftovers and then watching episodes of Poldark and doing my nails. I’m changing jobs next week and now we will get up in the morning at the same time and get home from work at the same time and I’m really going to miss these hours to myself.

  33. Aleisa says...

    Makes me think of a poem I read in grad school, then returned to in early motherhood, when I finally understood it. I still often find the last lines running through my mind—through these long years of young children and now tweens, now remarried, and expecting an unexpected new baby after the memory of infant years have already begun to fade (what was it like again?):

    Tanning, by Miriam Levine

    In the light of noon in August
    I would lie in a deck chair
    on the down-slope of the yard,
    my legs in yellow sun,
    my head in shadow.

    The sleeveless green
    sheath I bought at Filene’s
    still lay flat between my hips
    though I was pregnant I didn’t show.
    My arms and legs were slim,

    my hair smoothed to my head,
    gathered in a loop that I
    pinned close with a barrette.
    Even so a few strands would stray.

    From time to time I would shift my legs,
    letting the sun have its way.
    I would lift my eyes from my book and look down through green unfenced yards.
    I wanted to be all unbroken gold
    before birth opened and changed me.

    A car would pass. From a distance I could hear
    the bark of my neighbor’s chocolate Lab.
    Anonymous and alone as I would not be for years,
    I would run my hands over my darkening legs.

    • Aleisa says...

      Oh, and when I’m alone, I make myself a bacon-wrapped filet mignon with a pile of buttery, caramelized onions and a glass of cold rose. (I try to eat a plant-based diet with only small and occasional servings of meat. But when I’m alone, I just eat one steak, at the center of my plate, nothing else but onions.)

  34. Missy says...

    This is such a fun post. And makes me a crave a weekend alone!! This is going to sound weird but it’s my guilty pleasure/indulgence when I am alone. Nobody in my family enjoys mayo/creamy salads so I will make a chicken salad pasta w/ rotini, drained canned chicken (yes, canned!), some frozen mixed vegetables and a bunch of mayo, salt and pepper. Eaten straight out of the bowl with potato chips as utensils. YUM. No shame in my game.

  35. Hanna says...

    What a great question!
    I make a tray of all the things I love. Nothing fancy, usually pb&j sandwich cut into squares, celery/carrots with ranch, pepper jack cheese and Ritz crackers, popcorn. Then I wash it all down with a Diet Dr. Pepper! For dessert, I make a smore in the microwave!
    Come to think about it, I do the same thing for my kids while they’re watching their favorite TV shows :)

  36. Akhila says...

    This sounds like a dream. As a mom to a ‘now exploring the world’ 8.5 month old and a loving husband who is working from home, I do not know the meaning of peace and quiet anymore. I do steal bits of time after I drop her to day care and on my drive to work (lately been catch up on calls unfortunately :() but I think for my ideal alone time, I would ensure house cleaners come the minute everyone else is out of the door so I have a completely clean house to myself (not a tornado gone throw the house, laundry piled up home). I would actually watch TV, sip on something, maybe finish my cup of coffee in stillness, and eat finger food for my meals. I love the earth but I do not want to do dishes when I’m alone so will most likely eat out of the container or use a disposable (recyclable) plate. and completely walk around in the house enjoying the absolute stillness. To be honest, I’m giddy with joy, even thinking about the possibility that something like this will happen.

  37. Abbe says...

    Y’all are my people. I will plan for a night alone (which I have not had in…two years? Yikes) for WEEKS. Nothing fancy, just what will I eat, picking out a movie to watch, etc. My go to is either cacio e pepe (I ate it by the boat load when single) or spaghetti aglio e olio with roasted tomatoes. I like to drink some wine while I make it, usually with a record or podcast on, then curl up on the couch and watch the kinds of movies that my partner would roll his eyes at. Followed by an entire Cadbury Fruit and Nut bar for dessert.

    For mornings, I’ll usually make a scone or muffins to enjoy while sipping coffee and reading a delicious book. UGH I need to figure out a way to get my partner out of house….

    • Kate says...

      As a single person, this is pretty much my evening every single day. But the way you’ve written it out here makes it sound marvelous!

      I guess it’s kind of like that feeling of taking your bra off at the end of a long day…sure, if never put the bra on in the first place you enjoy the comfort of no restrictions, but there’s just something about that contrast of before and after that makes the freedom so much sweeter. Hopefully you will enjoy some alone time soon :)

    • Akhila says...

      Omg yes to the Cadburys, whole bar, with no one to judge, but milk chocolate here :)

  38. Hannah says...

    My partner went away for the first time in 8 months last weekend and I finally got a chance to cook my favorite meal, which he isn’t keen on. It’s borlotti bean, pancetta and rosemary risotto with lashings of butter and parmesan. I always make it for myself when I’m home alone and make it properly and with great care. Eaten on the sofa with a glass of cold white wine, it’s a real act of love for myself.

    • Ashley says...

      ohmygod that sounds AMAZING

  39. Eleanor says...

    I’m single so I’m always just cooking for me and do not have a special “alone night” food, but this post makes me think I should have one. I have not had my house to myself (sans roommates) since Covid started, so it has been a while… and could be a while yet. But I appreciate the decadent ideas I can still do while they’re here :)

  40. Loren says...

    Sometimes it’s a bunch of Tuscan kale, spread out on a cookie sheet, sprinkled with nutritional yeast and olive oil, and baked at 350 for 15 minutes.
    Sometimes it’s polenta with lots of garlic and freshly grated parmesan.
    Sometimes it’s Marcella Hazan’s tomato butter onion sauce served over pappardelle.
    Sometimes it’s a bunch of chard sautéed with a lot of of garlic and cherry tomatoes.
    Currently enjoying the tomato feta tik-tok pasta.
    I live alone and make my own dinner every night, but those are some things I particularly enjoy.

  41. Julie says...

    My husband left today for Nashville, so I have house hotel for the first time in 15 months. I’m going to:
    -smooch and say even weirder things to my puppy.
    -drink wine and watch horror movies, Nomadland, and finish Tuca and Bertie on Netflix (so funny and such a great female friendship in animated bird form!)
    -eat goat cheese, smoked salmon, and capers on bagel chips.
    -order takeout Thai food.
    -snack on pickled jalapenos and pepperocinis (give me all the spicy, vinegary goodness).
    -bake a loaf of bread.
    -read a book on the deck with some white wine.

  42. Kristen says...

    I am so excited for you to have your alone time, Joanna! My then-boyfriend now-husband went camping for a weekend last year with his brother and I was so thrilled to laze about watching romantic comedies and eating a giant slice of cake in my underwear.

    Reading this post and the comments started to make me worry, though. I am still working remotely while my husband goes to the office every day, so I am alone for most of the day, which I truly love. We are expecting our first child this fall and I’m realizing that I will never be alone anymore. How will I recharge? Will my husband and I never get to just snuggle up the two of us with a glass of wine and a movie? I know having a baby changes everything, but I suppose I didn’t expect to never have a quiet moment of solitude to the point that I would long to be alone!

    • Meredith says...

      Kristen, it’s certainly an adjustment to having less alone time than you are perhaps used to (especially in the early newborn stage). But if you have childcare and once you are able to get baby down for bed at a reasonable hour, you will get your alone time back. I need tons of alone time and have found a lot of ways to get it in even while having a toddler.

    • Dana says...

      Kristen, the alone time will return! We promise! I remember thinking in the early newborn days “will my husband and I EVER spend the entire night tougher in the same bed ever again?!” And before we knew it….we were snuggled up together for 8 hours. The same thing happened with alone time. At the very beginning, I craved it. And it returned bit by bit until I was back to my normal, balanced, ambivert self. (Even sans childcare–babies sleep so much!!)

    • rachel simmons says...

      you will not never have alone time, if that is valuable to you then you need to make accommodations for it. I am a mom of 2 under 6 and I also value that greatly. hire a babysitter! ask your older lady neighbor to watch the baby for an hour once a week so you can go to target and starbucks alone!

    • Emily says...

      And those high-contact parenting years do pass! The first few are super-high-contact, and then your child(ren) gain more and more independence and then you turn around and they are driving themselves around and then graduating from high school (as my youngest did last weekend). The days are long but the years are short. Make sure to keep your “couple time” sacred – weekly babysitting to get out together (even to run errands) or even just movie night after your child goes to sleep. Each of you should also have a time where one takes the kids for an outing and other can have true alone time.
      Congratulations on your baby-to-be!

    • Kristin says...

      Kristen,
      You will have alone time again! Even if it feels like it will never happen for the first few (or maybe more) months, your sweet baby will eventually sleep and you will get those times back. My daughter was born 9 days ago but we have an almost 3-year old son, and my husband and I are reminding ourselves that we did it before and we’ll get there again. And right now, we’re just trying to lean into any “alone time” we can get, even if that’s whispering over the white noise in the bedroom when the baby sleeps.

      Something my son has taught me is that everything is temporary and so even when it feels miserable or like you’ll never sleep again, you will. And you’ll fall into a routine, the three of you, that will allow alone time for you again, too.

  43. Hillary says...

    When my husband travels for work I get excited because I eat a couple things he doesn’t like:

    1) Baked Potato with lots of butter, salt, and pepper. My husband might get kicked out of the Midwest for not liking baked potatoes.
    2) Risotto – any and all. My husband hates the texture and I love it, it’s such a comfort food to me. I love to make it with red wine, mushrooms, and chevre.

    • Julie says...

      I’m stealing your risotto recipe. I made one for my mom on Mother’s day that had shallots, white wine, asparagus, lemon juice, and Parmesan.

  44. Megan Johnson says...

    Haha! Love your very specific plans. Whenever I have the house to myself, I try to make something with mushrooms, like a risotto or a stroganoff. My husband hates the smell of mushrooms cooking, and early on in our marriage, he approached me very delicately to request that I never prepare them when he’s in the house. I kindly oblige, but I have the house to myself this weekend, and I’m thinking about going to the farmers market to find an oyster or lions mane mushroom–I hear those are really meaty and great for vegetarian po boys or fried “chicken.” Can’t wait!

    • Tiffani says...

      I had a special at a little local cafe in my city’s downtown that was a breaded and fried oyster mushroom sandwich. It was one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten and for 3 years running now I have checked their spring menu weekly to see if they’re bringing it back.

  45. Linda says...

    same, girl! and i cannot wait!! when asked by my love where i want to vacation, escape, relax my answer is always…at home, amongst everything that is the most me…completely alone. it is such a rare treat in adulthood. enjoy!!

  46. Jade McDonald says...

    What a TREAT!! x

  47. Tara says...

    https://www.traderjoesreviews.com/product/trader-joes-tarte-aux-champignons-reviews/

    THIS PIZZA from trader joes. I eat the whole thing. I live alone so I eat this pizza a lot. I ensure it’s in my freezer at all times. It’s not really a sharing pizza.

    Last year mid pandemic I made homemade dunkaroos. I bought animal crackers and dunked those little guys into frosting while smoking a joint. If you are feeling bold or have cried at all that day you can do all these things WHILE in the bath. The ultimate inspiration, https://www.pedestrian.tv/entertainment/zoe-kravitz-high-fidelity-interview/.

    Ensure you have alcohol. Last year I ordered a bottle of champagne on amazon fresh it was delivered in 2 hours. They delivered 10 BOTTLES on accident. This was around election time and we popped bubbly on my porch with all my neighbors. Bezos just bought a yacht so I do not feel bad for the error.

    ENJOY your solo time !! xo

    • Amy says...

      Girl, you are my spirit animal!

    • Trisha Renee Newsom says...

      omg this is the best comment…. LOL! I am not a drinker anymore but yes to all of this :-p That’s so awesome that happened with the champagne!

    • Beth says...

      I LOVE this comment. And as though it weren’t already good, it was written at 6am.

    • Dana says...

      Grateful for this comment today and every day.

  48. Mina says...

    I weirdly make a zucchini dish that no one in my family eats but that I LOVE. Then I eat it with french bread in front of the TV watching either the Bachelor (or similar) or Married at first sight – the types of shows my husband just doesn’t enjoy. Enjoy your days home alone!

    Zucchini with feta:
    Chop up a zucchini into little cubes, throw them in a pan with a bit of olive oil until they are seared all round. Salt and peppar. Put it in an oven-safe dish. Add crumbled feta and pour over (vegetable) stock until the zucchini is barely covered. Pop it into the oven at 200c until it’s bubbly and lovely. Make sure you have good bread to dip in the heavenly “sauce”.

    • Angela says...

      This sounds delicious!!!

    • Vittoria says...

      I am making this asap!!! That sounds unbelievably delicious!

    • jillian Bedell says...

      This sounds delicious. And my younger daughter’s name is Mina!

    • rachel simmons says...

      mouth watering!!! yum.

    • Elizabeth says...

      Made this tonight- it was delicious! Thanks for the idea

    • molly says...

      Ohmygosh, I’m making this ASAP! I looove zucchini AND feta AND bread. :) Thank you!! xoxo

  49. Kamina says...

    Ribbon pasta tossed with garlic, olive oil and peas and topped with crunchy walnuts or pinenuts and a clandestine pinch of my husband’s smoky salt that he uses sparingly to save it. Eaten on a stool at the kitchen bench while listening to my Scrubs rewatch podcast (Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald).

    Yoga with Adriene in the living room in my floppy bow headband while sipping a cold beer in between poses.

    Takeaway pad kee mao for one with a ginger kombucha poured out in a big glass, curled up in my velvet armchair watching one of “my” shows and texting my best girlfriends in another city.

    An icy cold Jasmine cocktail shaken up in my kitchen and gulped down on a hungry stomach while dancing around to my Friday night playlist and tossing things out of the refrigerator onto the bench to see what I can make. I love cooking solo slightly crunk.

    • Vittoria says...

      YES to all of this! Esp the “slightly crunk” part hahaha!

    • Jess says...

      What a beautiful, descriptive writer you are! I feel like I was transported into your world for a moment, through your words! Cup of Jo should invite Kamina to write a lovely article all about the small joys in life, especially food related pleasures, please!!

  50. Pamela says...

    This post is delicious! Kids are asleep and hubs is away — I had to stop and make my go-to, a quick mug brownie, to finish reading these.

    • Viina says...

      Well, I love every type of food and whenever I get to be alone at home I go for the easy meal type, ” Custord, Raw Milk, Cheese Noodles” . Ofcourse the lazy me 😅

  51. KM says...

    I can still remember one long afternoon/evening alone and I decided to make myself a “fancy dinner” — sweet corn ravioli, pesto, peas and asparagus. Grated parm on top. All from TJ’s and I ate the whole pan, watching a movie. When it was still LIGHT OUT. Felt so indulgent.

  52. Emily Colby says...

    Ooooooh fun! Treat yourself to some gooey decadent cookies too. And a hot Epsom salt bath!

  53. I just raid the frozen food section and grab whatever looks good! But favourites are:
    Frozen battered fish and oven baked chips
    Fancy cheese and crackers.
    Gyozas and spring rolls from the freezer section in Aldi.
    Pizza from the fridge section at the grocery store (its near the fresh pastas like ravioli) topped with extra cheese.
    Ice cream that costs like $10 a tub.
    Chocolate including maltesers, Allens chocolate coated raspberries and chocolate covered pretzels.
    Breadsticks

    • Deborah Wolfe says...

      Erin Marie,
      You sound like you live in Australia!
      I’m an expat from the US for the past year and a half, but was fun to read about the foods you listed!

      Loving seeing everyone’s responses.

  54. Ok Jo, I JUST had this weekend for the first time in like ever — last weekend (Mother’s Day). My husband took the kids camping. I slept in, went to my first restaurant since Covid, which was brunch with a dear girlfriend at the famous Tabard Inn, in Washington, DC with Bloody Mary’s of course. Then went thrifting at three different shops. Later I thought to myself how basic I had become — thrifting as a highlight. Except, it was! I slept in the middle of the bed, and ordered takeout too. I basically ate and shopped and was in peace. Didn’t miss my kids, but was full-hearted in love to see everyone again.