Sometimes my absolute favorite type of cooking- is the kind that I do for just myself. The nights where Matao is at work- usually after a good workout- when I have plans with the couch, the cat(s), and a book (and/or Netflix). The nights where I don't feel like washing dishes, or making sure my meal is balanced or diverse.
During the winter months- my go-to dish is almost always oatmeal. Not the sticky, gluey, mushy kind that comes from a packet or a tub (sorry Quaker), but instead the chewy, toothsome type that comes from bulk bins and occasionally Bob's Red Mill packages. The kind that is specifically listed as "thick". I like to cook mine in half milk, half water, with a big glob of brown sugar- topped off with flax seeds, walnuts, dried cranberries, and a dollop of cream. This is the kind of oatmeal that could make any oatmeal hater change their ways (ahem Amy!)
Cooking for yourself only is an entirely different experience than cooking for someone else. You don't have to take into consideration anyone's tastes or preferences. You can use the ingredients that only you love, and cook your food exactly the way that you want it. I tend to eat much more slowly, and with more awareness of my food when I'm by myself, even when I've prepared an incredibly simple or thoughtless dish.
Some of my other favorite meals to cook for myself are Annies Shells & White Cheddar with diced fresh tomatoes and garlic, hard cooked eggs mashed up with a little mayo and black pepper, and simple multi-grain toast with peanut butter and homemade jam. None of these are anything that I would plop down in front of Matao, and expect something other than an "are you serious?" type of reaction. Not because he's demanding or finicky- but simply because I never cook this way for anyone else.
What are your favorite meals to cook and eat on your own?