We’ve all been there. Padding to the fridge in the middle of the night to quieten sudden cravings and stomach rumblings as they demand their ransom; unplanned, unwanted and highly inconvenient. It’s rarely about food or feeding our sneaking appetites with any old apple; we want comfort, solace, the perfect dish to steal away your twilight blues or frustrations, often easy to make and quick to eat. Rolling out of your bed in the middle of the night is both an effort and a priority, when snacking possesses you and the floor is further from the base than you realised ( Bunkers AU have caught on to this); as you make your way down the hall, run into a door frame and switch on the kitchen light, keep these snacks in mind and your supplies well stocked. You will be satisfied, we promise.
Are you getting enough potassium? Probably not, nobody is, really. Instead of taking supplements (because who can afford those?), schedule a date with a couple of frozen bananas and a blender for a hit of this body fortifying vitamin. Need a dose of fat and sugar to top it off? Throw in a pinch of cinnamon, a row of chocolate (okay, two rows), shredded coconut and top it off with whipped cream and maple syrup. So healthy! Are your bananas skanky and browning before you can indulge your banana dreams? Good! Wrap them up and freeze away, as they’ll deliver the best flavour later on.
Mmm, celery sticks. Said nobody, ever. Let’s face it, only vegans crave vegetables as a midnight fix, slathering it in organic peanut butter for good measure. Repeat after me: Mini Pizzas. Yes, small disks of cheese, pineapple, ham and tomato paste, heated in the oven for five minutes until the yellow goodness is melted and stretchy, treating your tastebuds to a debauched treat, ordinarily reserved for DVD nights and those week days when you can’t be bothered to cook. The only obstacle you’ll meet on your quest for the perfect mini pizza, is the query of the best base; English muffin (puffy), pita (textured), lavish (thin crust) or Turkish bread (thick crust) – it’s up to you and your budget!
Who doesn’t love ice-cream? Really? Unless you’re lactose intolerant (sorbet!), the chances of an ice-cream craving during summer are reasonably high with a chance of chocolate fudge, wafers and sprinkles. Forget nutritious and opt for delicious, whether you’re a fan of full cream, cookies and chocolate variations, or the smooth tastes of froghurt, decorate with fruit, marshmallows, chocolate/caramel/strawberry toppings, honey and more – it really depends on what YOU at your disposal!
Cake is amazing. Sadly, cake also takes time to make and bake, even with the shortcuts, and who has time these days? Fear not, for our brothers at Eton Hall have developed a chaotic scramble of flavours to satisfy your late night urges, are you ready? Good! Become acquainted with the Eton Mess! Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries – just all the berries, really – sugar, cream, yoghurt and meringue! Fifteen minutes later (or less, if you’ve planned ahead and pre-made a couple) and you’re transported to a heavenly world of dessert sensations. Simple, satisfying and guilt-free – well, reasonably.
Do you have a favourite midnight snack? Let us know in the comments below and feel free to share your ad-hoc, culinary secrets!
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