I got home late last night, hungry and too tired to eat out - and realized that I hadn't been grocery shopping in about 2 weeks. But, luckily, I had on hand the staples for making one of my never-fail, yummy things to eat in less than 15 minutes. While waiting for my matzo brei (sp?) to finish - I couldn't help but think that there must be other chowhounds out there with a repetoire of delicious things that can be whipped up with a minimum of fuss using ingredients that keep well and are probably in the cupboard anyway. And if we all share our secrets, we can expand eachother's repetoires thus making the world a happier place - at least during times of late-night munchies.
So, to start off, my stand-by's are
the aforementioned matzo brei (really, how do you spell that?) - eggs scrambled with crumbled and soaked matzo, cooked in LOTS of butter, add salt and pepper.
sopa de ajo - saute sliced garlic (2 or 3 cloves) in olive oil, add paprika and chicken broth, poach an egg in the simmering broth (I like to break it up before it sets too much) and throw in some chunks of bread (I keep slices of stale baguette in the freezer just for this purpose.)
tortilla espanola - saute diced (about the size of a pnecil eraser) onion and potato in olive oil, add beaten eggs - once its set, flip the entire thing onto plate and then back into the pan to cook the other side.
(apologies to Anna Thomas for the last two - both of those originally came from the vegetarian epicure)