Today is National Fast Food Day, but let me just get this out of the way — for anyone who has to work a full day and still go home to cook for their family, everyday is national fast food day.
In my house, Sunday to Thursday, I do not cook, otherwise nobody would eat.
I get home after everyone else and by the time I get there the kids are fed, usually a delicious supper “quickly” rustled up by hubby.
As I have bragged before, he is a chef, met tjappies to prove it.
He can cook just about anything in 20 minutes. It makes me thoroughly ill that he is a more efficient cook than I am. I would say better but the jury is still out on that one.
My kids will eat just about anything I give them as long as it does not take more than 30 minutes to make.
So rolls, viennas, hot chips, pastries, samoosas – you know, fast and efficient food – are the order of the day.
Lately they like dip everything, and I’ve had to purchase those little sauce bakkies and put it on the side of their plates, “just like at McDonald’s, mommy”.
My family loves quick, easy meals and I like to accommodate them.
The days of standing in front of a hot stove for hours is lankal verby.
Fast food can be healthy and nutritious if you use the right ingredients, hence All Gold’s launch of National Fast Food Day.
Popularised in the USA during the 1950s, fast food is when you order your food (prepared in five minutes or less) at a restaurant and leave.
It all started after World War I, when cars became more popular and more affordable. An American company called White Castle started a chain of restaurants selling hamburgers for five cents each.
The first White Castle restaurant was opened in 1916. Their recipe for success? A limited-menu, high-volume, low-cost and high-speed eatery.
Clearly, the trend took off!
Common fast food menu items include everything from hamburgers and chips, to fried chicken and fish, pizzas, hot dogs, the works! And what is hot chips now without tomato sauce?
Back in the 1970s a magic combination was a great big dollop of All Gold Tomato Sauce, a good helping of Mrs Ball’s Original Chutney, and a shaking of Holbrooks Worcestershire Sauce.
This was dubbed ‘monkey gland sauce’ and it accompanied everything from hot dogs to hamburgers and warm crispy chips.
It still goes down a treat with young and old; why not use it on National Fast Food Day?