Alan Ayckbourn's Favourite Recipe (circa 1988)

My most favourite recipe is as follows:

For one person: Open a small-sized tin of baked beans and heat in a thick saucepan over a moderate heat, stirring occasionally.

MEANWHILE: Lightly toast one or more slices of bread and arrange attractively on a warmed plate having first gently buttered the slices and, if necessary, scraped into sink.

Then chisel the beans off the bottom of the saucepan where they have stuck whilst you were scraping the toast, pour the beans or their remains over the toast and leave to cool in a draughty spot whilst you remember to boil the kettle to make a cup of instant coffee to drink with the meal.

* This recipe can be modified and made slightly worse by grating old cheese over the bean-mush and singeing under an unsuitably high grill which will also crack the pre-heated plate.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.