Dimly Lit Meals for One is a food blog with a difference. Instead of capturing irritatingly perfect gourmet dinners, it is a much more real depiction of what most of us eat every day: poorly thrown together and questionably nutritional meals.
Tom, the genius behind the blog explains: “I just love the idea of someone taking honest photos of their meals, real meals, which haven’t been tastefully instagrammed and which didn’t come off a fancy food truck in Hackney.
“People feel really bad because the stuff they turn out can’t hope to look like something Nigella or Jamie would make. A lot of people can’t be arsed with chopping vegetables, sometimes we just look at what’s in the fridge and get filled with a deep sense of despair.”
1. A twist on a British classic
Say you ran out of chips and consulted your inner child on what to replace them with. We imagine this might be the result. Still, you have to admire the gusto with which it was thrown together, and really, what better accompaniment to your five sausages and beans than ketchup soaked Pom-Bears that are impossible to eat with a fork?
“Make an Italian person cry today and show them this picture of baby diarrhoea cannelloni.”
3. Om-lette me go out for breakfast please?
It is bold to only have one egg left and still think it’s a good idea to make an omelette.
4. Lettuce have a fancy starter?
“Ladies and Gentlemen, Prawn Cups.”
5. A student delicacy
“The last Linda McCartney veggie sausage and an Aldi pot noodle. Kill me, please kill me.”
6. The world’s saddest fajita…
…with a sprinkling of garnish.
7. Carbs with a side of carbs
From the unfortunate diner: “This looks like a standard chippy tea, but what makes this depressing, is that I once accidentally sent that picture to a guy I was talking to on IM.
I meant to send it to my mom, who I was talking to at the same time, to show her I was not ‘eating nothing.’
I was even angry with her when she said she hadn’t received any picture, after I had sent it to her multiple times……before it hit me that I sent it to the guy, several times over, in reply to his question ‘what are you doing tonight?’
I’m doing carbs.
8. A pizza disappointment
This is healthy now, right?
“Noodles with melted cheese on toast, precariously balanced over a depressing mire of culinary sadness.”
“Adding a pickle to a plate makes everything okay, because it’s green, and if you have at least one green thing on your plate you’re certain you can’t be told by your doctor that you’re incapable of looking after yourself when you get like this. You didn’t tell her that until two days ago you’d just been eating paperclips and walking around an uncarpeted flat in sandals.”
11. A really quite ominous snack
“No pop tarts left for breakfast, so our loyal reader went for plan B: human heart and gherkin on toast.”
12. A Valentine’s Day Special
“On a sad, sodden, solitary Valentine’s Day only the potatoes have eyes for you, and the only person willing to touch your unwashed mushroom is you.”
Another from the diner: “I had a leftover pork chop. I thought it might go well with cottage cheese, because, you know, Parmesan-crusted steak, quarterpounder with cheese, prosciutto and mozzarella. Not so much.”
14. Salmonella Supreme
“Well Gregg, I was heavily inspired by Eraserhead when I was making this one.”
15. Absolutely no idea what this is…
…those might be eggs?