I'll be completely honest: Being a food writer and photographer means my family is used to eating odd food at even odder times of the day. During the summer holidays, this is not much of an issue – my daughter will happily eat breakfast for dinner if I've been shooting pancakes in the bright afternoon light, or sit down for supper at 8 p.m. after I've taken advantage of the soft evening light to get a nicely shadowed shot.
But come September, the start of the school year means it's time to get everyone back in a regular routine. I need a repertoire of simple meals that I can make within 45 minutes (at most!) with only a little planning and prep work. I always fall back on meals inspired by my ethnic background — things like quick curries, stir-fries in the wok, and bowls of lentil dal with easy roti on the side.