Weekly Panineats: The I Don’t Need No Man-ini

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Weekly Panineats: The I Don’t Need No Man-ini


Photo by Tarika Narain

Don’t get me wrong: I think love is a beautiful thing. It’s the driving force of the universe, or whatever. More importantly (and more relevant to my life), the power of love is one of the main themes of the Harry Potter series. Do I see myself getting married at some point? Maybe. Do I also sometimes envision myself as an old spinster, knitting sweaters for my cats and shaking my fist at all the young hooligans listening to “Justin Beaver” on the street? Maybe. Both seem like pretty viable options, to tell you the truth.


Photo by Tarika Narain

As you have probably realized by now, it’s my firm belief that there’s no challenge or problem that life can throw at me that can’t be fixed by a warm, gooey panini and a good TV show. So, naturally, I applied this theory to develop the most delicious temporary (or permanent? Jury’s still out on that matter) solution to my absent love life. After a long, exhausting day, this panini is the only thing I need to come home to. And, even more importantly, this panini has all the qualities of my dream man: it’s sweet, hot and rich. I can be myself around it and it only brings me joy. It’s the only significant other I’ll ever need; and if I want more, I can just cook myself (a significant) another.


Photo by Tarika Narain

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 1 (It’s a monogamous relationship.)


Photo by Tarika Narain


2 slices cinnamon-swirl bread
2-3 tablespoons Nutella
Strawberries (As many as you want. Treat yoself.)


Photo by Tarika Narain


1. Preheat your panini maker to medium heat.

2. Evenly spread Nutella on both slices of bread.

3. Slice off the tops of each strawberry, then slice each strawberry in half.

5. Layer strawberries on top of one slice of bread (or both, if you’re feelin’ artistic, like I was).

6. Assemble your sandwich and put it in the heated panini press.

7.  Enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner with your panini. Fall quickly, irrevocably, deeply in love.


Photo by Tarika Narain

Still a bit hungry? Check out last week’s recipe, The Liz Lemon-ini

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