Shrimp and peas from the freezer.
Spring onions and spring garlic from the garden. (or old onions and mature garlic)
Wine, pancetta and olive oil from the refrigerator. (plain olive oil will do)
A couple of minutes sauteeing the pancetta in olive oil, adding onions and garlic before adding the shrimp, then the peas, then a couple of tablespoons of wine, salt and pepper to taste, and voila' a sauce for the linguini or fettuccine you have cooked al dente on another burner.
Add a salad.
At the very end, serve any fresh fruit you have in the house, with mint strips and a touch of honey.
Life couldn't be simpler.
Sip your wine.
Laugh at the antics around you.