Happy New Year! How was your Christmas? Mine was grand: family, friends, good times and good food. So now here we are in the long month of January, a whole year stretched out before us. It is traditionally a time when many of us make heartfelt promises to ourselves to go on diets and up the exercise routine. Mmm, well I've started running again in an attempt to shape up a bit and improve my energy levels, but go on a diet? Oh no. That is simply out of the question: I love my food too much.
January is a long, dark, cold month and, in my opinion, not the month to be denying yourself a little comfort food. It's time for a bit of intelligent eating, time to ensure you're getting your 5-a-day to ward of all those nasty winter viruses that are doing the rounds. There are great winter salads, hearty soups and stews based upon lots of hearty veg that are all delicious wintery ways to pack in (and indeed exceed) your 5-a-day, but for me one of the simplest and best ways to cook your season veg is to roast it adding some garlic and herbs and spices or whatever you fancy in that department.
Not being one able to go without a pudding for too long, a tart or crumble heavy with fruit would be a welcome treat with a touch of virtue. So much more appealing than a low-fat yoghurt and justifiable after all those roasted roots - just don't go too mad with the cream.