Excuse me while I indulge in a little cliché. As we pack away Christmas I am, as always at this time of the year overcome with the urge to become healthier. The fact that this happens every January is an irony not lost on me. Ever the optimist I am certain one year I will greet the new year several stone lighter and able to stride up the Malverns without creaky knees and degenerating tendons.
It ought to be easy. I love healthy foods, I enjoy all kinds of fruit and veg, whole grains, fish, lean meats. I love cooking it too. I have a Pinterest board devoted to delicious and healthy recipes , there is so much inspiration out there if I can just fight my way through the mountains of cupcakes and brownies. Baking is a fun and satisfying hobby but its results have to be eaten by someone, and all too often that someone is me.
This year I am aiming to put home baking in its proper place. Despite what television shows and cookery books would have us believe, cakes, biscuits and puddings are not for every day eating. They are treats and treats are not treats if you have them every day. The next cake I make will be the first birthday cake of the year -Tom's in February. It will be just big enough for us all to have a piece, with maybe a bit extra for the birthday boy.
Instead of baking my focus is going to be on this kind of food.
Avocado, roast peppers (from a jar), red onion and coriander sprinkled with lime juice and sea salt.
A simple green salad (from a bag of leaves)
Roasted unpeeled potatoes tossed in garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Salmon rubbed with a blend of chilli and lime (from a tub bought at Whole Foods in Cheltenham) roasted in a hot oven for 15 minutes.
All simple to prepare, full of flavour and absolutely delicious.
There will be more of this sort of thing. It's not diet food, nor rabbit food. It's delicious food for every day and it's good for you.