I LOVE January. Detoxing comes easily and relaxing in new Christmas pyjamas on the sofa seems like the fitting reward for staying in drinking green tea evening after evening.
Exercise is not a chore, it’s promoted everywhere and it’s what we DO in January to fight the festive flab. Besides, it’s chilly at this time of year so working up a sweat is a reward! But the true reward for me in January is that by detoxing and working out I can cook and eat as much food as I like – as long as it’s healthy.
Thick and creamy leek and potato soup, homemade bread, oat and honey cookies, vibrant green, slightly salty pea and ham soup, cheese straws with crispy bacon snacks, sherry and caramelised onion tart, roasted pumpkin puree risotto, fish pie with parsley sauce, porridge and nuts, ham with piles of garlic sautéed sweetheart cabbage, avocados on toast, oh I am in January heaven.
Sherry and caramelised onion tart
- Line an 8 in tart case with pastry and bake blind.
- 3 onions
- 4 cloves of garlic
- A small knob of butter
- A splash of olive oil
- A good slurp of sherry or marsala
- 2 eggs
- Salt, pepper
- Fresh chopped parsley,thyme or sage
Oat and honey cookies
Makes about 15 cookies
- 1.5 oz soft butter
- 2oz soft dark brown sugar
- Tablespoon runny honey
- 1 egg
- 2 oz plain flour
- Pinch of salt and baking powder
- 6oz good quality oats
- 2 oz chopped apricots
– Add the oats with the apricots and combine well with a wooden spoon.
And if this is not working for you in January try highlights!