Jan 5 2012 by Suzy Talbot, Harrow Observer
Resolutions, not revolutions! Enough happened last year to cause a revolution, but this is the time of year when we look ahead, with hope and anticipation, so let’s be positive.
Most of us over-indulge one way or other during the festive period, so a healthier diet is normally near the top of the list in new year resolutions
The week before Christmas, I received a letter from Brunel University, which is trying to encourage its students to eat healthily on a tight budget – both serious issues for our young people. At the end of January, the students have been asked to provide a recipe for four people, costing less than £6. This is easier than you would think, but young people left to their own devices, will often plump for fast foods, including pizza, burgers, and chips. I accepted the invitation to provide a recipe myself, hoping they will enjoy it as much as I do.
I thought about one of my favourites from my book, Better Cooking by Farr, a much-simplified version of the Italian classic, Bollito Misto*. For me, it offers a feel-good factor, especially if I’m a little under the weather. There must be something in the notion of chicken soup having a healing benefit.
For the students, I will prepare a version using chicken legs, or joints, which can be bought quite cheaply in most supermarkets.
* Bollito Misto is normally a mixture of seven different meats, and seven different vegetables, among other ingredients, although some versions contain only five of each.