2021 – The Year Of The Banana Peel
As I have mentioned before Nigella Lawson is one of my greatest inspirations, I love the way she writes and I love her philosophy on food and life. I had been eagerly awaiting the launch of her new book after adding it to the obligatory Amazon wish list and I was lucky enough to receive it for winter gift exchange (we don’t celebrate the religious part of Christmas). Following her on Twitter I got to see the process of launching the book and how readers reacted to it first hand. Nigella spent time apologising if she had traumatised people with her banana peel curry and fish finger bhorta – something I cant help feeling was not necessary – it doesn’t take a genius to work out that there are people who simply cant afford to buy meat and fish, there are also people who hate wasting food enough that they would use the banana peel in their curry. Just because you don’t happen to be one of those people there is no need to berate anyone for their choices.
The fish finger bhorta was by far the most controversial splitting TV viewers down the middle, some outraged that they weren’t being served with chips and beans (apparently one couple had 11 each for dinner) the others loved the simplicity of the dish and decided it was their new comfort food. Not being a huge fan of onions this dish is not one I will be rushing to make but I would certainly not be put off by the usage of fish fingers. I think its important to make food accessible to all, Jack Monroe is another inspiration to accessible food A.K.A The Boot Strap Cook she offered up a Christmas feast for £4.34 a head which included 3 courses for 4 people with leftovers – you could frankly repurpose this as a celebratory Sunday meal and maybe swap the dessert for one of her other delicious creations.
For those who wish see the banana peel recipe here is a link to the Cook, Eat, Repeat episode on the BBC iPlayer Website, but I recommend you buy the book for yourself, read it and appreciate it, for those of you who don’t own a copy of Domestic Goddess by Nigella you need to buy that one too. My recipe book A Collection of Recipes to Change Your Perspective On Food gives you guidance on pantry staples, freezer musts and some interesting recipes to help you reduce your meat intake (its not completely meat free but it does have plant based suggestions and alternatives). People jokingly say that Brexit will cause shortages of certain things in the UK but I suspect the threat is far more real than we think and we must do something about decreasing food waste so if we have to eat a few banana peels then why not?
- Delicious Magazine – I was gifted a subscription last year and look forward to it dropping through my door every month, I look forward to being inspired by the plethora of recipes and suggestions.
- Nigella Lawson – Of course I will be keeping a close eye on her Twitter and website for inspiration this year, at 60 she not only looks great but has an encouraging supportive attitude – she also understands we are only human.
- Michel Roux Jr – my Michelin starred inspiration – I would love to go to Le Gavroche with my mother but the current climate means it will be some time before we get there methinks.
- Jack Monroe – A.K.A The Boot Strap Cook – interesting recipes and sensitive to budgets, this lady has a lot of advice for those who are experiencing hardship but want to stay healthy.
- Ottolenghi – Yotam is my middle eastern go-to I love his recipes, Simple is a great book, hoping for a few alternative desserts to indulge in this year.
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