Last year I discovered the secret to true relaxation, at least these days. I was spending Christmas in the States and not only could I not use my iPhone, not without incurring huge charges anyway, but I also decided to stay off my computer. I kept away from my emails, Facebook, the newspapers online and all of my usual time-wasting activities on the internet. It was easily the most relaxing week I have had in years and, although I am at home this year and completely within reach of all things virtual, I have decided to repeat the experience and switch off again. So this will be my last post of 2011, my 146th to be precise, but I will be back early in the Olympic year of 2012 with lots of bright ideas for getting through the grimness of January. I wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year and look forward to cooking for you, and being read by you, again in 2012.
This month’s recipes