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Paula McIntyre


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Miso maple pork with udon noodles, greens, aubergines and peanut rayu

Miso maple pork with udon noodles, greens, aubergines and peanut rayu

Beef and lentil soup with coconut and ginger

Beef and lentil soup with coconut and ginger

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Miso maple pork with udon noodles, greens, aubergines and peanut rayu

New Year brings with it a sense of hope and new beginnings. Many of us will have made resolutions to cut back or cut out the things we enjoy in life. Even in the best of times, January can be a bleak month and depriving ourselves of a bit of joy is probably not an entirely sensible idea. Advertisers bombard us with “new year, new you” marketing campaigns encouraging us to give up meat or take up a new extreme form of exercise. While fresh challenges can of course be a good thing, it’s also important to keep smiling and maybe ease into the new exercise regime as the evenings also begin to stretch.

The other thing to remember is that eating a healthy, balanced diet need not be boring. There are many food traditions around the world associated with New Year. In Italy and Brazil lentils play a big part in the festivities. Tradition has it that they represent coins and the more you eat the richer you’ll be in the incoming year. Your health is your wealth and these nutritious little orbs will help you on the way. Lentils are a great absorber of flavour – boil them with smashed garlic, chilli, bay, onion and they’ll seep up all those aromatics.


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