In Simply Nigella, I professed my love for what I call Bowlfood. I said then, and I say now, “…. if I could I’d eat everything out of a bowl. For me ‘Bowlfood’ is a simple shorthand for food that is simultaneously soothing, bolstering, undemanding and sustaining.” And at this time of year in particular, I want to be lying on a sofa, preferably in front of a flickering and crackling log fire, cradling a bowl of warm soup. Not, of course, that bowlfood is by any means restricted to soup, but that’s what I’m in the mood for. After all the frenzied activity and, I must also say, frenzied feasting of the Christmas holiday, I need the spiced sprightliness of a Thai Chicken Noodle Soup (and if you have any leftover turkey stashed in the deep freeze, now’s the time to call it into service) or Cauliflower, Garlic and Turmeric Soup, and the earthy goodness of a seasonal Broccoli and Stilton Soup. And my Yellow Split Pea and Frankfurter Soup (which can also be frankfurterless if you so choose) is a long established New Year Tradition in my house.
Talking of which, let me wish you all a safe, happy and healthy New Year.