Cosy Winter Goodness

Can we talk about healthy?

Feeling healthy is great.

I am a preaching convert, always harping on about a life of fresh skin, enough sleep and lots of vitamins. Your grandmother was right about this, as with so many things.

However, eating healthy to the point you feel deprived and crabby is just not worth my time.

The way I figure it, overdoing healthiness is gluttonous in its own way. Love life. Have a cookie with your juice.

It’s all about balance.

So, in this dreich* madhouse we call February, a treat like this never goes astray.

Waitrose Bakes Pumpkin Gratin with Rosemary & Goats Cheese

Sure, it looks like a big healthy pan of roast vegetables and seeds, but don’t be fooled. Lurking under its crusty skin is a delectable swamp of cheese and cream.

Pat yourself on the back for eating a main course almost entirely consisting of veg, but savour the rich, fatty deliciousness too. It’s a double win.

Incidentally, it is particularly nice with slow roasted squash and a hard italian cheese in place of the pumpkin and goat’s cheese. And if you accidentally buy double cream instead of single, I won’t tell a soul.


* And while I’m on a roll, can I just say the Scots language is absolutely one of my favourite things about living here?

It’s so vibrant and bright and coarse in all the right places.

Dreich is one of those words I can no longer do without no matter where I live, and it could have been invented nowhere so aptly as Scotland.

Urban Dictionary describes it (laudibly, I may add) thus:

A combination of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and miserable weather.
At least four of the above adjectives must apply before the weather is truly dreich.

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