... so cold and flu be done! I went for a training session with the lovely PT this morning and even though I had to drag my tired and sorry arse out of bed and I really didn't feel like it at all it actually did me the world of good. I feel alive for the first time in weeks. It's quite amazing how healing it can be when you actually get yourself motivated... I almost wish i'd done it sooner. Usually it's food that makes everything good again. What better cure for a malaise is there than a glorious bowl of hot, clear chicken soup... what better way to cheer the day up than with a naughty, triple-layered chocolate cake... and what can be more wonderful for the soul than the smell and taste of freshly baked bread? The issue is that when you have a cold and a blocked nose you really can't taste anything and I hate a wasted calorie if I can't taste the lovely food. So my new solution is to get the body moving. Don't sit around for too long because when you get to a certain age it all starts to seize up and that's no fun for anyone...
...Denby have recently launched a new range of cast iron cookware and they have very kindly sent me this beautiful 30cm round shallow casserole dish to test-drive. Denby is a classic British tableware brand, founded in 1809. They've had something of a revival recently, updating their traditional ranges with some stunning contemporary designed tableware that has a clear nod to the brands roots whilst enabling them to not get left behind in the marketplace by newer, style-led companies. I've been genuinely impressed with their collections and this new addition to the Denby family of stunning and colourful cast iron is more than a welcome. I love cooking with cast iron. If you've never owned a piece then I implore you to go out there and invest. Cast Iron is versatile, strong and easy to use, cast from molten iron and then enamelled, this multi-layered manufacturing process means the post heats up faster and stays warmer longer making them brilliant for all kinds of meals and the brilliant thing is that they can go from hob to oven and back again without a worry which means they're ideal for 'one-pot' cooking... I love the weight and solid quality Cast Iron brings. There is nothing more comforting and warming to the soul than a slow-cooked casserole being delivered to the table is a beautiful, enamelled dish.
mushroom and kale white lasagne
- 1 medium onion - finely chopped
- 2 stalks of celery - finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic - peeled and crushed
- 150g bag of chopped kale
- 150g bag of mixed leaves - I used rocket, watercress and spinach
- 4 portobello or field mushrooms - thickly sliced
- 1 large teaspoon of orgeno - dried or fresh
- 550ml full fat milk
- 200 good quality vegetable stock
- 75g unsalted butter
- 2oz plain flour
- 250g strong cheddar - freshly grated