My Rachel, the ‘pop picker’ for food to glow, is smack in the middle of exams. And what does a teen with a heavy diet of exams need? Yup, home cooking. They may want crisps and chocolate and those horrid, blue caffeine-loaded drinks, but we know – and they do too – that good food, in steady doses, is what brain and body need under stress. And a three-hour paper on teleological ethics (nah, me neither) sounds pretty stressful to me.I am exceedingly lucky, and shan’t rub it in, that my Rachel asks for healthy food. Like I said, lucky. It’s me who is the slacker. If I am especially tired or stressed I am the one most likely to crave tortilla chips or buttery toast. Or if it is really bad, peanut M&Ms. I know! Shock horror. Mostly I ignore this feeling and it goes away. Especially if I know I have all the fixings on hand to make a rejuvenating and ultra quick soup.