Slow, even cooking is required, so porridge must be made in a
    pan; please no microwaves that can create uneven heat spots.
    Stir continuously for up to 10 minutes, watching for the texture
    to become thick, but still pourable (spurtles at the ready).
    Add salt halfway through cooking: adding it too early can toughen
    the oats; too late can result in a thin ‘afterthought’ taste.
    For a truly authentic porridge, only pinhead oats will do. But we
    quite like a mixture of equal parts of coarse pinhead with jumbo
    rolled oats: toothsome but not a grind. Standard rolled oats give
    a very sloppy, poor relation to the real thing.
    Use water as your main liquid and add whole milk, soya, coconut
    or nut milk – milk should make up somewhere between one-third
    and one-half of the total liquid – to give you something satisfying
    and flavoursome without being overly rich.
    Soak your oats overnight if you want to cut down on cooking time
    in the morning; this will probably save you five minutes or so. We
    sometimes soak our oats with some whole nuts in the water.
    These give off their milk overnight, creating light nut milk to add
    a subtle richness to porridge.


    Weekend Breakfast – Navel oranges are at their best
    right now – sliced segments dressed with warmed
    London Honey and thyme leaves make a lovely light
    weekend breakfast added to thick River Cottage yogurt


    Infuse 75ml light olive oil by gently frying several sage leaves and a
    few slivers of garlic in it until they impart their flavour. Pass through a
    sieve and whisk in 25ml of sherry vinegar, 2 tsp of good flavoured
    honey and sea salt. Use over roasted roots.


    How to Roast Vegetables -Preheat the oven to 200°C /400°F /gas mark 6. Line a roasting tin with baking parchment. Chop the vegetables into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Dress in a few tablespoons of light olive oil, just enough to coat. Cover the vegetables with any robust herbs or garlic and season well. Place in the hot oven and reduce the temperature to180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Move the vegetables every 10 minutes, until caramelised on the outside and softened on the inside, but holding good shape. Remove and adjust the seasoning. Splashing a tray of roast pumpkin with sherry vinegar halfway through cooking will add to its caramelisation and depth.
    (excerpt from Good Food For Your Table: A Grocer’s Guide)


    January might seem like a bit of a lean month, but there are a few seasonal delights to keep your taste buds interested through the coldest of months. Look out for beautiful brassicas and sweet roots including; kale, cabbages, Brussels sprouts, leeks, celeriacs, beetroot, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips and swedes. January is citrus season – look out for: blood and navel oranges, marmalade favourite’s Seville oranges, Italian lemons, late orchard fruiting apples and pears, bright pink forced rhubarb and jewel like pomegranates.


    If you have a greengrocer, support them. Much supermarket fruit and veg comes pre-packed for their convenience (not yours), was picked before it was ripe and stored until the supermarket was ready for it. If you’re buying in season, you will find produce that tastes as it should. The price will be good, too. Look for firm, plump fruits and remember: ripe fruit smells ripe. If it looks wrinkled, is soft or bruised, don’t bother. Veg should look fresh and feel firm. Leaves should be vibrant, not dull.
    (excerpt from Good Food For Your Table: A Grocer’s Guide)