Let's admit it: January sucks. Many of us have eaten, drunk and spent far too much money over Christmas and suddenly we are overcome with a compulsion to submit ourselves to a month of deprivation. No chocolate, no cream, no cake, no booze and certainly no spending of any money.
Bah humbug is what I say to that. January is cold, dark and long. If ever we needed the comfort of cream cake, now is that time.
But I know some of you are more steadfast than I am. You are determined to stick to your guns and undergo a January of abstention. I've got something to make that a little easier for you: my very first blog giveaway!
Some of you will remember this review I wrote of Diana Henry's 'Food from Plenty' a while back.
I was instantly taken with the idea behind this book, which is all about creating good food from what is plentiful, seasonal and often left over from previous meals. It chimes with the times, as we look at food anew, prizing quality and flavour over what is cheap and unsustainable.
Since then, I've returned to this book many times for its simple and always delicious recipes. I've made Italian cauliflower with fried breadcrumbs, anchovies and capers; beetroot, goats cheese and caper pizza; orange and pistachio pilaf; tomato and basil tart; Middle Eastern shepherd's pie with a spiced parsnip crust - every single recipe has been great and I'm hungrily anticipating cooking many more.
I think you'll love cooking from this book too, which is why I'm giving you the opportunity to win your very own copy.
All you have to do is leave a comment below, telling me what your favourite comfort food is. I'll choose a winner at random next week and in the meantime, I'm looking forward to reading all about the foods you love to eat (or force yourself to go without!) in the cold month of January.