Down & Out In A London Kitchen

Esther Walker started a food blog called Recipe Rifle in 2009 when desperate and unemployed. In 2010 she married restaurant critic Giles Coren and far, far too quickly had a baby daughter, called Kitty.

Blow the detox

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on Tuesday, 03 January 2012

Why does everyone go on about how much they hate January? I love January. It's my favourite month. There are so few expectations of joy and happiness that I, personally, love it.

I can be as depressed as I like. No-one invites you out for dinner, or to a party, or anything. It's great!

And I always find the run-up to Christmas a tiny bit like the run-up to the end of the world. Quick, quick, quick... got to get everything done by this looming deadline. And you hold your breath and do it all and sort of expect the sky to fall on your head. But then January 2 and 3 and 4 roll around in the usual fashion and you feel like you've been given a second chance at life.

Flowers to cheer you up

My mistake in the past with January has been to leave Christmas decorations up. Now I take them down with great relish - all of them - on January 2. I throw away the cards, put everything else in a cardboard box, stash it away and forget it ever happened. The only bum note is the sad dried-up Christmas tree carcass. Last year we bought a living tree so we just put it in the garden but it failed to regenerate adequately to be brought back inside this year so we had to get a cut-down tree.

My next move will be to go out and buy a lot of hyacinths, which I will do just after I've finished writing this. Hyacinths are a key element to feeling good about January, if for some MENTAL reason you don't already feel good about it. Go and get some with your remaining pennies that you have not spent on cheap tat and mulled wine.

Then have a small drinky this evening, to celebrate your hard work - if only because of all those recent news reports about detoxing in January being terribly bad for you. Cheers!

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