We’re sometimes advised to be careful of what we wish for, but there’s always the opposite case of being hopeful, too.
A little over a year ago, I wrote here about my enthusiasm for a non-existent TV series and accompanying book about food that would be good for your mood. It inspired quite a few comments from readers, and even one or two instant recipe suggestions.
Sheena, for example, talked about trying fresh herrings in oatmeal with green veg and brown bread & butter. Anne proposed layering up plain yogurt with grated apple and a tiny amount of honey or molasses sugar in a glass. Christine’s thought was for sardines on toast done under the grill with tomato sauce on top.
However, fast-forward twelve months, and I’m delighted to report that my London friend Rachel Kelly, with nutritionist Alice Mackintosh, has written the very book I’ve been dreaming of. Judging by this video trailer for “The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food,” I’m sure the TV series is a mere blink of a commissioning editor’s eye away.
In the video, Rachel and Alice cook up spinach and spelt pancakes, served with salmon and avocado, which look every bit as good as they sound.
This is a time of year when it’s easy for moods to slip, so I think it makes huge sense to pay attention to eating for mind as well as body.
We had some great suggestions from readers this time last year, but let’s add to them twelve months on. What foods help your mood? Please share your experiences, and even simplified recipes, in the Comments section. My mouth’s already watering in anticipation.