The TV series that never was

OK, here’s an idea for a TV series and accompanying book, which I’d love someone to make and write, please.

Nearly everyone suffers from low mood at some stage, and we all know that what we eat can have a big effect on how we feel.

But when we feel low, how often do we remember to eat the foods that could boost our well-being?


Just as important, how do we motivate ourselves to eat properly when we’ve scarcely the energy to get out of bed?

Isn’t there a genuine need to know how to cook simple, delicious dishes designed to lift the spirits?

The recipes in the programme and book must be tantalisingly mouth-watering with not a hint of hand-knitted muesli.

They must require no more than a handful of ingredients, preferably making use of supplies that may already be in the fridge or larder.

They need, please, to be presented in a light-hearted way, and should be (yes) fun to make and eat.

It’s not rocket science.

A diet for good mental health would include lots of fruit and vegetables (different types); wholegrain cereals or bread; nuts and seeds; dairy products, and oily fish.

However, a list like this sounds a bit, well, dreary.

So take these basic ingredients and help me rustle up something tasty.

Please don’t bog me down with nutritional theory.

I want to feel better, not better-educated.

Don’t give me methods that take forever to prepare.

If I want to eat, I want to eat soon.

Give me interesting tastes and aromas to pep me up: I’m feeling sad, not sick.

Last but by no means least, please let the whole thing be presented and written by someone who loves food.

Not a white-coated expert.

Nor a scientist or doctor.

Just someone who tells it like it is, and makes us think, ‘You know, I might just cook that tonight’.

So the next time you’re talking to a commissioning editor or publisher (you do all the time, right?), please feel free to pass on this little idea.

But get a move on if you can.

I’m actually feeling a bit peckish.

12 thoughts on “The TV series that never was

  1. Sit in the sun if possible, eat something really fresh, a crab, a roll, with a chilled glass of your preference and saviour every mouthful.

  2. Food is so important. Balanced over the weeks, day, and on each plateful. I can highly recommend Nigel Slater for sensible, seasonal, and often store cupboard ingredients. He writes well, doesn’t make anything sound long winded or complicated, feels and states that his recipes are ideas that can be varied to suit oneself, and there is not a long list of stuff in each recipe!

    That aside: try some fresh herrings in oatmeal with green veg and brown bread and butter. Delicious and brainfood’ too.

  3. Layer up plain yogurt with grated apple with tiny amount of honey or molasses sugar in a glass

    Similar but use cooked berries instead of apple

    Takes a few minutes only

  4. I get a slice of whole meal bread put a banana in it length wise. Fold it over a press it slightly
    Banana in a blanket

  5. I thought about writing a blog with ultra quick healthy food as the recipes or combinations are just way too simple to be in a book form


    Grapefruit halved under a grill with a knob of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon If no grill microwave for one minute

  6. Mud on toast

    Smash up a tin of sardines put in bowl microwave a minute. Serve on two slices of toast Season with whatever
    I like brown sauce but pepper n lemon juice is good too

  7. I can’t help you with the food but I can suggest that a further factor which you might like to consider is where you eat, when you are feeling down?

    If you are unfamiliar with chopsticks you might like to try Chinese food and take in the oriental culture whilst you eat.
    Eating fish and chips on the beach with the salty air and the enjoyment of watching people splashing about in the water in the fine weather.
    Maybe just having a coffee in a busy town watching people hurrying along to their work whilst you are sitting quietly in a coffee shop watching the world go by, in no rush to go anywhere that is particularly satisfying and surely will lift your mood.
    You might like the Indian restaurant to take you away to the far east with a curry or maybe like myself you just might like to eat outside in the sun!
    That always cheers me up, how about you?

  8. I am so with you on this one. I know food and my mood are related, when I haven’t eaten on time which is frequent, I stand and stare hopelessly into a not interesting fridge. When I am very hungry my stomach doesn’t really grumble but my blood pressure drops and I couldn’t care less if I get run over but as soon as I have eaten (well about half an hour or more later) I could maybe run across the road. I don’t really want the recipes I want someone to produce dog food for humans, something perfectly balanced that you put in a bowl maybe 3 times a day add water and eat it. No cooking, it keeps you healthy and your hair shines if it is good quality stuff. You could eat this when you feel really rubbish and then cook when your mood has improved. Protein bars are not this, are they?

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