I don't know about you, but the whole 'new year, new you' mantra that gets peddled from all directions at this time of year always makes me cringe a bit. When the mornings are dark and the nights are freezing, the last thing I want to do is ditch my favourite comfort foods – what's the point in making silly promises you know will only last until the second week of January anyway?!
That's why we've gone all out this party season with homemade gifts, celebration suppers and luxurious brunches that are perfect for impressing guests. For our ultimate New Year party we've taken inspiration from The Great Gatsby with the glitziest British spirits, nibbles and cocktail accessories. And when it comes to foodie trends, Anna Blewett has decided to abandon her crystal ball this year and ask the experts what will make it to our plates in 2014.
As you might have gathered, we don't really do 'diet food' at GBF, but that's not to say we're all about pies and puddings all the time (though you'll find plenty of that in this issue too!). We've got a selection of hearty seasonal salads to keep the cold at bay, while nutrition expert Dale Pinnock has put a wholesome twist on some of our favourite winter warmers.
And with Burns Night fast approaching, our Scottish Highlands & Islands special celebrates the chefs and producers battling the elements in some of the UK's remotest spots. You can also find out how to make the region's most-loved specialities, including Inverness iced buns and bannock bread, plus a traditional haggis made from scratch.
From the whole GBF team, have a fantastic, food-filled New Year!
Great British Food Magazine
With top chefs clamouring to cook with local, seasonal and British produce and increasing numbers of small producers creating delicious regional food for everyone to enjoy, there has never been a better time to celebrate the revival of British food.