We all love to indulge over the holiday period, but with the new year upon us, it's good to plan new intentions (not necessarily resolutions), with the mind set of nurturing ourselves in all it's different forms, resulting in the best self-care.
Yes, it takes forever to chop all the veggies required for this soup, but oh it's so worth it. Brimming with nutritional goodness. It's like having a hug in a bowl, and lasts the whole week... just as yummy without the pancetta.
3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
1 onion, finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 courgette, finely chopped
70g diced smoked pancetta
1 large garlic clove, crushed
½ tsp dried oregano
1 x 400g can cannellini beans
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato purée
1.2 litre vegetable stock
1 bay leaf
70g small pasta
100g greens - kale, chard or cavolo nero work well
handful of basil
finely grated parmesan, to serve
Heat the oil in a large saucepan or casserole
pot over a low-medium heat and gently fry the onion, celery, carrot, courgette and pancetta for 10 mins. Add the garlic and oregano, and cook for 1 min. Tip in the beans, chopped tomatoes, purée, stock and bay leaf. Season to taste. Bring to the simmer and cook for 30 mins.Step 2
Add the pasta and greens, and cook for a further 10 mins. Ladle into bowls and scatter with the basil and some parmesan.
315 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QH
Claude Bosi opens Leyonaisse restaurant Josephine in Chelsea, his third project. His previous Socca in Mayfair and Brooklands in Peninsula London, which are both huge successes. A joint project with his wife Lucy, Josephine boasts to be the home of Leyonaisse food in London. Bosi was born and trained in Lyon, where his parents ran a bistro.
Josephine, named after his Grandmother is a homage to French classics and Lyon regional dishes with typical Boucon-style wine metre, paying for only that you drink, genius!
7-9 Fashion Street London E1 6PX
Start the new year as you mean to go on by dropping into a New York style warehouse vibe for all forms of yoga, pilates and callisthenics - plus sauna, and spa.
In cinema's now, Priscilla is a a must-see (and not just for Jacob Elordi!). "Sofia paints an absorbing, intimate portrait of Elvis' wife", stated by The Guardian. Based on Priscilla's memoir, Coppola brings to life the school-girl trapped behind Graceland's gates. See in Cinemas and on MUBI now.
45 All Saints Road, Notting Hill, W11 1HE
Indulge in the mindful activity of life drawing, hosted by artist and art tutor Bella Franks who will guide you through a relaxing and intimate class. Taught at The Pelican with tickets with £30 or £50 including two glasses on wine.
Big Penny Social,1 Priestley Way London E17 6AL
40+ rails and loads of vintage fashion to rummage through, grab a ticket to the East London Vintage Pop-Up, held on 28th January. Buy tickets HERE.