I cooked for myself last night.
This is pretty good news, considering how blue I have been the last few days… Black dog came home, and cooking is the self-love I need but often the first thing it takes in its jaws. So I hereby christen this Self-Love Stew. I’ll reformat it into a proper recipe later on, with costings, but I just wanted to get it up and out there in case someone else needs it today as much as I needed it yesterday.

Self-Love Stew recipe by Jack Monroe

Self-Love Stew recipe by Jack Monroe

Take 2 cloves of garlic and an onion. Chop them and fry in a little oil on a low heat to soften. Stir, stir, slow and cathartic.

Add a finely chopped or grated carrot (or parsnip, or spud, or sweet potato – any root will do) and stir some more.

Add a tsp of paprika, and stir in. The stirring is key. It is soothing. It is mindless, not mindful. Sod mindful. My mind is full enough. It is a minefield. Tonight I want to stir some stuff and stare at my hands or into nothing.

Add chunks of tofu if you’re veggie/vegan, fish if you aren’t.

Add a can of beans. Baked or kidney or butter or chickpeas or cannelini or whatever. Add some beans. For goodness. For laziness. For filling comfort. For making it stretch an extra meal you won’t have to cook.

Pour over a tin of tomatoes. The cheaper the better, Basics ones are brilliantly sloppy and liquid and excellent for soups and stews.

Shred some kale in your hands. Rip it the heck up with all the stress and physicality you can muster. Go on. Tear it to shreds.

Drop it in. Stir it through, breathe, stir, breathe.

Bring to the boil, like your fury, heat it up and watch it roar… …reduce it to a simmer. Douse in lemon juice to brighten, salt and pepper to amplify.

Spoon it into a bowl.

Add chopped nuts or seeds of your choice.

Sit in your favourite spot.

Hug that bowl to yourself.

Enjoy every mouthful.

Shoulders down.

You did this.

You made this for yourself out of love.

You are nourishing yourself.

You are smart.

You are kind.

You are important.

You can wash up tomorrow.

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