My Movember Menu
Hair and cooking, never usually good bedfellows, but maybe that can all change?
I must start this column with an apology. An apology for that monstrosity sitting on my face in the cover image. That was the fuzzy result of one month's dedication to looking like a chump for charity. And I'm doing it again. This will be the 5th year I've grown a hairy mass on my lip to raise awareness for men's health. And this year it means all the more to me.
On the 27th of September, I lost my Grandfather to cancer. Aged 90, he'd taken on polio, being a SAS paratrooper, and the torment of raising my mother and uncle as well as being a sporting all-rounder and armchair coach. To me, he was a legend. He was a man full of determination, grit and endless knowledge on westerns. So this year Movember has some added meaning to me, so I have decided to do something a little special. One thing Grandad liked was good food, and I also like is good food.
Equally, food and what we eat play a huge part in our health. I'm no nutritional scientist and given I'm actually a zoologist, many would argue I'm no scientist at all, but anyhow, diet is important to health. If we eat a healthy and balanced diet, it helps us stay physically fit. So cooking and Movember does have a tie in. TLDR; Eat healthy, be healthy.
But Movember isn't just about being physically healthy, as a campaign, it also covers mental health. But, I hear you cry, how does cooking impact on mental health? Well, this varies a lot from person to person, but I find cooking quite relaxing. It gives me a chance to take a break from my day, my coursework, and the general problems of existence. You can embody Gordon Ramsay and swear at your ingredients in a hugely cathartic manner, or neatly slice and julienne a pepper in a strangely satisfying way. For me, and potentially for some of you, cooking offers a chance to unwind, destress and generally feel a bit happier. Stick on some music you like, a TV show you're watching, anything, turn making dinner into a little bit of you time.
And so that leads me on to my ambitious project for this month. My Movember Menu. In which I will attempt to make a cooking show throughout the month, showcasing some of my favourite recipes, dishes, ways of relaxing while cooking and above all, the growth of my moustache.