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Snowy rationsPosted at 11:19AM, 02 February 2009 by Caroline Hire - Food editor, bbcgoodfood.com
So the snow's coming thick and fast. I've never seen anything like it in the ten years I've lived in London. Everything has ground to a standstill - no buses, no trains (at least on my line, South Eastern) and tubes delayed all over the place.
The news this morning told me cars have been skidding around central London and if the view outside my house is anything to go by the gritters are losing the battle.
I can't help feeling a little bit of glee at the white blanket that has been thrown over an otherwise drab winter. It must be the child in me but it's just about all I can do to stop myself from running outside to make snow angels in the garden.
The only downside is the contents of my cupboards... or lack of them. I've got the builders coming in this week to refurbish my kitchen and so I've depleted the stocks leaving a load of tins, flour, spices - basically a mass of very uninspiring dry goods and not much else.
On the fresh side I do have a pumpkin and a kohlrabi (that'll be my organic veg box), a wizened orange pepper, some cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic and a sorry array of frost-bitten herbs. I'm overjoyed to discover I have eggs, butter and a few lemons so that's my afternoon tea sorted but what happens before and after that is not looking too promising.
Looking more closely I see I have a large jar of Spanish white beans, frozen chicken thighs stuck at the back of the not-quite-empty freezer and of course there's never a shortage of wine in my house so I'm thinking perhaps a loose version of this Chicken and white bean stew. But if you have any better ideas, please let me know - I'm hungry!
If you're snowed in or are one of the brave few to make it to work but aren't planning to leave the office at lunchtime, then let us know what sustenance you'll be shovelling down to get you through the snow flurry...