This isn’t really the post I thought I was going to write today, but sometimes events converge and the topic makes itself. Several things are going round my head: the death of Harry Patch over the weekend, the last of a quite remarkable group whose bravery and sacrifice can never really be measured; being at the Memorial Centre for History yesterday and trying to explain two World Wars to our 7 year old daughter; having a very good dinner at La Cremaillere on Juno Beach on a very tranquil evening that made it harder than ever to imagine the living hell that would have been unleashed around there just over 65 years ago.
And finally, today, the, in my view, despicable action of the government today to reduce compensation payouts to those injured in combat who develop later complications.
So today I am asking you, foodie or not, if you buy only one cook book this year please buy the Help for Heroes Cook Book. This is much more than a cook book, with personalities and servicemen and women writing about who their heroes are and why, and what they would cook for them, with some fascinating stories, and great recipes. You can buy the book directly from the charity here, or Amazon also stock it.
Please support the work of Help for Heroes in supporting wounded servicemen and women. This is a non political organisation, in their own words they “recognize that wars happen under any government… are non critical, preferring to get on with the job rather than talking about rights and wrongs.”
For my heroes, I am choosing my mum and dad. My dad has Alzheimer’s and at a pretty early age, and so is a hero for living with it. My mum, like many, many carers, is an absolute hero and they deserve our respect and recognition too. I would cook them whatever made my dad happiest, which was roast beef and Yorkshire pud last time they were here.
Go ahead, show your heroes you care and support all the other heroes out there.