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It’s that time of year when our Sky+ boxes have endless episodes of Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals, Celebrity MasterChef and The Great British Bake Off clogging up memory space waiting desperately to be watched.

We love cooking shows in our house and love eating well too. A friend of mine recently posted a quote on twitter that got me thinking about how we feel about eating, ‘The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.’ Now, this could be taken as a bit farfetched, but we do believe the better quality food you eat, the better you feel in the long run.

As I type, a banana and walnut bread is cooling on the wire tray and later we’ll be finishing off an asparagus risotto Michael prepared yesterday. Now we’re not trying to brag about all the delicious food we’re rustling up, but just flagging up you simply can’t beat home cooked food. Michael and I taught ourselves the basics and that’s how it simply progressed and how Michael went on to become a Celebrity MasterChef finalist last year.

According to recent research, people in the UK buy the most cook books and use them the least. On average each person only ever cooks one recipe out of a cook book they’ve bought. So this month, why not throw caution to the wind and set yourself a cooking challenge. Simply dust off the cobwebs from your shelf of cooking literature and start being creative in the kitchen. It’s the perfect excuse to arrange a dinner party and impress your friends.

So we’re honouring all things edible, especially as this month’s Time & Leisure is focussed on the Food & Drink Awards; rewarding those who take pride in what they rustle up in the kitchen.

Angellica Bell is a TV presenter living in Kingston