There is a snow storm heading our way from the Urals, apparently, and I am feeling a bit wibbly and hormonal - a good day for Nigel's restorative Barley Broth, which is more like a stew really. Made with masses of onions, leeks, carrots, potatoes and celery, and with sage, thyme, bay, parsley and chives, it is a healthy and much needed meat-free dish. Served with crusty bread, with cheese and apple to follow, we feel very virtuous and so full we could pop! Leftovers, too, for lunch on Monday. It is quite similar to the big vegetable broths my Scottish parents made for me, so I am also feeling nostagic - funny how food can whizz you right back to another time and place sometimes. A great credit-crunch dish - why isn't everyone making stuff like this at the moment?