I am not going out tonight. Not while 2016 is still on the prowl | Lucy Mangan

Anxiety attacks are best experienced on your own sofa. So I’ll be at home drawing up plans for 2017 – including a lead-lined bunker in the HighlandsThis is the year that the last scintilla of a hint of a vestige of a scrap of a shadow of a hint of guilt is gone. That last stubborn trace of Fomo – fear of missing out – has been expunged from my soul and pure Jos – joy of same – swells my heart. I am not going out tonight, and I have never been happier about it. Related: New Year’s Eve 2016: around the world in 15 drinks Continue...

Nadiya Hussain: ‘Mum never used the oven – she stored pans in it’

The author and broadcaster, 32, on baking, writing and saying no to fishfingersMy life is all work, no relaxation. I sleep when I can; I eat if it’s there. But I love it. I am cooking, I’m baking, I’m writing. And I have the luxury of being able to go home to a beautiful family. If I’m stressed and tired, my kids have a way of making everything light-hearted and fun.It was weird watching this year’s Bake Off. When you see other people in the tent, it feels like they’re imposters: why are they in our tent? It’s as if they’ve broken into your house and you’re watching them on CCTV. You also know how stressed they feel, so it’s really hard to watch. Continue...

Roy Brett loves his oyster knife and saying it with salmon | Kitchen encounters

The chef patron of Ondine restaurant loves his oyster knife and saying it with salmonMy kitchen is … very shiny. Recently fitted, it has lovely clean lines and an induction suite with three drop drawers underneath. Induction stoves allow for more storage than others, and this kitchen has great storage. I can put everything away – even my blender. I don’t like clutter or mess. The only thing I have out on my counter is my espresso maker.My favourite kitchen tool is … an oyster knife, from Wright Brothers in London. It has a beautiful handle, which sits very comfortably in your hand. I have been getting the same knife for 20 years – I must be on about number 40. When we were doing the Edinburgh festival this year, we opened 6,000 oysters over the three weeks and I used the same knife the whole time. It still hasn’t broken. Continue...

Yotam Ottolenghi’s post-Christmas bakes to use up leftover cheese and fruit – recipes

A bit of home baking will help use up that stilton, cheddar and parmesan mountain, plus bowls of dates and applesNo one ever eats quite as much cheese and fruit over Christmas as they imagined when they did last week’s big food shop. So what to do with all these leftover wedges of stilton, cheddar and parmesan, not to mention the bowls of dates and apples? My solution is to incorporate them into a bit of baking: after the recent flurry of kitchen activity, there’s something hugely calm and welcoming – meditative, even – about the simple act of baking. Fill your home with lovely smells – and have a very happy new year. Continue...

Family life: An exotic holiday in 1960s Aberdeen, Thunder Road, Great-grandfather Cyril’s jacket potato

Readers’ favourite photographs, songs and recipesThis looks like a souvenir from an exotic holiday on the plains of the Serengeti, but the small kilty bear in the background is the clue to the truth. It was taken in Hazelhead Park, Aberdeen in 1960 on a family holiday. The photograph is of my sister, Margaret, and me. There was a corner in the park populated with stuffed animals, a forerunner of safari parks and petting zoos. My expression of restrained joy resulted from the coarse hair of the zebra jagging my legs where they stuck out from below my khaki shorts and the fact that my front teeth were missing. Our matching Clarks sandals were bought for the summer term at school and to see us through the holidays. Continue...