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January 30, 2011

Veterans helped by Boris’ favourite recipe.

It was Theodore Roosevelt who said “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.” I’ve long thought that one of the biggest scandals in this country is how poorly we treat our servicemen and women after they retire. You only need to look at the suicide rate of ex-troops to see how much help we should be giving them to deal with both physical and psychological issues after they return to civilian life. That’s why ‘Help for Heroes‘ is my charity of choice, and why I’m so keen to help the likes of the Chelsea Pensioners whenever I can.

So I was delighted to receive, as a Christmas present, ‘A Salute to Cooking’ – a recipe book sold in aid of the Chelsea Pensioners, containing recipes submitted by various celebrities. It really is a cracking book (you can buy it here). The contributed recipes include David Cameron’s smoked mackerel pate, Tony Blair’s fish pie, Frederick Forsyth’s pigeon pie, Katherine Jenkins’ ratatouille, Sir James Dyson’s butternut squash goulash and Stephen Fry’s honey buns. Boris’s contribution is both colourful and efficient…

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