If ever there was a time for comfortable pleasures, it’s the new year. See old friends for tea, share plates of hearty food and afterwards, make plans. There are new neighbourhoods to explore and a project to throw yourself into. Need to escape the dark days? Seek out snow, hold a fondue or find sunshine in a fiery salad if the southern summer is too far away. Lose yourself in a play or poem and, if it all gets too much, sit down to supper on the sofa. The Simple Things will see you through.