I love Summer! Let’s start with that premise. I also love Spring. I thought it necessary to drop that there too. To be perfectly honest, I just tolerate Autumn and Winter because there is nothing more I can do (other than traveling to somewhere warm of course). So really, in Autumn and Winter, the things that help to cheer me up and get me out of the rut and drudgery of the season is food, warm comforting food. In this post, I want to share some of these with you.
Why Warm Foods?
Well because it is cold and dreary and you just want to feel warm, and most times, warming your stomach with some comfort food can warm you up too! So Summer and Spring are more suited to sandwiches and salads in my humble opinion but come Autumn, you start to crave something more warm or even hot for your main meals.
Also, if ever I am out and about in the cold, just the thought that I will have something warm at home to eat is welcoming.
I love me some soup! The ingredients that make soup are available all year round, I know. But especially in the colder months, nothing is more soothing to the mind, body and soul (lol) than some soup. A hearty chunky soup, such as some Jamaican soup is such a God send in the colder months. In times like these, a thin broth just doesn’t cut it with me. You want something to savour in your mouth and definitely bits to chew. If you don’t like chunky soup, then certainly it is ok to cook the soup with all the ingredients you like and then puree it.
There is no stipulation that soups must contain meat either (although I think meaty soups are nicer), so even vegans or vegetarians can get in on the act. An allotment soup (one that contains lots of fresh veggies from the allotment or farm) is perfect for Winter and Autumn. Some of the goodies available at this time include: potatoes, celery, corn, peas and beans, onion of all varieties, courgettes, broccoli, sprouts and squashes just to name a few. I want to share two special soups with you that you could try. Click here for mouthwatering pumpkin soup or here for a beef and vegetable soup.
Bread, Foccacia, and other Baked Treats
Baked goods, particularly bread-based products give your home and stomach such a warm comforting feeling. The smell alone is to die for, not to mention the taste. The smell lingers on even after you have finished eating and this can be so delightful. A warm cob, a crusty loaf, focaccia, and cinnamon rolls are some of the comfort foods resplendent during the cold months. Of course, the internet is replete with lots of easy-to-make recipes for baked products for even a novice baker, so you really should try some.
Of course, in Fall, there are the odd warmish days when a lovely drink would do fine. If you are one of those pumpkin spice fanatics well then good for you. Frankly, I’m not a fan. However, we invented a cold drink which is warming to the stomach and we think you will like it so feel free to try out Pink Dragon. It is soooo good. Trust me! And even though it is a cold drink, it does warm your stomach!
Is there any other warming food that you can think of that I have omitted? Share it in the comments, but until next time, keep warm ya’ll.
Jo and Leisa