I can’t get enough soup in my life at the moment. It is uncategorically freezing outside, and whislt in my last post I talked about how January is a good month etc. etc. yadda,yadda, yadda. Boy is it cold!
People keep on talking about how rubbish January is and, to be quite honest, I don’t really get it. Yes the ‘Holidays’ are over and we are all weighing heavy under the prospect of this year’s resolutions, and the weather does make everything look a bit grey. But despite that, if you look at it the other way we have a whole year ahead of us filled with wonderful seasons and plenty of opportunities to have a go at making things happen. We all just need to seek out the sunshine from other places. With this in mind I decided to try and get some sunshine in my cooking just to add a bit of colour to the monotonous malaise that is currently hanging over my house. For me this means an array of bright vegetables, warming spices and a simple quick recipe.
So here it is – my January Sunshine Chicken!
Food can make you feel great. You know when you have a really good meal filled with loads of yummy and nutritional goodies you get a wave of energy and a feeling that you could do anything. It’s brilliant isn’t it? Especially when you are flagging and have no energy sometimes food can be that pick me up you need. Yesterday that was what I needed, something really good for me to give me an extra boost. Just like Popeye with his spinach or Bananaman with his bananas sometimes food can even turn you into a super hero.
If I had to pick my superhero food … well then … I would undoubtedly be Broccoli Girl!
Today I fancied both something fresh, warming and above all healthy. Not always an easy combination, warming and healthy yes – you make soup, fresh and healthy – you make some sort of light veg dish. However the three combined always seems to throw me into somewhat of a muddle.
Nevertheless today I think I might have cracked it. Warm salad!
I am not sure when it officially becomes autumn, but for me it’s the change from craving light refreshing suppers to yearning for warming stews and rich flavoured delights. That has certainly been the case this week.
The rain has been falling, it has been freezing outside and all I really fancy doing is cuddling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and warm toast. Unfortunately that is not a sustainable diet, so other options must be found to help sooth our souls as the wind picks up and the evenings grow dark.
This week I decided to turn a classic summer dish, risotto, into a warming autumn treat.