Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Cold Weather Food
We have a short winter here, and one of the things I celebrate the most during the cold months is the welcome dietary change that comes once it cools off. So many foods are just no good when the weather is warm, let's face it. But with chilly nights comes the stews, chili, hearty casseroles, and warm desserts.
Tonight I'm making a big plate of chicken curry. Curry is one of those foods that will warm you from within, mainly because of the spiciness of it and the heaviness of the curry itself. Add in some whole grain rice to bulk it up, and it's a dinner fit for any cold night. Summers, on the other hand, are when I find myself in the mood for things like tapas, sandwiches, and cold chicken and potato salad.
Salads are the only thing we do backwards here. In July, it's much too warm for lettuce, so we eat our salad greens in late fall, winter and spring. But since everyone's usually cold and hungry when they come home in the evening, I actually serve the salad last, almost like it's a pre-dessert. It's a great way to finish the meal, cleansing on the palate, light and crispy.
So while my curry is simmering, I'm heading outside to pick my post-dinner, pre-dessert salad. Yes, here where we live, curries, stews, and -- yes, salads -- are the tastes of the season.