I know that when we first got into the season known as autumn but usually expressed as winter here in South Africa, a lot of the Morning After ladies mentioned the cold to come. I have to confess though that I really have no idea what people mean when they speak of comfort eating in winter because the most decadent I get is making a rich oxtail soup (sorry, family recipe) or making a pot of Ma' Zane's traditional Zulu bread. It's the same every year.
Hubby and the children have often called me the seasons Nazi because I refuse to make winter/cold weather meals in the glare of summer or spring's warmth. But I wasn't always this way, it began slowly with them remarking that the evening was too hot for the particular meal I had prepared and how they'd rather dig into the cold watermelon in the fridge. Next day the food was still too hot for have at lunch and they were thinking something more along the lines of ice lollies and my homemade potato wedges.
Soon I realised that it wasn't them saying they didn't love me if they didn't eat my food, it was them making choices and that's how my cooking style evolved to what it is. This is a typical winter/cold day menu at my house.
We usually have either whole grain oats, porridge or leftovers. My oldest who thoroughly hates and cannot stomach oats and porridge usually has a slice of toast, some bacon and eggs and tea or the whole family has a cooked English breakfast.
Hubby usually packs the dinner we had the night before, yes, he is one of those people who carry a small cooler bag and looks away from his computer to have his lunch. The children will pack their usual sandwiches with substituted ingredients such as toasted tuna or homemade buggers or a cold lentil soup.
This is where all the fun is! We often have bean and lentil soup, samp cooked all sorts of ways (with veggies, with lean mince, with a lovely fish side or by itself.) The presence of salad never changes.
Dessert is probably everybody's most favourite part of winter supper. Nothing quite like steamy pudding after Wednesday night supper — our designated dessert day. As this is the weekly family treat, I need all the help I can get. Do you have any delicious winter dessert recipes to share? Please get in touch.
The snacks stay more or less the same. More of the same nuts, fruits,yoghurt and even more oranges. I buy sacks upon sacks of oranges.
And as the temperatures drop, the nagging begins. No family, you may not eat supper in your Sealy beds, no matter how comfy they may be.
Image found at One-Pot Cooking