I know winter can feel like the most challenging time for many, but there are great positives to be found in every season.
It is vital that we listen to our bodies when seasons change, as we require a different set of self-care rules to ensure that we thrive. Winter, more than any other season, is when we tend to neglect our health most. But I like to think of winter as an opportunity to really nurture and nourish oneself; it should be a restorative time, a chance to heal and build strength. If we think about the year’s four seasons built into a 24-hour day: winter would be night; spring the morning; summer the afternoon; and autumn the evening. Just as restful sleep is key to our day ahead, winter health is key to our year ahead.
And so to foods in season. It's easy to think that there is a lull in fresh produce over the colder months (and it's true to say much of what is on offer has been imported from southern Europe), but there is a veritable rainbow of fruits and vegetables in season right now. Notable vegetables include: beetroot, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, horseradish, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips, shallots and swede. Perhaps the star of the fruit aisles are the citruses, from Sicilian blood red oranges, to lemons, oranges, grapefruit, kumquats, limes, and clementines - but apples, cranberries, passion fruit, pears, pineapple, pomegranate are also winter gems. Lest not we forget nuts: almonds, brazil nuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts, walnuts. For a really comprehensive list, including meat and fish in season, head to one of the many great UK sites that list and celebrate seasonal British food: eatseasonably.co.uk/what-to-eat-now, bbc.co.uk/food/seasons/, and eattheseasons.com.
From the comforting moussaka (perfect for a stormy winter's night), to the divinely festive Chocolate Truffle Log, I hope that you'll find winter inspiration in the the six choice dishes below x
Image Credit: Emma Godwin