As we pass the winter solstice, I can feel the charms of winter start to fade. As wonderful and comforting as an open fire, hot chocolate and ugg boots are, it gets to a point where winter can feel like a constant grind of grey skies, sniffly noses and a desire to stay under the doona.
These are some recipes and strategies I use to warm and brighten up grey winter days
This is one of my go-tos at the first sign of a sore throat. Fresh ginger works best when making a tea. Slice about 2cm of fresh ginger root and simmer in water until it's the desired strength. Pour into a cup with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon.
It may be old fashioned, but Stone's green ginger wine is a delicious drink if you love ginger. Making ginger tea as above and adding 10ml of ginger wine takes the tea to a whole other (adult) level.
Alternatively, you can make a hot toddy. Put 1 shot (2 tbsp) of whisky in a mug with a shot of Stone's, 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey. Pour over 200ml of boiling water and stir.
Turmeric latte's have been taking the hipster world by storm for a year or two now. I've been reluctant to join the fad, but have finally jumped on board because I find them so delicious. A turmeric latte is a warming drink and it has the added benefit of being anti-inflammatory and antioxidant due to the actions of both turmeric and ginger.
To make 2 cups:
- 2 cups of milk. Use milk of your choice - dairy, almond, soy or coconut are all fine.
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground giner
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 pinches of black pepper
Combine milk, honey, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and pepper in a pot. Place over a low heat and whisk until combined. Heat until hot and then pour into 2 cups.
If all other strategies fail, I recommend making a playlist of your favourite songs, sticking your earphones in your ears, turning it up loud, and dancing around the kitchen or lounge room. It's worth sacrificing a little dignity to have this much fun.