It may be cold and grey outside but instead of missing the sun, we’re taking comfort in a few things that only winter can make so enjoyable.
From cosy layers to warm comfort food, here’s our top 5 list for surviving the season.
1/ BREW A WARMING BEVERAGE
Tea toddy’s, hot chocolates and mulled wine. Delicious hot drinks for winter are perfect for lifting spirits and warming fingers.
Curl up with our twist on a classic.
CHILLI HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE
100 g 70% plain chocolate
50 g 70% plain chocolate, grated
1 small red chilli
300 ml full fat milk
100 ml double cream
1 pinch salt
1 cup fresh strawberries and raspberries to serve
In a pan warm the cream and milk together and let the chilli steep in the mixture for 5-10 minutes (dependent on required heat).
Remove the chilli and grate the 100g of Peruvian chocolate in to the mix, heating and stirring as you go until it is all melted in.
Add a pinch of salt.
Whisk until frothy and pour in to big mugs.
2/ MAKE A NOURISHING SOUP
A great pastime for a rainy winter day, a heart-warming homemade soup is a must. Deliciously easy to make, try our favourite winter lentil soup.
LENTIL SOUP RECIPE
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 leeks (white and light green parts), cut into 1/4-inch-thick half-moons
1 can whole tomatoes, drained
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 bunch kale, thick stems removed and leaves cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
½ cup brown lentils
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
salt and black pepper
¼ cup grated Parmesan (to garnish)
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, breaking them up with a spoon, for 5 minutes.
Add 6 cups water and bring to a boil. Stir in the sweet potatoes, kale, lentils, thyme, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Simmer until the lentils are tender, 25 to 30 minutes.
Spoon into bowls and top with the Parmesan, if using.
3/ COSY UP AT HOME
Update the ambience of a room for winter with soft throws, a few extra pillows and the warmth of a seasonal scented candle or diffuser. Woody, spice and cinnamon scents, work particularly well in winter.
4/ RUG UP IN SOFT LAYERS
Cosy up in classic luxury made to live in. Stylish layering pieces in premium natural fabrics including 100% Australian Wool and Cotton Cashmere
5/ CATCH UP ON SOME READING
Forget the wild weather outside and take the excuse winter is giving you to stay indoors and catch up on all of those books you've been meaning to get to.
Settle in in front of an open fire or under a cosy blanket or indulge in a hot bath Instant relaxation.