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Win­ter greet­ings from our ed­i­tor at large

Poor win­ter, huh. Apart from the de­voted skiers and snow­board­ers, it doesn’t get much love. We’re al­ways com­plain­ing about how dreary and mis­er­able it is and say­ing how much we wish sum­mer was here. But lately I’ve learned to love win­ter more and more – and even to em­brace it. Na­ture’s bare branches and glis­ten­ing frosts in­spired me to cre­ate an al fresco feast for this is­sue (yes, in the mid­dle of win­ter!) and it was awe­some. We rugged up with our wool­lies and blan­kets and enjoyed the cold, clear day by sip­ping mugs of tea and hot choco­late, and savour­ing a beau­ti­ful feast in­spired by na­ture. Check it out on page 46 and prom­ise me you’ll try mak­ing the choco­late log some time. Food-wise, most peo­ple think win­ter pick­ings are pretty thin, but the sea­son ac­tu­ally pro­duces an abun­dance of some of my favourite pro­duce – juicy cit­rus is cheap and easy to find in shops, for starters. Make the most of your bumper crop by recre­at­ing our luscious lemon desserts on page 38. Then there are ki­wifruit, tamar­il­los (the vanilla-mar­i­nated ones on page 53 are so de­li­cious) and a whole lot of bras­si­cas and root veg­eta­bles that are best when roasted as the heat brings out their nat­u­ral earthy sweet­ness. Look after yourself from the in­side out by eat­ing some gut health-boost­ing pick­led veg­eta­bles (page 78), ex­per­i­ment­ing with co­conut yo­ghurt (page 84) and whip­ping up a healthy break­fast the whole tribe will en­joy with our homemade muesli recipes (page 64). Last of all, you can’t quite beat that in­vig­o­rat­ing feel­ing you get when you’ve just been out in the crisp win­ter air. It’s so re­fresh­ing and you’ll feel might­ily good about yourself after­wards. Walk­ing is great, but why not go a few ex­tra miles and ex­plore the bike trails all over our beau­ti­ful coun­try (see page 124)? Imag­ine how fan­tas­tic you’ll feel after that.

Lots of win­ter love, Na­dia

PS: Some­thing ex­cit­ing is around the cor­ner, and I’d love to come and meet you – see page 19 to find out more!

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