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!