How to survive winter
Everyone knows winter is the premium season for cooking and eating. This week we asked some of New Zealand’s best cooks and eaters to share their seasonal habits.
Peter Gordon, writer, restaurateur and all-round international cooking sensation In winter I always have a hot toddy of whisky mixed with cold-pressed apple juice and boiling water before bed. It’s true.
Lauraine Jacobs, food writer and ambassador I insist on drinking pinot noir (the husband loves shiraz, I don’t) so I cook glorious lamb roasts with juicy pinot gravy.
Steve Braunias, author of The Man Who Ate Lincoln Road I head to Dunkin’ Donuts to lift my sugar levels with half a dozen Bavarian Creme Munchkins.
Megan May, owner of Little Bird Organics and high priestess of raw cuisine I drink fresh ginger tea to warm me up from the inside out and keep my digestive system from getting sluggish. I grate ginger and squeeze out the fresh juice then pour over some hot water.
Anna King Shahab, food writer and blogger at Rad/ish I eat all the juicy citrus fruit: tangelos, mandarins, oranges and kilos and kilos from my incredibly generous Meyer lemon tree.
Kelli Brett, Cuisine magazine editor I rediscover my slow cooker. Before I run out the door I’ll throw in seared organic free-range chicken thighs, New Zealand garlic and fresh herbs, doused in a nice NZ sav and chicken stock, and wonderful aromas welcome me as I limp back in each night.
Michael Van de Elzen, food writer, restaurateur and TV personality I always order a “tucker box” from Green Meadows Beef. It has everything you need for a huge number of winter dinners using the slow cooker. There are even leftovers for lunch.
Jordan Rondel, aka The Caker I always have dinner parties. I love to cook my bone broth chicken soup served with buttery, crunchy sourdough, followed by warm dark chocolate cake.
Sam Mannering, author and cafe owner I’m always thinking about pudding and how to best get away with making another one. Visitors, the weather, a bad mood, “recipe testing” are all excellent and constantly used excuses. Compatibility with runny cream and/or custard is key. Shamelessness is essential. The summer body can wait...
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