The cooler weather may have you reaching for the blankets, guarding the TV remote like Smeagol's 'precious' and refusing to take off your comfortable house slippers and that's perfectly fine... For a while. However, when you start to feel like you've overdone it on the relaxation time and your brain needs some stimulation (or you have started to get hungry for something truly substantial) here are some hints on how to warm up your winter.
Invest in a slow cooker:
Using a slow cooker can make cooking easy, time efficient and is perfect for hearty winter meals.
According to Jessica Harlan of About Food, "The most important choice you need to make when you buy your slow cooker is what size to get. They range in size from tiny cookers that are good for one-person recipes or to use for heating or cooking dips, to large-capacity cookers (6 or 7 quarts or larger) that can prepare stew for a crowd. Keep in mind that many recipes specify the size of cooker needed. If you use a cooker that is too large, you risk burning your food. And, obviously, a cooker that's too small won't hold all of the ingredients. For a family of four, the best slow cooker is probably 3 to 4 quarts."
Volunteer at a soup kitchen:
Or help out doing some volunteer work for another cause that is close to your heart. There is no time like winter to remind us of how lucky we are to have a roof over our heads.
For those of you who live in Sydney, here is a helpful link to some ideas for volunteering.
Take up knitting:
Knitting is not just for your grandmother. It can be therapeutic, relaxing and a fansticic way of gaining new wardrobe accents without spending a lot of extra money. If you don't feel like knitting a scarf for yourself, why not knit it for a gift or even knit for charity.
Here are 5 reasons why you should give knitting a chance.
Find some fantastic vegan and organic food:
Visit the Orange Grove Organic Markets
An organic hub of the Inner West, the Orange Grove markets attract crowds every Saturday, searching for organic as well as conventional foods. According to the Markets' website, "This is an excellent venue to meet the producers who supply many of Sydney's leading eateries."
You can start off your day of foraging with one of Bowen's famed egg and bacon rollx or French pastry and wash it down with some delicious coffee from either Mayan or Cappuccino Afloat before exploring what the rest of the markets have to offer. You may also be pleased to hear that vegan friendly food can also be found at Orange Grove Organic Markets.
Try Sadhana Kitchen in Enmore:
Sadhana Kitchen is a cafe/restaurant boasting a menu of entirely raw, organic vegan dishes. If this doesn't sound like it could possibly work for every category of a meal, you would be sorely mistaken. Their high tea menu is delicious and will delight vegans everywhere as well as winning over those who are not quite sworn vegans or even vegetarians. A little on the pricey side, but it has to be seen (and tasted!) to be believed.