The cold weather seems to just trigger something in our brain that calls for nourishing comfort food and delicious baked goods.
As the temperatures drop in Auckland and the sky turns grey with rain the short days are perfect for wholesome food that warm your cockles.
When people think of spice, it usually conjures up images of hot and feisty curries that can bring tears to your eyes.
But spices do not have to pack a heated punch.
Think of sweet and fragrant spices—such as nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla – those that add a comforting flavour and aroma to food.
We know it can be difficult to get children to try new food but simply adding a little spice could be just what you need to inspire everyone’s taste buds.
Mild spices are a great way to introduce new and subtle flavours in your food that help to expand a child’s palate.
Curries, casseroles, stews and soups are a fantastic way to add a variety of meats, vegetables, grains and spice to your meals.
Plus they’re perfect for busy families—all cooked in one pot.
Traditional curry spices are thought to have the following health benefits:
- Turmeric – Anti-inflammatory and fights disease
- Ginger – Helps digestion, reduce nausea and helps fight the flu and colds
- Chilli – Antioxidant, pain reliever and helps improve circulation
- Saffron – Mood booster
- Cinnamon – Balances blood sugars
(We’re not sure if these claims are for real but they sure do taste good in your cooking.)
Winter fruit compotes and crumbles full of berries and fruit are deliciously made with cinnamon, vanilla or nutmeg.
Winter dinners are a great opportunity to bring spice back into your life and to keep the cold and rainy days at bay with warming and delicious winter foods.