Anyway, back to the food from Ottolenghi. (Let me just say right now that this is not a sponsored post. I’m just a little ravenous and obsessed right now.) I went to his website, and found that there was a whole grocery section. Check it out, the photos are just gorgeous. It was almost painful. Feeling rather low, I went ahead and did something about it. I placed an order for beautiful food. As much as I try to mainly buy local and cook with what’s seasonal, I desperately needed some bright flavors from sunny places.
Here’s what came in my box yesterday (I’ll add links to these so you can check out any you are unfamiliar with):
I’ll still cook with the ingredients that are available and seasonal here (ahem, plus citrus!) but adding these flavors, I hope, will bring some freshness to our meals. I added rose petals to a chocolate and coconut treat I made today, and I’ve been sprinkling Dukkah on steamed broccoli raab and cauliflower rice. There was one item that was not available, which I am dying to try: Geranium Water. I have used Rose Water and Orange Blossom Water, but Geranium? I love the smell of geranium flowers and leaves, so I think I would love it. And I don’t buy a whole lot of cookbooks, but if these winter blues persist, I think I will have to treat myself to Plenty and Jerusalem. And then if I’m still feeling restless, we’ll have to go to London and eat at Nopi. Until we get our passports back and can get somewhere sunny! I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since we were wandering through the spice markets in Antalya…
So, that’s how winter has been treating me. How about you? What foods give you the boost you need in the dark months?
P.S. Winter’s not all bad! Here are some photos I took of the gorgeous snowy sunrise this morning.