It’s January in Delhi and the peak of Winters is upon us. The afternoons are long and it gets dark way too early. As you put on your knits and jackets, make sure you eat right to keep yourself warm this season. Here are some of my favourite foods and drinks that help me keep warm and happy in winters!
DEEP FROM THE SEA: I know many elders of the family (including my mom) don’t think it’s a very good idea to eat from seafood during Indian summers. Come winter, and chefs around the country recommend seafood specials to keep yourself warm, stay healthy and keep your cholesterol in control. I recently went for 2 seafood specials and thoroughly enjoyed fresh squid, prawns, scallops and lobster—not only was it delish but also rich in Omega fats, vitamins and minerals.
ALL KINDS OF SOUPS: I think a wholesome bowl of soup can double up as dinner. Be it a Tom Yum soup, the chowder (milk or cream based soup) or crustacean bisque, each bowl has something different, yummy and healthy to offer! Good old chicken, minestrone or noodle soup works at home too!
SOME TEA PLEASE! It’s impossible for a person like me to not shop for my trunk of teas. While the usual ginger, chamomile and turmeric tea are life savers during a bad case of flu, there’re some that are just too great to pass on. If you like black tea, stick to flavours of Darjeeling like East Himalayan tea and if you’re a green tea enthusiast like me, try Long Island Green Tea, Marigold Green Tea. Nothing beats Rose Oolong tea: floral, fruity and great for detoxing. I am so glad to see the different blends of coffee available now—add a bit of spice with a cinnamon flavoured roast or enjoy a Turkish coffee at home with Arabica beans.
GO NUTS: Make sure you complement your cup of mojo with a handful of nuts and seeds. Almonds, cashews and pistachios are low on calorie and easily available to all of us. Walnuts, Macadamia nuts, Butter nuts and pecans are very high on Omega 3 fatty acids and are great to munch on this time of the year. Add a handful of sunflower/flaxseeds/ chia/pumpkin seeds and you’re done for the day!
KEEP YOUR BAR STOCKED: You don’t always need to have ice in your favourite winter cocktail. Keep a stock of of dark rum, malt whiskey, Kahlua along with a bottle of bitters, citrus flavoured mixers and fresh fruits. If you’re big on bourbon, you must try a Spiced Irish Coffee or White Hot Chocolate with a dash of whiskey. Pumpkin and pineapple added to rum is a great combo (google for the right spices) whereas mulled wine with fresh fruits is a hit amongst winos.
What are your favourite food and drinks that you can’t live without in this weather? Do you have a cocktail recipe you’d like to share? Tell me in the comments’ section.