|Garden Winter Savory|
Frosty Dream Time
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re in that dark, cold time of year. Today is the Epiphany, the official end of the Christmas season, when the wise men finally arrived in Bethlehem. We’ve baked and prepared our feasts, eaten our treats, given and received our gifts, celebrated the New Year, and made our list of goals for 2013 (or not). What now? May I boldly suggest some rest? (A vastly underrated commodity in the US.) It seems likely that the wise men spent some time hanging out with Jesus and deeply contemplating his birth, rather than rushing off to their next destination. Let’s take some time this month to contemplate our own lives and how we want our 2013 to be. If we give ourselves some time to imagine ourselves where we want to be, it just might be easier to get there.
|UCBG Japanese Garden: January Sunset|
Hot foods satisfy best at this time of year. Soups, stews, curries, and mixed veggie sautés are good choices. January is also National Egg Month, so try some omelets and frittatas with this alternative protein. I might even attempt a soufflé. According to my nutritionist friend Mira over at Grains & More, if eggs are cooked right, they’re healthful and do not increase blood cholesterol. If you dried tomatoes, froze garden tomato sauce, or canned berries or jam last year, it’s a perfect month to revisit them.
Enjoy your month and do allow yourself some relaxation and dreaming time, along with the skiing, skating, cold weather hikes, and other seasonal activities.
|Creek in Winter: UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley|
Turkey Drumstick Dinner
Orange Glazed Cornish Hens
Chen Pi = Dried Tangerine Peel: make now to enjoy later