GEARING UP FOR WINTER 2020

Winter is here! ‘Tis the season of steaming mugs of hot cocoa and warm, fuzzy blankets. As the trees lose their foliage, the air turns crisp, and the flakes of snow start to cover the frozen ground, it’s time for you to gear up for the cold months ahead.

Don’t worry though, because we’ve got you covered on that front. Here are some ways you can make the most of winter:

Winter décor

Having warm rugs and woolen throws around the house will not only pep up the indoors but also ensure you stay cozy and warm throughout winter. You can get really creative with the colors and add a personal touch with some holiday-themed decorations. Twinkly fairy lights in warm tones will add brightness to your space. And don’t forget to make a comfy corner with lots of cushions and a blanket to catch up on your winter reading.

Winter fashion

It’s that time of the year when you break out your collection of winter wear. Keeping warm doesn’t have to come at the cost of being fashionable, however. Use your creativity to fashion the contents of your closets into trendy outfits. Layers are your best friends in this cold weather, so layer wisely. Add a pop of color with every outfit to beat those winter blues. Bring the fashionista flair with pretty scarves styled in different ways.

Winter recipes

Awaken your inner chef and embark on a gastronomical journey this winter. From hearty soups and stews to hot pies and casseroles, let your tastebuds lead you to the creation of mouthwatering dishes in this season. 

Here’s a simple soup recipe to get you started:

Ingredients:

– 1 small onion (or 2 shallots), finely chopped

– 2-3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

– 1 tbsp. unsalted butter

– ⅓ cup French beans, finely sliced

– ⅓ cup baby carrots, finely chopped

– ⅓ cup cabbage, finely sliced

– 1 cup shredded chicken or button mushrooms, roughly diced

– ½ cup sweet corn

– 2 tbsp. quick oats, powdered

– 6 cups of water 

– Salt (to taste)Pepper (to taste)

Instructions:

– Heat up the butter in a heavy-bottomed pot, add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent.

– Add French beans and chicken or mushroom and sauté until cooked through.

– Add carrots and cabbage, and sauté until soft.

– Add 6 cups of water and bring up to a boil, stirring occasionally. 

– Mix the powdered oats with a little water to make a paste. Add this paste to the boiling water while stirring.

– Add sweet corn, cover with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes.

– Season with salt and pepper as per taste and serve hot.

These were a few ways to pep up your winter. Do write to us in the comments below and share your winter prep with us. Stay warm and cozy!

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