Foodie Tuesday: Winter Abundance

I’ve decided that gray skies and chilly winds have gotten an unfair bad rap.  There’s nothing like a blustery winter day to make you appreciate the warmth of flannel pajamas and the hearty comfort of a bowl of soup.

These days, I am most drawn to forthright, sturdy food: roasted chicken, vegetable soup with homemade stock, and sausages with white beans and tomatoes have all graced our table in recent weeks.  All these slow roasts and gentle simmers have helped me embrace winter this year, rather than grumble about the cold, damp weather.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been re-reading the Little House series, but I’ve been reflecting on abundance quite a bit lately.

The attic was a lovely place to play.  The large, round, colored pumpkins made beautiful chairs and tables.  The red peppers and the onions dangled overhead.  The hams and venison hung in their paper wrappings, and all the bunches of dried herbs, the spicy herbs for cooking and the bitter herbs for medicine, gave the place a dusty-spicy smell.

Often the wind howled outside with a cold and lonesome sound.  But in the attic…everything was snug and cosy.

–Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House In The Big Woods

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s account of pioneer life in the 1800s is an inspiring reminder that a well-stocked pantry and the company of loved ones are the best kind of riches.  As we settle deeper into winter, I wish you many meals that nourish both your spirit and stomach.

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6 thoughts on “Foodie Tuesday: Winter Abundance

  1. One of the favorite books and series of my youth, as well as one of my favorite passages. I always longed for an attic to which I could escape and read. xo

    • Thanks, Wendy–I am loving re-visiting these books as an adult. Her prose is so simple & spare, but the way she writes about the natural world is poetically vivid. Another great attic moment in literature: Jo in Little Women, eating apples! xo

  2. Thank you for evoking fond memories of childhood reading. This makes me want to re-read the series right now! Preparing for a wallop of snow to hit Seattle over the next 12 hours or so. Luckily, the library is only a few blocks away!

    • Thank you, Katy! God, don’t you love the library? I, too, feel grateful to live within a few blocks’ walk from my local branch of the public library. Re-reading the Little House series has proven to be a lovely way to pass the winter. Hunker down & enjoy the snow days with good books to read!

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