Comfort Food for a wet winter supper

Help! I have no inspiration to cook anything! It has been like that now for the last four days and this endless rain certainly doesn’t help. Oh well no problem, I just won’t do anything until it is time for supper.

There is a single primrose flower in my tiny garden which looks rather lonely and out of place for January. I have put out some food for the birds as they struggle to find any at this time of year. I can see them from my window pecking and eagerly looking between the soggy and bare soil. Occasionally I see squirrels peeping behind the trees only to run really fast with their bushy tails in the air. I have a strong impulse sometimes of wanting to pick them up and cuddle one. Silly thought, they are wild animals that wouldn’t be a good idea.

I have a very large cabbage in the fridge which is sitting there with an air of importance and some chubby chicken legs; perhaps they would do for supper tonight. My children are ravenous when they come home from school and dinner needs to be ready ASAP when they step in.

Supper always feels a humble affair when cabbage is on the table. But I know how to make it better: I will shred and steam it, a good drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of salt and a few drops of vinegar to enhance the flavour. A good stir and you get a cabbage dress to the nines. And there is a feeling of pleasure in gnawing a chicken leg on a cold and wet winter night.

Some of this nutty and chunky chocolate I bought in Italy will follow. No one complains then.

Italian chocolate with nuts

Italian chocolate with nuts

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5 Responses to Comfort Food for a wet winter supper

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    o my..look at all the chocolate with nuts!! I want a couple of them for the supper!

  2. diana

    First of all….these pics are amazing…second of all…..eerrrrrr…I was planning to start a cabbage soup diet tomorrow….so your post is so timely for me! But after looking at your pics, I would prefer the chocolate to the cabbage diet! Stay dry! e buona domenica! 🙂

  3. la cucina di Molly

    Infatti basta un pò di fantasia per rendere il cavolo appetitoso e se poi concludi con quel cioccolato il gioco è fatto! Mamma mia quanto è buono! Buon weekend!

  4. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    I can understand how you feel, sometimes you just want to do nothing and dream of all the things that will come this spring. I now many of us are yearning for the weather to change and see beautiful flowers, and gorgeous colors. But your cabbage and chicken legs sound like a warm and cozy meal for your rainy and cold night. Chocolate and nuts are so delicious. Seems anything with chocolate will make things better.Looking at your photos which are enticing make me want to eat a piece right now. Thank you for sharing your words with us and yes, sometimes I want to just pick up a squirrel also and hug it, but know that can’t happen.They are so adorable.
    Blessings, Dottie 🙂

  5. Louise

    Hi Alida!
    I’m sorry to be here so late, I haven’t been feeling well and I’ve been trying to get my email to work which thank goodness is finally working, Yipee!!!

    I can’t wait for my primroses to bloom. Last year I took pictures of them as they slowly opened. Did you know they open the same time each evening. Have you ever watched? It’s really amazing as you watch them unfold:)

    I had one grandmother who use to sauté cabbage with garlic and an aunt who use to sauté with shallots. I always like the garlic more, lol…I don’t think either of them used vinegar though. I’ve never tried it steamed. Stuffed yes, steamed, No, lol…The nutty chocolate looks yummy but quite honestly, I wish I had some cabbage right now, lol…

    Sometimes I just can’t get inspired to cook which is rather odd when you think about the amazing recipes you can look at on a daily basis. I wonder sometimes whether looking at al the goodies everyone creates if it makes my belly full before I even get a chance to eat any of it:)

    I’m sure your family was delighted with dinner and that “nutty” dessert!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Alida…I won’t send any snow your way but sending smiles and future sunshine. After all, those creatures do need to whet their whistles:)

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