Soul food for cold days

 

I tried this roasted cauliflower sage and almond risotto recipe last fall when the weather was just starting to get a little chilly and boy, did it hit the spot!

Photo Credit © [Donna Hay] / [http://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/onepot/pasta-rice/roasted-cauliflower-sage-and-almond-risotto/]
 
Photo Credit © [Donna Hay] / [http://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/onepot/pasta-rice/roasted-cauliflower-sage-and-almond-risotto/]
I tried this roasted cauliflower sage and almond risotto recipe last fall when the weather was just starting to get a little chilly and boy, did it hit the spot! I like to think of myself as a pretty good cook when it comes to comfort food, but this reached a new level of deliciousness.
 
Don’t ask me to cook a steak or bake a cake; but if you’re looking for a risotto, lasagna, boeuf bourguignon, pot-au-feu or anything else that’s heartwarming and fits in one dish or casserole, I’m your gal. When the temperature drops, I go straight to the kitchen and start cooking.
 
What I love most about cooking in the winter is the whole ritual that comes with it. I light a candle or two and turn up the music which is usually nice smooth jazz or crooner tunes. I also love cooking on Sundays when I have a few hours in front of me to go to the local market, choose my ingredients and take my time.
 
I’m very meticulous when I cook: I like to prepare every single ingredient and portion before starting so I stay calm during the entire process. I also try to wash as I go as much as possible, because I feel much better sitting down to a nice meal when I know my kitchen is nice and tidy.
 
There’s a real joy in slowing down and taking the time to cook a meal that fills the house with the most delicious smells. Naturally, these Sunday meals call for a formal table: chandeliers, fine china, linen tablecloth and silverware.
 
This tradition has been alive in my family for as long as I can remember—and I love to keep it alive with family or friends. Because after all, it’s these little rituals that make a house a home.
 
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Gabrielle is a Montreal based blogger, interior stylist and web consultant.

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