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Comfort Cooking

Often, in the dead of winter, every Danish corpuscle in my body will start screaming "We haven't put up any food at all! We haven't preserved a single vegetable! We're all gonna die before spring!" And, seeing as I lack the equipment or patience to do proper canning, it generally comes down to refrigerator pickles.



The red jar is turnips and a few beets for color, such as you may have had at Lebanese restaurants. The orange one is a pseudo-Mexican preparation of carrots with red onion and some slices of jalapeños I grew last summer. The yellow jar is a cruciferous concoction of broccoli stems and cauliflower in seasoned rice wine vinegar.

This is the sort of thing I do to get through the winter depression. What about you? Any tricks for enduring the dark months? I can use all the advice I can get.

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tostita
Jan. 23rd, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
We have a Verilux full-spectrum floor lamp. We bought it for art purposes, so we could get "natural" light even at night, but it improves my state of mind whenever we run it. obscurerichard had it on in his office today and my mood immediately lifted from apathetic to almost perky every time I walked in.
theletterelle
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest that too. :) Also, paint a room bright sky blue (like the craft room). With that plus full-spectrum light and a heater, it'll feel like summer!

Well, maybe not just like summer. But, y'know. :)

Also, I think it's about time for a summer tiki party at the Manor. We can de-ice everything and put out some palm trees. :)

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