Claypots and Casseroles

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Eating well during the holidays counts for a lot. When the cold steals away our warmth, it’s vital to take care of our bodies by nurturing, celebrating and sharing. Food brings us these benefits and when shared, can bring healing and light into our days and nights. This is why we’ve brought together the christmas feel good dinners at Naturally Chinese.

Which would you say are the foods that bring you warm comfort in the winter? And how do you cook them, if you do? Perhaps it is the way the dish is prepared or its texture, saltiness, even sweetness, but my favourite foods to look forward to this season are the rich dark vegetables. The vegetable or plant food brings the best comfort in terms of calmness, alertness, and overall well being to the body. But a vegetable on its own doesn’t do the trick, it is what complements it, what balances its taste and aroma.

There are plenty of ways one can enjoy the richness of what vegetables have to offer, without sacrificing their nutritional content. I’ve often found that vegetables cooked at a high temperature but only for a little while make the most impact. A flash fried method is often employed in most of our vegetable dishes. However, some of the other ways to enjoy them are preserving them into hot clay pots and casseroles.

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