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Free Spirit: tips to support your Dry January intentions … and beyond.

 

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Make yourself something beautiful

Picking up on last weeks ideas for New Years resolutions , I thought those of you who have taken the plunge into a Dry January  might be in need of some ideas if not support. It probably seemed like a good idea on January 1st, but a week in, and maybe your resolution to go dry for the month is slipping.  As part of Stirring Stuff’s Recipe for success I have gathered  information , supportive tips, and ideas for drinks to encourage you in your very worthwhile endeavour.

And, you will be gladdened to hear I hope, that going dry has never been easier or tastier. One exciting by product of the new wave artisan distilling boom is an ever increasing choice of  classy non alcoholic spirit mixers.  Try these for size, Thomas and Evans, Seedlipdrinks, both make interesting distilled herbal mixers for adult pallates.

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Turn the temperature up with winter warming soups.

Mulligatawny with Peshwari Naan

Turn the temperature up with this smooth and gorgeous Mulligatawny

When its cold outside is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of warming, nourishing soup?  Here are two very different vegetable based soups, a chunky Carrot and Chickpea soup that couldn’t be more simple to make and a versatile Mulligatawny. Both are meals in themselves and have the added advantage of being suitable for vegetarians and vegans, as well as being gluten free and adaptable for lactose intolerance.  Both  soups use herbs and  spices with natural health benefits helping to build defences against winter ‘bugs’. Continue reading

Chicken in a sherry vinegar and rosemary sauce.

Chicken cooked in sherry and sherry vinegar

Chicken cooked in a rich sauce of sherry, sherry vinegar and rosemary.

The Sherry and sherry vinegar used in this recipe add a warm complex slightly piquant flavour. Use a good Manzanilla dry aged sherry, or a Tio Pepe, and the best sherry vinegar that you can find. The addition of Rosemary adds depth and a wintery note to the dish.

Like many casseroles it is best made in advance to allow the sherry vinegar to mellow and the complex flavours to develop. Instructions are given in full below. Continue reading