Five Foods and One Recipe to Cozy up to before Winter Ends
As February draws to an abrupt close, I can’t be the only one feeling the temperature rising. I don’t mean to upset you, but summer is right around the corner. I do, however, believe that Lahore’s still got a few good weeks left in her. For me, winters mean three things: thick-knits, cuddles, and comfort food.
I don’t need much to sustain me in the summer but come winter and I want the lion’s share of warmth in my life and in my belly. I spend a good part of my daydreaming of hearty broths, slow roasts, and coarse spices but my go-to recipe is as simple as it gets.
I’m talking garlic bread. 10 minutes of prepping 10 minutes of baking, and then it’s just me living my best life with an entire loaf of bread, however long that lasts.
Best-Ever Garlic Bread
Warm, home-made garlic-bread is incredibly underrated and undeniably delicious. It is also perhaps the simplest pleasure I have ever known.
A loaf of bread weighing one-pound
1/2 a stick of butter, salted or unsalted
Five minced cloves of garlic
A sprig of parsley, coarsely chopped
Italian seasoning- to your heart’s desire
Cheese is optional, albeit encouraged
The first thing you’ll need is a french baguette, yes an entire baguette. I usually grab mine from GreenValley but feel free to use a different kind or brand, as long as it’s a sturdy bread. The magic starts with butter and garlic cloves. I use salted butter but unsalted works just as well.
Go for ½ a cup of butter and 5 minced cloves of garlic for a one pound loaf of bread. Add a few sprigs of chopped parsley and two heavy-handed sprinkles of Italian seasoning to your butter. That’s what changes the game.
At this point just whip all of the ingredients up, spread them on to the loaf, wrap up the buttered up bread in aluminum foil and bake at 200 Celsius for 10 minutes.
If you want to top it with cheese, now is the point where you unwrap the loaf, sprinkle on some mozzarella and broil for 5 minutes.
TOP FIVE WINTER PICKS
Place: Che Won
Order: Spicy Seafood Udon Noodle Soup
The seafood udon noodle soup at Che-Won shines because of its truly full-bodied broth. Big, bold flavors packed into every sip. The spice lingers a while after the broth is gone, the warmth of the experience stays much longer. It is absolutely luxurious comfort.
Place: Rina’s Kitchenette
Order: Baked Chicken Pot Pie
I’ll be honest, the chicken pot pie at Rina’s is a hit or miss, never consistent. But when it’s right, it’s so damn right. A flakey, buttery golden lid covers a simmering warm creamy chicken, carrot and pea filling. The perfect mid-day winter meal.
Place: Lily’s Khow Suey
Order: Khow Suey
What makes Lily’s Khow Suey so special is that it’ll warm you up with the robust aroma of coconut milk long before you’ve managed a single forkful. It’s impossible to miss the amount of TLC that goes into Lily’s rendition of old-fashioned Burmese comfort.
Place: Butler’s Chocolate Cafe
Order: Hot Chocolate Lava Cake
I think it’s unfair that lava cakes get such a bad rep just because basic-bitches spent all of 2017 making low-quality boomerangs of them. I’m still a fan and I can’t think of a better lava cake than the one at Butler’s. I don’t need to sell the concept to you, it’s a classic for a reason.
Order: Dum Qeema
Confession: my family isn’t big on home-cooked meals. This means that I crave good homemade food far too often, which is why I love ROTI. Apart from their amazing gulab jamuns, you cannot be sleeping on the dum qeema. It’s the perfect desi winter lunch combo.