This is one of my favorite times of year. The temperature starts to go down. In LA it’s a slow process. I know it’s a luxury problem around the world some places the snow boots, scarves and gloves are already out. I am just over the moon that I can finally put on some jeans and a jacket at night. Light candles at night. I am Danish after all and am all about “Hygge”.
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word which can be described as a quality of cosiness. It is an old Danish concept that helps Danes get through the long, dark winter.
The New Yorker went to town on the concept: Click here
This is also what I call soup season (and stews) I just loooove soups and stews. There are no limits to what you can put in them. You can make a big batch and have for several days or freeze half for later. They are full of nutrition, comforting in the fall/winter months and so ymmii.
I made a Lemon Chicken Zucchini/Courgette ( for us Europeans) Stew with cannellini beans. If Vegetarian then only use beans and maybe add some lentils as well.
Speaking of Beans. Many moons ago when I moved to London I had a tight budget. So, often when I cooked, I would half the meat and sub. the rest with beans or Lentils. Lentils and beans have protein in them, are super healthy and full of fiber, minerals and Vitamins. They don’t really taste of anything much, is a great filler and in stews and soups they can almost work as a thickener. Back then I didn’t know about the carbon footprint. And using half the meat and sub with beans and lentil is not only healthy but also good for the environment. I say that’s a win win.
I know tonight I will be having my stew, lighting candles and just “Hygge”
Conclusion: Who knew beans and lentils would get a better reputation. LOL