4 Ways to Warm Up November
November has arrived; it's a lot colder, darker, and generally a little bit dull after all the fabulous Autumn colours through October. It's not December yet either, so we can't really be too excited about Christmas just yet (despite the efforts of the high street retailers). So what does November have to offer? Here are my foodie & family thoughts on November which I think will get us through to the Big D!
1. Bonfire Night
What a lovely weekend we had celebrating Bonfire Night with friends and their little ones. Our Clean Little Tummies are only little, but they still enjoyed their sparklers along side a warming Bonfire Tea of stuffed jacket potatoes, hot dogs and homemade spicy salsa (left over from the Clean Little Chicken Dippers). It's such a fun time with children, it's a time for families, eating together and spending time together. Little Sam was ever so slightly terrified of the big bangs, but our eldest two loved it, and there wasn't a lot of Bonfire Tea left for Mummy and Daddy!
2. Warming Soups
What better way to keep warm than a homemade soup full of goodness? We started our soup season with pumpkin soup using up our scary faced lanterns. Belle, Joe & Sam thought it was so funny to be eating their lanterns, but it really is a great way to use up the perfectly good pumpkin. That's the great thing about soups; they can use up any sad looking vegetables in the fridge drawer. There are so many combinations which work, so just throw in whatever you have with some stock, herbs and spices, and once cooked through simply blitz to your preferred consistency. Adding milk, cream or pasta can really make the soup into a full meal, all served up with some fresh bread. Perfect after a chilly November walk.
Goldilocks liked it so much, she ate it all up! I don't blame her either. What a warming, filling, nutritious way to start the day, and for the cold mornings we're getting at the moment, there really is no better way. On our organised days, the oats soak overnight and then they are popped in the microwave in the morning. Don't think porridge is a dull breakfast....oh no, there are endless possibilities to jazz up these oats - almond milk, cashew milk, fruits, stewed fruits, nuts, seeds, nut butter, date syrup, maple syrup...you choose. Blueberries are a favourite with my littleies, or more recently some stewed plums from the Autumn Harvest. Whatever you do with them it is definitely a perfect way for you and your Clean Little Tummies to start cold November mornings.
This is a Danish tradition based on getting cosy and being with family and friends, spending time together and eating and drinking. I think here at Clean Little Tummies we might be a fan of 'hygge' (pronounced 'hooga'). In November, as the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, we love nothing more than spending time together as a family, sharing hot, steaming stews and soups, or baking together to make yummy treats. So light some candles, get everyone settled in, getting some baking going, and go do your hygge thing!
Enjoy your November and I'll be back very soon with some recipes perfect for your November menu!
Love Caroline & The Clean Little Tummies xxxx