I often laugh when I read blog posts, emails, or Facebook comments from people who think it’s cold where they are. Cold really is relative though isn’t it? Last month we had a real cold spell where the temperatures, without taking into account ANY windchill factor, was in the minus 40s. We’ve just been through a week of minus 30 and colder weather (that’s minus 20 and colder for the Americans). Again, that is before any windchill factor is taken into account. My poor dogs don’t like this weather either. I have to take them outside numerous times during the day, bundling up like a Goodyear blimp, each time. They can’t take the cold on their feet more than anything. I take them to do their business and to have a short run but then they too want to rush right back inside. I have to take my glasses off because otherwise the metal sears the cold deep into my forehead. Unless you’ve lived this life, people have no idea how bitter the cold really can be.
The one positive thing about this bitterly cold weather is that I’m compelled to hunker down and do a lot of cooking of comfort foods. Things like homemade stew, homemade soup, hearty ribs, home baked beans, you know the sort of thing I’m talking about. Another reason some of us cold weather folks gain weight — lots of hearty winter food and very little chance to move around much. Well, I guess I’d better quit writing about the cold and get busy working on my next environment column. I hope you’re all keeping warm if you live in an area where it’s cold.
What’s your favourite cold weather food or ritual?