Isn't it hilarious how we Australians seem so shocked every time winter comes around?  We struggle to remember what we wore last winter and how we made it through the "hard" times.

Winter feels different (literally) for us this year.  We're living on South Stradbroke Island, by the beach with winter highs of 24 and bitterly cold (*cough*) lows of 12.  Stoke that fire... sooooo chilly!  Ha!  This time last year, we were enjoying (ok, "wishing we were on an island" enjoying) frosty winters in Macedon, Victoria with highs of 6 and lows of -1.  Brrrrr, def chilly.  I will say we do miss our toasty fire though.  Just sayin'.  Here's to you Centenary Avenue and all your glory.  Cue Barbra Streisand's "Memories"...  

Whether you don a North Face or simply add a scarf and beanie with those thongs (Queenslanders represent), no one can pass up a good, comforting winter soup when the temperature drops.  We have two must-try favourite recipes to share with you.  

Ashley Alexander of GATHER & FEAST and Julia Busuttil Nishimura of OSTRO know their flavour combos and know food prepared with heart is always the best kind.  Believe us, you'll want to cook these tonight.  And, the best bit... all using ingredients you have in your pantry/fridge.  Win!

First up, GATHER & FEAST's Pumkpin, Tumeric & Ginger Soup.  It's one of Ashley's signatures amongst many other winners in her FREE Recipe eBook, Morning Noon & Night.  Creamy vegetable goodness you can whip up in 1/2 hour and a true crowd-pleaser.  The recipe includes fresh tumeric, ginger (both anti-inflammatory) and a secret ingredient you'll never guess.  Make a batch tonight.



Pumpkin, Tumeric & GInger Soup (Image via @gatherandfeast)


This second soup I have made, and made, and made, comes from the kitchen of Julia from OSTRO.  It is a quick and nourishing recipe Julia posted to her Instagram feed in 2015 and such a goodie.  This gal is all about good food made with simple ingredients and she's just released her own book, OSTRO to share the love with us all!  Julia's Zuppa di Ceci e sedano is so tasty and we know it'll become a go-to in your family.  Try it for yourself:  


Zuppa di Ceci e sedano (Image via @juliaostro)
Zuppa di Ceci e sedano


1 shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 bay leaf
1 litre vegetable stock
Can of drained chickpeas
A squeeze of lemon, parsley/young celery leaves to garnish 


In a pot, saute one shallot and two cloves of garlic in a little olive oil.  Add two stalks of celery and saute for a few minutes longer.  Add a bay leaf and cover with vegetable stock.  Bring to the boil and add a can of drained chickpeas.  Season to taste, squeeze in some lemon juice and top with young celery leaves or parsley.  
Most importantly, enjoy!


Around these parts we always like to enjoy our soup with a chunk of fresh sourdough, a generous slathering of quality butter and good company.  The simple life.  The good life.  

Why not make a double batch and drop it off to a loved one?  It's the perfect wintery gift.  

Love & adventure always,





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