I've been trying not to complain, but this is the worst winter I've experienced in Chicago. Its the most snow with the worst cold. Normally its one or the other. My 12 mile round trip bike commute is killing me.
To combat the winter chill and anger, I've been focusing on recent obsessions of mine, which help warm my cold winter attitude.
Toasting anise seed and curry powder in olive oil.
If you've read my last couple of recipes, you'll notice almost every dish begins with toasting spices. This easy technique of infusing the pungent flavor of spices in hot oil is an awesome way to release the warm earthy aromas of the seeds and really make the flavors pop. I've become obsessed with this method common in Indian cooking if not just for the amazing smells alone. The sweet exotic aroma of toasting curry powder warms me to my toes. The intensity of flavor which results from this simple procedure is a quick way to infuse a sultry tropical sensation into an average winter soup and warm me right up.
Do you have any suggestions for easy ways to warm up and cure the winter seasonal depression (and anger) of cabin fever? I'd love to hear them!