October and November are my favourite months of the year, after the summer I am more than ready to pull on socks and boots and head out into the leaves and mud with the dog to enjoy cold and hopefully sunny days.
Having a dog has now given me the perfect excuse to partake in one of my favourite winter hobbies, which involves leaving the house at precisely the right time – before everyone has shut their curtains – to take a stroll along my favourite London streets and peer into warmly lit rooms. Twilight in winter has a very special quality which makes interiors look warm and inviting and I love to wander and wonder about the people who live in the cosy homes. On returning home I light a fire and candles and leave my curtains open for others who are as nosey as me.
Winter also requires a different kind of home style cooking to get us through the dark days. Comfort is a new book by food stylist and writer Carolyn Caldicott and photographer Chris Caldott, which contains perfect versions of all the old favourites such as shepherds pie, beef and ale stew with herb dumplings, creamy fish pie, roast chicken with all the trimmings and wholesome soups.
Practical and useful with lots of lovely scene of the best of the British winter, this little book would make a perfect present for those who embrace winter in all its glory.