“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ― Edith Sitwell
Its that strange time of year again, the time after Christmas and before spring. The depth of winter. The excitement, hustle and bustle of the holidays is behind us and if you’re like me you may feel a tiny bit worn out, ready to hunker down and hibernate until spring.
If you’ve been following my posts recently, you know that the fall was a super busy time for my family, culminating in our move to a new city at the beginning of December. I moved everything into our new home, spent four days unpacking boxes and promptly left for two weeks worth of holiday traveling. We had a marvelous time and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to put the stress of the move on hold over the holidays and take a break before beginning life in our new city.
That being said, as I sit in our new house, surrounded by unorganized belongings and remnants of packing material, the words of the quote above really resonate with me. Winter is a time for good food, warmth and home. Winter is a time where we naturally look for comfort and rest in our surroundings and in our food.
Late last week, after we had just returned from our travels, I found myself craving a particular winter comfort food from my past, white chicken chili. I am not entirely sure why this has always been a favorite of mine, but I remember my mom making it when I was a child and I always preferred it to traditional chili. After some thought and research I came up with the idea for the recipe below, which uses ginger to add some flavor and kick and coconut milk and arrowroot powder to add the comforting creamy taste and texture. As an added bonus I decided to break out my brand new slow cooker for this recipe which makes it even more perfect for those lazy winter days where you just don’t feel like standing over a pot of simmering soup all day.
For me, this winter will certainly be centered on my home as I slowly settle into our new life and create a true home in our new house. For you, I hope that the short days of winter are an opportunity to rest, and enjoy good food, warmth and friendship.
Do you tend to focus on the comforts of home more in the winter?
White Chicken “Chili”
3-4 chicken breasts
2 cups of bone broth
1 tsp sea salt
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic chopped
1 Three inch piece of fresh ginger finely shredded
1 rutabaga chopped
1 cup of full fat coconut milk
3 TBS arrowroot powder
chopped green onions for garnish
avocado slices for garnish
Place your chicken breasts, garlic, onions, rutabaga, ginger, salt and bone broth in your 5-6 qt slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours. About thirty minutes prior to serving add in your coconut milk and then gradually stir in your arrowroot powder. Cover and allow it to continue simmering for about 10 minutes. Garnish with green onions and avocado slices and serve.