A Roast Worth Boasting About! By Marise Phillips

Winter can be gruelling for many of us. The days are shorter, colder, darker and tough on our immune systems and health.

The type of food we eat is important for our vitality and well being. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that “Cooking should be for longer periods with low heat and less water”. (https://www.chinesemedicineliving.com/nutrition/seasons/winter/)

“Cold and raw foods and drinks are best avoided because our bodies expend so much energy warming them up, before they can be broken down and utilised. So hold off the green smoothies until the temperature rises!” (http://sevencanaries.com.au/seasons-in-chinese-medicine-winter/)

Hence it is important to substitute salads for roast vegetables, smoothies for soups, and generally eat more warming, substantial foods!

I recently made a delicious dinner of Tomato soup with Pan fried cheesy gnocchi, garlic, chilli flakes and cracked pepper.


  • 600ml Organic Tomato Soup
  • Handful of basil leaves
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp roasted chilli flakes
  • 250G Potato Gnocchi
  • 1 tsp Rice bran oil
  • 100g Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  1. Bring water to boil in a pot, add the gnocchi and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove gnocchi from pot and run under cold water to avoid cooking further. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan, addthe gnocchi, garlic, salt, pepper and cook until golden and slightly charred.
  4. Turn off heat on frying pan, add parmesan cheese to coat gnocchi.
  5. Bring soup to boil in a pot, adding salt to taste. Once boiling, turn down heat to simmer for a few minutes. Then remove from heat.
  6. Pour soup into bowls, add gnocchi/cheese mixture to top.
  7. Season with chilli flakes, and basil leaves.

This delicious warming meal takes 15-20 minutes to prepare and puts a twist on an otherwise staple boring soup.

I for one am happy to take the advice of swapping salads and smoothies for delicious hearty WARM meals like the one above.

Of course once Summer is here, it is advisable to adjust your eating habits to include more raw, fresh and cold produce. Until then, roast, boil, char, bake and stew to your hearts content!





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