Which is, I suspect, a pretty good indicator that I'm comfy as heck at that temperature. Then again, there are people around who've watched me wander around in sub-freezing temps wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Well, and long socks and flip flops, but still.
Note- Flip flops + toe socks, ok. Flip flops + snow, ok. Flip flops + toe socks + snow = very very cold wet feet. Do Not Want.
So winter here isn't really sounding like winter food time for me. But maybe it'll be "warmer" food time.
I don't know how excited I can get about heavy stews and casseroles and roast root veggies and chowders and whatnot when it's still t-shirt weather. And baking? The RM's keep the house cold enough to double as an icebox all summer, they're just as heavy handed with the heat when it's chilly. You ever try baking in an 85* kitchen? pleh.
Problem is, I *love* winter food. I love mayo-based cold salads, too, but I *really* love cold weather food. All that stuff that's just too heavy to stomach when it's 90* out, or that's so high in energy that your body starts pumping out heat the second it hits your stomach. I love that food.
I've been known to roast gallon baggies of root veggies just so I could make fast roast root veggie chowder. I can decimate a vat of topped polenta, and pasta is instant winter warmth.
These meatball subs are probably the heaviest things I've eaten since March. I have no idea how many calories are in them, I really don't care. I just know that after eating them I could happily go moon-bathe in a blizzard.
Of course, it doesn't blizzard here, but whatever. They're kicking out enough energy to keep me going in seriously cold weather. It doesn't get that cold, even with the RM's manning the AC controls.
So I have a question for you guys- How the heck can I adjust my (seriously hearty, sometimes expensive) winter food to something that won't overheat me in weather my body thinks of as "summer morning/ evening"? I don't want to give up my favorite winter foods just because I had the common sense to move somewhere I won't ever have to shovel (5+ foot drifts of) snow.
It was 50, and people were wearing parkas. Srsly.