Can gloomy November days really make us happier?
So I decided to do a little research and I found something quite surprising! Nordic and Scandinavian cultures tend to be some of the happiest people around.
These countries experience some of the darkest, longest, and coldest arctic winters!
These cultures subscribe to enjoying some of the most basic things we take for granted.
They really savour and soak up life which is something I think we all need to do a bit more of.
They get outdoors no matter what the weather and when they are indoors they live lavishly.
Not necessary throwing around excessive amounts of money to do so either but simply appreciating what we all have for example.
A Finnish word this is about spending time alone in nature. Be by yourself with your thought is someplace beautiful peaceful and chilly. The fresh air will free you from rush, stress, and routine.
Which basically means enjoying long lazy mornings in bed with hot drinks!
Great, where do I sign up? One of the best ways to spend a morning!
An Icelandic word for happiness that is defined by sitting in front of a window
with a hot cup of coffee or tea enjoying the cold weather from inside.
A Dutch term for being united with loved ones. Basically being cosy, friendly, and pleasant, and don’t we feel better when we are kind to others? Yes, it’s a basic part of life which can actually make us happier and of course others around us.
So how does this relate to this comfy pumpkin mash?
You should make this hug in a bowl and sit in your favourite
warm room in front of beautiful window with your loved ones!
Recipe - Creamy Vegan Mashed Pumpkin Potatoes with Charred Savoy Cabbage
This cozy and creamy olive oil pumpkin sweet potato mash with rosemary is perfect for cold dark evenings.
Served with charred savoy cabbage stir fry and chopped roasted walnuts.
This recipe is gluten, dairy, and grain free but loaded with flavour. You can also sub in coconut milk or almond milk for a touch less oil.
- 400g raw peeled chopped sweet potato
- 400g raw peeled chopped pumpkin
- 1 tbsp olive oil + some for drizzling
- 1-2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tsp of chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
- good pinch of sea salt
Charred savoy cabbage
- 1 large onion sliced
- 200g (approx half of a cabbage) thinly sliced savoy cabbage
- 1 tin (240g) of drained chick peas
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- squeeze of lemon
- 100g roasted walnuts
- After you have peeled and chopped your pumpkin and sweet potato place in a large pot of salted boiling water
- Cook until soft and drain
- Blend your cooked pumpkin and sweet potato until smooth. I used my food processor.
- Add all other ingredients for the mash and set aside to keep warm
- Fry sliced onion and cabbage on medium heat with a little olive oil until soft.
- Add paprika and salt and turn up heat to lightly brown edges of cabbage and onions.
- Then add balsamic and cook until absorbed into cabbage.
- Add tin of drained chickpeas and fry until warmed through.
- Check seasoning feel free to add a pinch more salt and a squeeze of lemon.