Mid August brings winter fatigue - we are over it, but it ain't going anywhere for a while yet, so it's time for comfort food. Bring joy to winter with things I like to call food cuddles.

Chocolate does it for many people. Cheese does it for me and fried food does it for my partner, so crumbed ham and cheese chicken schnitzel is on our menu. I fondly remember my Nana's curried sausages, so those too will provide plenty of comfort, and pear and apple meringue tray bake - my goodness Kathy Paterson, you've hit the spot.

Comfort food for winter: Nana's curried sausages or this pear and apple meringue. Photos / Bite magazine
Comfort food for winter: Nana's curried sausages or this pear and apple meringue. Photos / Bite magazine

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complete our set of joyous winter things and for those battling the lurgies,

in between all the decadence will do you plenty of good too.

Ray McVinnie is in the kitchen using cream. And we have some tasty cheese on toast recipes to share. Photos / Bite magazine
Ray McVinnie is in the kitchen using cream. And we have some tasty cheese on toast recipes to share. Photos / Bite magazine

On an emotional level, setting boundaries and getting others to respect them may be what is required. But first, we're going vegetarian for dinner tonight with a warm, fragrant dal and raw cauliflower salad.

Try a winter wellness juice to battle those lurgies. For dinner, this fragrant dal and raw cauliflower salad. Photos / Bite magazine
Try a winter wellness juice to battle those lurgies. For dinner, this fragrant dal and raw cauliflower salad. Photos / Bite magazine