“For after all,
the best thing one can do when it is raining
is let it rain.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It has been pouring in Southern Queensland. Solid, steady rain turning sun-baked earth into black spongy mud, filling wheelbarrows and planters, causing every heat-withered plant to lift up vibrant leaves to the skies in unabashed joy.
Everywhere you look are signs of the storms: flooded fields and rivers, branches tossed higgledy-piggledy after fierce winds ripped through the area, new potholes along the highways.
It’s been wonderful. And wild. And scary. And shiveringly cold. But mostly wonderful. It’s like every bit of my world threw up its hands and said, “Let’s sit back and enjoy this.” So I joined in.
To-do lists were set aside, projects completely ignored, and we gave ourselves up to utter relaxation. Movies were watched and naps taken, popcorn popped and soup simmered. I made bread and curry and pasta, delicious comfort food while the farm turned into a giant puddle.
The rains returned this morning, so I brewed up a pot of Cherry Cider spiced with star anise. There’s something about the licorice flavor of star anise that goes beautifully with cherries, and the combo was deliciously warming as the temperature dropped.
Now it’s time to roast some veggies between storms – turnips with fresh thyme and Brussels sprouts with Balsamic Dijon dressing. Teamed up with Beef Garlic sausages from the butchers, this meal is going to warm our bones for sure.
What is your favorite drink on a stormy day? xo
Spiced Cherry Cider
3 cups cherry juice
1 star anise
1. Simmer cherry juice and star anise over low heat for 5-10 minutes.
2. Serve hot.