To buy: Cod Liver Oil.

... That is, of course, to combat that pending S.A.D I can feel coming on if this weather continues.

On a day like today, which could be a lot of days here in Copenhagen this winter, what you need is something to warm you from the inside out. Something to beat off the driven rain, the ice pellets stabbing your eyes when you bike ride home from school, and the stinging wind on your poor, exposed ears. You need something that will build a fire and warm your veins. You need something that will give you a glowing body halo of heat.

In weather like this, some people turn to alcohol. And I'm not saying a little touch of wiskey or spoonful of jagermeister is uncalled for every once and a while! But drowning in booze: this is not the answer.

The answer is: Chowder.

Seriously people, chowder. It's probably the easiest thing you can make and it will last you just long enough that you will want it again soon, but not so long that you can't stomach the thought of tasting it ever again.

It is my super-duper powerful winter SADness deflector of MIGHT, and I am generously passing on the recipe to you!

Stephanie's Chowder

  • 4 cups of peeled, diced potatoes
  • 2 cans (250ml each) of sweet corn
  • 1 can (250ml) of cream corn
  • 1/2 cup of sliced back bacon
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups of broccoli, steamed
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • half a zucchini, sliced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 500ml heavy cream (10-18%)
  • 4-6 cups vegetable broth (I don't measure, actually, I just keep adding until it looks right)
  • Grated Old Cheddar (compulsory)

In a large pot: add the olive oil and butter and heat on medium. Add bacon and stir until cooked. Add all cans of corn and the diced potatoes.

Stir in cream and turn up heat to medium high. Add broth. Add remaining vegetables.

Go read a book or do laundry or check out some of my awesome photos online.

Come back in about 25 minutes and reduce heat. Put some crusty bread in the oven to heat for 5 minutes.

Pour yourself a glass of wine. You deserve it after all that work!

Ladle out your amazing chowder and add some grated cheddar. Use the crusty bread to soak it all up.

Enjoy.