Stay safe and warm this winter
Winter is often a welcome change from the long hot summers we have here in WA.
But we must remember to stay warm and keep safe from the flu when the temperatures drop.
- Prepare for cold weather
- Invest in an electric blanket or a hot water bottle
- Close doors to rooms you are not using to keep the heat in
- Clean your heater filters regularly to keep them dust free
- Assess your winter wardrobe
- Wear cotton, wool or fleecy fibers to maintain body heat
- Wear good fitting socks and slippers in the house and sturdy shoes with good grip outdoors
- Use a scarf outdoors to cover your mouth and nose and protect your lungs from cold air
- Stay active
- Light exercise will help you generate body heat and improve your immune system
- Eat well
- Eating regular meals keeps your energy levels up and creates body heat
- Try our hearty minestrone soup recipe in this edition of Harvest.
- Get your influenza vaccination
- Get vaccinated at selected chemists or your local GP
- Remember to wash your hands regularly and physically distance from those who are ill
CEO Chris How’s famous minestrone soup:
- 3 bacon rashers, rind removed, roughly chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
- 1 potato, peeled and chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1L (4 cups) beef stock
- 400g can of chopped tomatoes
- 400g can of red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup small shell pasta
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Place the bacon, carrots, celery and potato in a large saucepan and stir to combine.
- Cook over high heat, uncovered, for 5 minutes
- Add the garlic, beef stock, tomatoes and red kidney beans to the pan
- Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Increase heat to high. Add pasta and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally until pasta is al dente. Season with salt and pepper.
- Ladle into serving bowls and sprinkle with parsley