Welcome to Winter!

It’s our first issue of Gladstone News for the winter season, and if there’s one reason we love living in our region is the beautiful weather all year round!

We’re not used to temperatures in single figures around here, so 8 degree nights have come as a bit of a shock: time to break out the winter woollies and uncover some delicious recipes to warm the cockles of your heart.

Although the first day of June was the coldest start to winter in a decade, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Winter Outlook says Winter 2018 will be warmer and drier than we’re used to. This follows one of Australia’s warmest autumns on record and its second-warmest summer on record.

This might be bad news for the lucky ones heading off for a trip to the snowfields but great news if you’re heading our way for some winter sun. The Carnival Spirit will arrive in Gladstone later in the month with a whole lot of passengers envious of the glorious winter weather during the best time of the year in our region. Enjoy!

Style Feature – Casual Winter Layering

This morning apparently it was 8 degrees. I say apparently because I remained under my doona until the thermometer reached double figures.

Gladstone doesn’t do winter well, or rather we do it spectacularly – once it gets warm.  By lunchtime on a Queensland winter’s day, there are plenty of lovely protected patches of sunlight where it’s likely to be 25 degrees.

This is where layering comes in: I used to get it very wrong. I’d proudly wear my new woollen knits on the very first day of winter- perfect for that early morning trip to work, but once inside the office, I’d be roasting by morning tea.

Alternatively, I’ll have a lightweight jacket over my shirt and pants and freeze my bits off. This is where casual winter layering comes in, and it’s as easy as counting to six:

  1. Start with your base outfit, eg a pair of jeans, blouse (short or long sleeves)/tee-shirt/top and boots.
  2. Add to the base outfit a cardigan or knit (or both) and scarf. These are your base layers. If you’re inside and it’s warm, this is the base that you’ll come down to. Because it’s still layered, you’ll look pulled together.
  3. If it’s really warm and the knit or cardigan has to come off, leave the scarf on. Any time you layer one extra piece on to your outfit, the outfit is immediately lifted.
  4. Ok, so it’s a really, really cold day. What do you layer on top of your jeans, tee, knit, boots and scarf? I’m a big fan of the cape-style coat in Queensland because it’s usually enough to keep me warm. Need something that will wrap around you a bit more? Opt for a long wool coat. Still cold? If you look cute in hats (so few of us do) then add a hat by all means, but remember to factor potential hat-hair into your styling choices.
  5. Want to look more dressy in your layers? Add a jacket instead of a knit or cardigan at step 2. Or alternatively, swap the jeans and tee for tights and a long-sleeved dress, a pencil skirt or tunic, layering a jacket, scarf and coat over the top.
  6. Worried that layering will make you look like the Michelin woman? Avoid anything chunky or bulky in your layers. You can achieve warmth with thin, wool layers or from labels like Metalicus.

And if you’ve fallen prey to a nasty bout of man flu (or any of its lesser variants) this stuff is seriously potent. Gargle 1-2 tablespoons straight and then swallow, several times a day:

HARDCORE FLU TONIC:  

Equal parts fresh:

Garlic, peeled

Onion, peeled

Chilli (hot jalapeno is best)

Ginger (unpeeled)

Tumeric (unpeeled)

Horseradish (peeled, optional)

PLUS:

Apple cider vinegar

Place all of the ingredients except the vinegar in your blender and blitz. Add a dash of apple cider vinegar (enough to form a pourable slurry). Transfer to a jar large enough to three-quarters fill. Add a little more apple cider vinegar to your blender and swirl to capture any remaining slurry. Power into the jar, leaving a 3cm space at the top. Seal and shake. Leave on the bench for 2-4 weeks shaking daily (you might need to release the lid occasionally to prevent an explosion!) Strain into a swing-top bottle. Store in the fridge for six months (maybe even longer)