Winter is a time of quiet and storage. It can be harsh physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The nights are longest, and we may not see the sun for a while. Still we endure, relying on stored supplies of energy, hope and memories. We may not be at a picnic, but families and friends come together to support each other, and share. There is a beauty in winter, but it can be severe too.

For macrobiotic cooking this means putting still more energy into our cooking to support us through this hard time. Now is the time for pressure-cooking grains and beans, baking vegetables, and slow cooking too. But remember, spring is right around the corner, and the energy we put into our food in winter will be in our blood cells for ninety days. So don’t overdo it. We want to embrace spring with freshness when It comes. Not too much of a heaviness.