The Road Ahead : June July 2014
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 20 THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JUL 2014 Queenslanders are spoilt when it comes to winter, with our crisp blue skies and mild temperatures. As a result, when the mercury does eventually drop, we're left scrambling for the heater and nearest pair of ugg boots. Be prepared for those -- albeit rare -- cold days and nights with a few practical touches around the home. For starters, dark colours and rich textures evoke a sense of cosiness and warmth, so introduce these colours to the living area with a few cushions and throws. As well as being visually appealing, the throws are perfect for snuggling up under on chilly nights. Before switching on the heater, check if the ceiling fans have a switch that reverses the direction of the blades. Warm air rises, so putting the fan in reverse forces warm air downwards to where you need it most (just don't forget to switch it back when summer comes around). Last, but certainly not least, stock up on teas and drinking chocolate. LIFESTYLE | QLD LIVING IMAGE: COURTESY OF NORSU INTERIORS. NORSU.COM.AU. FISH TAGINE Serves 4 INGREDIENTS: 2 tbs olive oil; 1 large red onion, thinly sliced; 2 tbs chermoula paste*; 400g can chopped tomatoes; 1 cinnamon quill; 600g good quality marinara mix; ½ cup green olives; 1 tbs chopped coriander; couscous and flatbread (to serve). METHOD: Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for two minutes until softened. Add the chermoula and stir for a few seconds until fragrant, then add the tomatoes, cinnamon and 350ml water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes until thickened. Add the seafood and simmer for 10 minutes until just cooked. Remove from the head, stir in the olives and sprinkle with the coriander. Serve with couscous and flatbread. *Chermoula (a North African herb and spice paste) is available from Middle Eastern and gourmet shops. ABC delicious -- Slow (RRP $19.99). shop.abc.net.au 1. Red Pendant cultdesigned.com.au 2. Our Kitchen Garden Recipe Box ourkitchengarden.com.au 3. WAM Home Décor Maze Cushions wamhomedecor.com.au 4. Eden Throw zanui.com.au our favourites the season for slow cooking WHEN IT'S COLD OUTSIDE, THERE'S NOTHING BETTER THAN A HEARTY MEAL TO WARM UP THE INSIDES. THE NEW ABC DELICIOUS -- SLOW COOKBOOK IS FILLED WITH 60 OF THE BEST. 1. 2. 3. winter warmers CREATE A FEELING OF WARMTH IN YOUR HOME 4.