How to warm up the winter nights. Take one cup of lentils.

 Soak for a few hours

 Add chopped winter vegetables: carrots, pumpkins, parsnips, swedes.

 Stir in the last of the beefsteak tomatoes from the west coast greenhouse. But first gently fry onion, ginger, and spices such as cumin, turmeric, coriander . . . Simmer for about an hour and let your house filled with spicy aromas.

Send out an invitation to neighbours for HOT SOUP TUESDAYS – you are invited to drop by after 6.30 pm and warm yourself with hot soup at the end of your long day.

Make toast, and serve with quark, cheese, tahini . . . Enjoy the company and the conversation. Winter cheer is guaranteed. Every Tuesday.