As the weather cools, the darkness comes earlier, the bush changes colour and the rain falls, I find myself turning to comfort food.
It's lucky, then, that these days my idea of comfort is vastly different to what it used to be.
In previous years, I've turned to chocolate and cakes and takeaway as my comfort. Now, I'm turning to...
Freshly baked Hot Cross Buns. Turns out the overtly sweet and dense buns in the shops are not how HCBs are meant to be, and discovering the joy of a light, fluffy, truly fresh HCB is something I'm loving. (And the crosses aren't those boring ones made of water and flour - these are made from fresh, buttery pastry. Oh yes.)
Homemade soups and stews - warmth from the inside out, this is the ultimate comfort food for me right now.
A steaming cup of tea - I don't enjoy standard tea or coffee, and rarely indulge in a hot chocolate these days, but a hot cup of peppermint tea is warming and relaxing, and appeals to all the senses.
Plus... a book to reread. Because I don't have a great memory, I can reread books again and again. And again. And still wonder what happens at the end. But picking up a book that I've read before is such a comfort, knowing it will be easy and relatively non-suspenseful.
What do you take comfort in during the cooler months?