Ice storms, blackouts and winds stinging enough to make you cry – and it isn’t even February yet. Yes Canadians are hearty, but this winter goes beyond. The very extremity of the weather – and our magnificent endurance of it – calls for celebration. Put on something colourful, invite a few friends into the kitchen and turn up the heat (if your pipes aren’t frozen). We’re channelling balmy temperatures, soothing ocean breezes and juicy tropical flavours for a winter kitchen party that feels like a fiesta.