The first snows of winter have arrived to our little corner of the world heralding the true arrival of winter. Now is the time to crack out the recipe books and blogs to find food that will warm our bones and fill our bellies. As I love thinking about food (and eating it) I decided this week to put together a short list of some of my favourite winter dishes. Some are full of naughty, rich ingredients while others take a low-fat approach, but all are full of flavour and are guaranteed to satisfy. At the end I have included a dessert that I am planning on making some evening when it is too cold to venture outside. Enjoy!
Hazelnut and Parsnip Stack with herb stuffing
This recipe comes from the “A Year at Avoca: A Cookbook“. Helpfully divided into seasons, this book is great for locating recipes which use seasonal ingredients. They are also quite fancy so are perfect for dinner parties, special events, or glamorous Sunday feasts. The winter highlight in the book is adapted from an old Delia Smith recipe which is fabulously decadent, but very easy to cook. It serves 6-8 people (or 4 if you are in my house) and combines wonderful winter flavours such as parsnips, hazelnuts and fresh winter herbs. This is a very rich dish so service with a green side of spinach or broccoli. Be warned this is not one for dieters or vegans as there is butter, cream and cheese in the recipe.
Vegetable Goulash with Herb Dumplings
I love a good goulash, thick, warm soups packed with flavour and nutrients. I particularly like this version from Blazing Salad’s book “Blazing Salads 2: Good Food Everyday” as I feel it fulfils those criteria. Not only is it full of delicious in season root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and turnip but it contains kidney and cannelloni beans, which add flavour and will fill you up. Barley and potatoes fill out the rest of the delicious tomato based dish. But the real treat for me in this recipe is the dumplings. These are suet free and packed full of flavour thanks to their herbs and the absorption of the flavours of the goulash. Delicious and serves 6-8!
Imagine this. It is a cold, mid-week day, and you just need something quick and comforting to have for dinner. This dish is perfect for this type of day and I reply on it regularly to help avoid the temptation of take-aways. From River Cottage’s “Veg Everyday”, Chachoucka is a spicy North African pepper and tomato stew with eggs. It is ridiculously easy to prepare and cook but taste great. It is surprisingly moreish for something that is so simple. Serves 4 and have with bread and a green salad.
White Bean Stew with Winter Squash and Kale
Anyone who ever asks me for food suggestions should know about my love for the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen blog. I cook a recipe from this site at least once a fortnight. The recipes are simple with straightforward instructions and the end results are always packed with flavour. This stew passes my rule of dinner needed to have something green with it, be it broccoli, spinach or in this case kale. This stew looks great and tastes wonderful, while giving you all the good stuff found in vegetables and beans. It will warm you right up and it can be made in a large batch to have over a few days.
Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced ‘Buttercream’
Last but not least is a dish that I have not made yet, but definitely will sometime in the future. From Oh She Glows this dessert has everything wintery, pumpkin, gingerbread, spice and buttercream. It would be a lovely evening treat to have with a cup of tea and I am looking forward to giving it a go!
None of these photos are from my preparations as I always, ate them too quickly and forgot to take photos. Oops.
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