With the chilly winds and dull skies outside, we try to make the inside feel cosy and warm, for me nothing helps more than good hearty meals. Here are my particular favourites enjoyed whilst the heating is on and my fluffy slippers are worn:
Pie and mash
I had to start with this easy meal, it is one of my favourites, however I am pretty boring, pie wise I eat either a chicken or beef pie and although I lack the skills to make it at home, I always choose a high quality pie, however you prefer the pie, adding the creamiest mash potato and seasonal vegetables on the side of it, is just simply put, a perfect cold day meal, oh and don't forget the gravy, lashings of gravy!
Toad in the hole
This meal to me screams 'winter has arrived'. Sausages in batter with baby potatoes and a carrot and swede mix on the side. Scrumptious Cumberland sausages are my favourite to use here and the Yorkshire pudding needs to rise well and look golden brown. Fresh eggs, good self raising flour and a teaspoon of horseradish sauce (trust me) are recommended for this batter mix though.
Mashed potato, mint jelly sauce and some garden peas served on the side. An inexpensively hunger-busting meal. Lamb is usually thought of as a luxury meat but it doesn't have to be. The lamb shank is relatively good value for money.
Using your slow cooker:
Chicken and leek casserole
Casseroles are obvious for slow cookers, but this meal is my definite go-to. This recipe combines earthy flavours of the leek and potatoes and the richness of the seasoned chicken. Making sure of course slices of fresh bread and butter are at the ready, to make sure there is not a single drop uneaten.
Beef stew and dumplings
The stew of all stews, personally. The key to getting the best out of this one is to use a high quality beef steak and cook it low and slow for as long as you dare. The dumplings take only a few moments to prepare, round and firm in size, they add texture and density to this meal.
Pea and Ham soup
Soup just sits in the belly warming us up from the inside out. This particular soup tastes delicious and is fairly easy to make too. When ham hock is involved you know it'll be very delicious. The creamiest the better.
I hope this has given you some lovely ideas to help with keeping warm and comfy during our winter months.
What is your favourite meat?
What drink is better suited with a hearty warm meal?