As the cold winter weather starts to hit, there is nothing more comforting than a lovingly-prepared home-cooked meal. It’s something that tantalises and treats your senses! And winter meals don’t have to be at all complex. They can be simple and easy, and still full of flavour. Even better, it’s something you can look forward to when you get home after a long, cold day.
Check out these great tips on not only what to cook, but where to source some hearty winter foods!
To market, to market
Firstly, make sure you check out all your local farmers markets. These are great for filling your basket with fresh local produce to cook with. Along with a great sense of community spirit, you’ll get a greater variety of foods and you’re supporting local suppliers at the same time!
On those brisk, frosty mornings, winter farmers markets will also likely be less crowded, allowing you to stock up on your favourite produce and necessities.
When it comes to winter comfort food, it doesn’t come much better than the classic casserole. Slow-cooked to perfection, it’s the perfect winter warmer, served up with mashed potato. It’s also a great economical option, you can use cheaper cuts of meat, and it’s perfect for leftover-work-lunches.
And they’re super easy to make! Put all the ingredients in a covered dish, place in the oven or slow cooker, and come back later to a no-fuss, nutritious meal.
Soups are simply the ultimate winter comfort food. They’re easy to prepare, chock-full of flavour, and so, so versatile. From chunky to creamy, and thick to clear, soups have such a wide variety of types to suit anyone’s tastes.
Vegetable-based soups are a great way to get extra nutrients and vitamins into your system, and will help increase your immunity from colds and flu. Soups are also a great way to stock up on future meals. Cook up a big batch and freeze to keep your place fully stocked over winter!
Don’t be stew-pid!
Just like casseroles and soups, stews make for a great winter staple. Simple and delicious, stews combine meats and veggies, slow-cooked, and then served in the resulting gravy that’s been created by the slow-cooking method.
From beef bourguignon to bouillabaisse, and ratatouille to rogan josh, there’s such a wide variety to cater for all tastes. The slow-cook method makes it ideal for really cheap cuts of meat, which also allows flavours to combine easily.
Winter is just the perfect time to try some new recipes and flavours, so dive right in! Use different combinations of herbs and spices, veggies, and meats to really cook up a storm and discover some great food experiences!