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05 December 2019

The Best Dishes to Cook Up in Winter

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As the cold months are nearly upon us, people are seeking filling recipes to keep them warm and energised through the winter period. With the nights becoming longer and with more time to kill, now is the perfect time to try your hand at cooking up some recipes that have become seasonal staples. Let’s take a look at a couple of our favourite warming winter recipes you can try yourself.

Winter Vegetable and Lentil Soup

When it’s cold outside, the perfect dish to warm yourself up with is soup. Here we have a healthy, vitamin-packed meal that will not only keep you warm but provide you with that full-tummy feeling that we all crave during winter.

This recipe takes a mere ten minutes to prepare and a further thirty minutes to cook. Easy to make, this dish will keep two people warm and cosy for the night.

The required ingredients are:

  • 85g dried red lentils
  • 2 carrots, quartered lengthways and diced
  • 3 celery sticks, sliced
  • 2 small leeks, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable bouillon powder
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of ground coriander

 

The method for this sensational soup is:

  1. Pour the red lentils, diced carrots, sliced celery sticks and leeks into a large pan. Also include the tomato puree, thyme leaves, garlic cloves, bouillon powder and ground coriander. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed together.
  2. Pour one and a half litres of boiling water from the kettle over the ingredients and stir well.
  3. Cover the mix and leave it to simmer for 30 minutes. The vegetables and lentils should become tender.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and eat it straight away. However, if you prefer a thicker texture, blend a third of the soup and add it to your bowl.

Winter Panzanella

This gorgeous Italian salad is perfectly fitted to be your lunchtime meal or perhaps even a side dish. A healthy and light option, this extra-crunchy salad is stacked with flavour.

This recipe only takes fifteen minutes to prepare and forty-five minutes to cook. Serving four people. This dish is particularly easy to make.

The required ingredients are:

  • 1 cauliflower broken into florets
  • 100ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • 250g of good bread, (perhaps ciabatta or sourdough)
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 4 sliced garlic cloves
  • 8 chopped anchovies
  • 35g of raisins soaked in boiled water and drained
  • 1 tablespoon of capers, rinsed of salt or brine
  • 4 tablespoons of chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 5 finely sliced radishes
  • 1 teaspoon of either white wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
  • The juice of half a lemon

 

The method for this tasty salad is:

  1. Steam the cauliflower and when it is tender, set aside.
  2. Rip the bread into tiny chunks and heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Until golden, fry the bread on a medium heat and then add the chilli, garlic and anchovies to the pan.
  3. Wait until the mixture is golden, (not brown) and tip it into a broad serving bowl, adding raisins, parsley and capers.
  4. Over a high heat, fry the cauliflower after adding olive oil. Put the cauliflower in the bread bowl and add the radishes, vinegar, and lemon juice. Season the mixture but don’t use too much salt due to the anchovies.
  5. Taste the dish to decide if you want more oil or juice, and then serve warm.

We hope you enjoy these excellent wintery dishes.

 


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