The cool evenings and dark nights have set in, and many of us will be spending our evenings cosied up at home. To keep us warm and satisfied, hearty food is the order of the day, from rich stews with chunky vegetables to luxurious soups and making the most of seasonal fruits.
If you need some winter inspiration, here’s a selection of comforting classics.
1. Pumpkin, chickpea & coconut curry
For a warming dish, full of wholesome goodness and a touch of worldly cuisine, a curry is always a brilliant go-to. Who doesn’t enjoy a curry? This chunky veggie version is a great way to incorporate the autumn with pumpkin or squash, and infusing some South East Asian flavour with coconut milk and spices. Serve with naan bread, fragrant basmati rice and some chutney to round off the dish.
2. Three-cheese lasagne
When it comes to hearty family staples, lasagne is a great choice. It can be time consuming and a little fiddly though, so if you’re looking to save on the kitchen time or make it a touch healthier, making it meat-free is a great alternative. A simple tomato and vegetable sauce can be used for the filling, whilst a bit of luxury can be found in the addition of pesto, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan.
3. Toffee apple crumble
An autumnal twist on a classic apple crumble, this toffee-infused recipe also has the added benefit of only requiring one pan, so you can save precious time on the method and enjoy more time enjoying the fruits of your labour! This recipe couldn’t be simpler – you just need some apples, vanilla and ice cream, alongside a handful of cupboard staples.
4. Classic sausage, mash and onion gravy
We mustn’t forget to mention a British classic like sausage, mash and a generous amount of gravy! The method here is simple enough, but the way to ensure a deliciously comforting dish is in picking the best ingredients. Good quality sausages from the butchers are essential, whether you go for pork and leek, Cumberland or another tasty variant. For the mashed potato, butter, milk and a spoon of wholegrain mustard make for a luxurious accompaniment, whilst a rich onion gravy tops off the dish perfectly.
5. Blackberry jam
Making jam may seem like a slightly daunting and time-consuming task if it’s your first time, but it’s actually simple and quick to make. Something a little different to prepare ahead, this particular recipe is great for the autumn with blackberry’s rich, deep flavour.