Warming Winter Recipes

It’s that time of year again. You notice the chill in the air as you nip to town to get the usual mid-November essentials, and of course the first thing you hear in the shop is the relaxing voice of Johnny Mathis. Worryingly, he’s singing ‘It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas’. It’s not looking like Christmas though. It’s only November the 9th.

Design Interiors have the perfect solution to those early-winter blues. The answer is food. Here’s a couple of warming winter recipes that will fill your kitchen with the smell of home-cooked food.

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Shepherd’s Pie:

(Serves 4)

1. Heat up a saucepan with 1 tbsp of garlic oil, then add one diced white onion, and two diced carrots.

2. Once soft, add 500g of lamb mince, and cook until brown. Add tomato puree. Tip off excess fat.

3. Add a pint of beef stock, and simmer for 40 mins.

4. In the meantime, cut one kilo of potatoes in to medium size chunks, and boil in salted water until tender. Drain the water, and ad 100g of butter and 2 tbsp of single cream.

5. Place the mince into an oven dish, and top with the mashed potato.

6. Bake in the oven at Gas Mk 4, 180C, 160C in a fan oven. Bake until the potato starts to crisp on the top. This should take 20-25 mins.

7. Let it stand for 5 mins, then serve.


And for pudding, the answer is of course…

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Apple Crumble.

(Serves 4)

1. Add 100g of raisins, 100g of muscovado sugar, 50ml of spiced rum, and 25g of unsalted butter to a bowl and microwave for 90 seconds. The sugar should turn syrupy, and the butter should be fully melted.

2. Mix 125g of plain flour with 100g of unsalted butter. Mix until large clumps start to form.

3. Mix the flour and butter clumps with 3tbsp of oats, 50g of muscovado sugar, and 75g of finely diced fudge.

4. Mix the microwaved ingredients with 4 cubed bramley apples, and add to an ovenproof dish.

5. Add the top layer evenly across the fruit and apple base.

6. Cover with tin foil, and bake at Gas Mk 4, 180C, 160C in a fan oven for 60 mins. Remove tin foil for the final 30 mins.

7. Serve with custard or vanilla ice cream.

Michael Rogers