It’s winter – let’s eat!

Cover of PieIt’s winter and I am not advocating heading for the snow, but to the kitchen. This a winter food rave. You see, for me the best thing about this season is… WINTER FOOD!

Does this grab you like it does me? Steak, Caramelised  Onion and Red Capsicum Mustard Pies from a simply named but lip-smacking cookbook: Pie, by Dean Brettschneider. It helps that the pictures are of perfectly made pastry, of course. Mine never looks like this, more of a patchwork quilt effect. Normally pastry is something I avoid as being too fiddly, but some of these pies are going to have to cross my lips and settle on the hips.

Cover of SlowI have become a bit of a cookbook stalker since working daily with library books. One I came across was Slow by Allyson Gofton. Most of the recipes I had never seen before and that’s always a huge drawcard. I’ve  been a bit wary of using the slow cooker for vege dishes, but the North African Vegetable & Lentil Stew, on page 279,  was a huge success and the eggplant held together beautifully.

Cover of Soup KitchenSmoked Haddock and Shrimp Chowder and/or Yellow Split Pea and Frankfurter Soup from Soup Kitchen have also taken my fancy. The latter sounds interesting, but could have some startling after effects. It’s one of Nigella “Who needs chocolate” Lawson’s contributions. Among the other contributors are Mr “Beep Beep” Ramsay, Jamie “Lips” Oliver, Rick “My Hero” Stein, and Hugh “Three Good Things” Fearnley-Whittingstall is the editor. It’s hard to go past soup and in my freezer there’s Tomato and Roast Capsicum Soup (blended with  a few Jalapeno peppers), waiting for suitable soup weather… and possibly the purchase of a fire extinguisher.

Cover of What's for Pudding?If there’s room, and it pays to leave some, What’s for Pudding? used to be the greeting we offered my poor mother as soon as we had finished the main meal. Two of my childhood faves, Bread and Butter Pudding, and Golden Syrup Steamed Pudding are represented in Alexa Johnston’s yummy book, but Gingerbread Upside Down Pudding or Apricot Betty sound even better.

Hungry now? What are your winter food favourites?  Much used cook books? Did you bring any family dishes from your homeland?

This leaves me feeling and probably looking like a Roly Poly Pudding!

3 thoughts on “It’s winter – let’s eat!

  1. Laraine 3 June 2014 / 1:43 pm

    One of my favourite soups is pea with ham, and we often have pease pudding, which these days I make in the Crockpot. I can’t say I’ve noticed any “startling side effects”. Same goes for mushy peas (made with marrowfat peas) which I think I enjoy even more than pease pudding, despite the fact that it contains only butter and salt (not egg and pepper as well). I also cook these in the Crockpot. One of my favourite winter foods is steamed puddings. To me the word “pudding” always conjures up a steamed one. Our favourite is ginger and treacle (made with treacle, not golden syrup, which just doesn’t have the right flavour). I’ve tried several recipes but still prefer the one where everything is dumped in a basin and beaten for about two minutes before being spooned over the treacle in the bottom of the pudding basin. Oh yum. I’m off to make one for dinner tonight. 🙂

  2. karenbccl 4 June 2014 / 1:13 pm

    Love the slow cooker method of producing food – will have to keep an eye open for this Alison Gofton book you mention.

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