Autumn and Winter is the time of year when the rhythm of our days change and different interests are on our horizons. Dark and long Autumn and Winter days give us the opportunity to snuggle up, maybe catching up on TV programmes or getting lost in a book without feeling guilty. Outerwear mirrors the need to stay warm when we’re out and about and our thoughts turn to comfort cooking and those heart warming meals we can share with friends and family.
Inspired by the On Your Marks, Get Set, Cook at Purewell event I subscribed to Readly and regularly read the BBC Good Food Magazine. October’s issue was jam packed full of recipes for Autumn and Winter, making most of the seasonal produce that is available and focused on comfort cooking.
Readly is a magazine subscription service. Read magazines online or download and with 4765 titles, there is something for everyone!
The three meals I’m sharing with you today are all easy and great if you’re on a budget too.
With a prep time of 10 minutes and 20 minutes cooking time, this Beef Stroganoff can be on your table in no time at all. This recipe serves 4.
Instead of serving with rice, try pasta to give it that extra comfort food feel.
I used reduced fat crème fraîche for the sauce but you could also use natural yoghurt.
Pork and Pear Cassoulet
This one pot Pork and Pear Cassoulet takes longer to cook (50 minutes) and serves 4.
The original recipe has double cream for the sauce, however I left it out and it was still a delicious meal.
I was fortunate to be able to use pears from our own garden and I used Scrumpy Jack cider- yum!
For that comfort food hit, serve with crusty bread.
Chicken, Bacon and Potato Stew
This recipe for Chicken, Bacon and Potato Stew is cooked in a slow cooker and serves 6. Prep is a little longer at 20 minutes and cook time 4 – 6 hours.
There is more prep browning the chicken followed by the bacon and shallots but you might have this function on your slow cooker. The wine gives it that added zing.
The blessing of using a slow cooker is two-fold; you can get it ready and carry on with your plans knowing that you have a delicious meal to come home to and the meat – it’s so tender! This recipe uses bone-in chicken thighs and the meat just falls away from the bone.
Serve with vegetables on the side or on its own – whatever your preference.
If you try these, I would be interested to know how you get on.
Do you have favourite meals for different seasons?
My guilty pleasure for Autumn is a jacket potato with lashings of butter, cheese and baked beans.