Food & Drink

Winter warmers for the whole family

The nights are getting colder. And what a better way to warm up than with comforting, hearty recipes to create for your next meal. If you’re on the lookout for recipe inspiration for a night in, we’ve listed some of our favourites that are easy to make (and the whole family will love). Think chunky soups, slow cooker mains and a rich dessert to round off the evening.
Warming and comforting, you can’t go wrong with a delicious soup on a cold winter’s night. The key to a great soup is to season it at every stage with salt and pepper. This creates well-seasoned layers in the soup. Another consideration is to use the correct stock according to the type of soup you’re creating. For example, a beef broth is ideal for pasta-based soups, while a fish stock is a perfect match for chowders. Finally, don’t boil the soup to a flavourless liquid. It should be brought up to boil nice and slow, then immediately turned right down to barely a simmer. For some inspiration, these recipe ideas from Coles are sure to be a winner.

For busy families, a slow cooker is a must-have in the kitchen. From casseroles, lasagne to pulled pork, the set and forget slow cooker will create a hearty meal that even the fussiest of eaters will love. To ensure your meal tastes delicious, make sure you select the right cut of meat. Fatty and tougher meats like lamb shanks and pork shoulders work really well in a slow cooker. However, leaner cuts like pork tenderloin run the risk of drying out. It’s also important not to overcrowd the cooker. For best results fill it between one-half and two thirds full.  And remember, it’s not necessary to stir – this can actually slow down the cooking process. We love these warming slow cooker recipes from Woolworths.
To round out a night in, finish off with a rich satisfying dessert. Whether it be an apple crumble, sticky date pudding or a soufflé, there’s something to try for every occasion. And to make it even more indulgent, drizzle in warm custard or add thick cream to the side. On the list of recipes to try are ALL these dessert ideas from Woolworths. The hardest part will be deciding what recipe to try first!