A fall in temperature calls for warming winter comfort food.

As the clocks go back this weekend and the days become shorter, these 5 tasty winter dishes will help to keep you warm through the long, cold nights.


Muffin-topped winter beef stew

This hearty English winter classic is given a twist by celebrity chef Lesley Waters, and provides a lighter alternative to suet dumplings.

Fry the braising steak, stir with tomato paste, wine, stock, carrots and parsnips.

Top with a sticky dough sprinkled with cheese.

Sweet potato and ginger soup

This is a healthy sweet potato soup recipe made with warming spices and a ginger kick.

Roast the sweet potato pieces and apple wedges until golden, and heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan, adding onion, ginger, coconut milk, stock and salt.

Serve with a swirl of yoghurt and a sprinkling of coriander.


Lamb tagine

Try this delicious one-pot dish from renowned chef and food writer Geoffrey Smeddle.

Fry the diced lamb and spice with salt and black pepper, and mix with fried onions, chilli, garlic, red pepper, tomatoes, apricots, raisins and wine.

Before serving, add the chickpeas and stir in the honey and herbs.

Fish pie

Prawns, haddock and cod make this rich and creamy fish pie recipe the perfect winter warmer.

Melt the butter, stir in flour to make a thick paste, and add wine, cream, anchovy essence, parsley and lemon juice.

Stir in the raw chunks of fish, top with mashed potato and bake for 30 minutes.


Mackerel toast with dill cabbage

One of acclaimed chef Nigel Slater’s self-described ‘quick fixes’, this healthy dish makes for a delightful lunchtime meal.

Skin the smoked mackerel, break it into small pieces, melt the butter and fold it into the mackerel.

Cook the cabbage, season with chopped dill and black pepper, and spread onto the toasted bread along with the buttered mackerel.


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