Delicious recipes for the Winter Solstice

Image of hot chocolate on a board with cosy rugs depicting a cosy scene for winter

As the winter solstice approaches and the nights grow longer, our cravings for hearty, comforting meals intensify. There’s something incredibly satisfying about a warm, nourishing dish that makes you feel cozy from the inside out. At Bec’s Table, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite winter recipes that are perfect for this time of year. These dishes are delicious and bring a touch of culinary history and international flavours to your table. Let’s dive into these winter warmers!

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Chicken Fricassee

Casserole dish with chicken fricasse

Let’s start with a classic comfort food perfect for winter: Chicken Fricassee. This French favourite dish combines tender chicken pieces in a creamy, flavorful sauce. It’s the kind of meal that makes you feel like you’re wrapped in a warm blanket. Serve it over rice or with crusty French baguettes to soak up every last bit of that delicious sauce. The combination of creamy and savoury flavours makes this dish a must-try for those cold nights.

Beef Pie with Oyster and Porter

Beef and oyster pies on a tray

Oyster, you say? Absolutely! This Beef Pie with Oysters and Porter is a robust and flavourful dish that will warm you up. With gravy beef, porter, and oysters under a delicious pastry, it’s a celebration of bold flavours and comforting textures. Serve this pie with a glass of your favourite ale and enjoy the cozy vibes. Of course, you can leave the oysters out if you’re not a fan.

Cauliflower and Potato Mash

A bowl with potato and cauliflower mash

I tried Cauliflower mash but wasn’t a fan. Try our Cauliflower and Potato Mash, which is a delightful twist on the classic mashed potatoes. The cauliflower adds a lighter touch while maintaining the creamy texture we all love. It’s perfect for pairing with any hearty winter main course, and you can easily make it in your Thermomix. Plus, it’s a sneaky way to get more veggies into your diet without sacrificing flavour.

Osso Bucco

Osso Bucco and mash on a plate.

Nothing says comfort like a slow-cooked dish that’s been simmering away. Our Osso Bucco is bursting with flavour, featuring tender shanks in a rich tomato-based sauce. This Italian classic is perfect for those long, cold nights when you need something extra special to warm you up. Pair it with our Cauliflower and Potato Mash for a match made in winter heaven.

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherds pie in a pyrex dish with a portion removed showing the inside.

Our Shepherd’s Pie is made with juicy minced lamb and veggies, all topped with a fluffy potato crust, a classic comfort food that never fails to please. This dish is a go-to for warm, satisfying family dinners. Whether you make it in the Thermomix or prepare the components separately, it’s sure to become a winter staple in your home.

Decadent Winter Desserts – These are just a hug in a bowl

Lemon Self-Saucing Pudding

two bowls with a portion of lemon self saucing pudding with cream

The Lemon Self-Saucing Pudding is a delightful treat with a tangy and sweet flavour profile, perfect for winter. The magic happens in the oven, creating a soft, fluffy pudding with a luscious lemon sauce underneath. It’s easy to make and impress your family and friends with its comforting warmth. I say, serve it with homemade ice cream. We’re really enjoying the no-egg ice cream I developed for my Free eBook. If you have a Ninja Creamy and a Cookidoo account, I’ve also added it as a guided recipe. You can try it here; you won’t be sorry.

Sticky Date Pudding

single serve of sticky date pudding on a plate with caramel sauce and cream

A true winter classic, Sticky Date Pudding is always a hit. This dessert is moist and sweet and served with a decadent butterscotch sauce. It’s the ultimate comfort dessert, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth on a cold night. The combination of dates and butterscotch creates a rich and satisfying end to any meal.

Pear and Almond Crumble Cake

Close up of a slice of pear and almond cake

Our Pear and Almond Crumble Cake is a delicious, warming dessert combining tender pears with a crunchy almond crumble topping. The combination of fruit and nuts creates a delightful texture contrast, making this cake a perfect finish to your winter meal. Serve it warm with a dollop of cream or ice cream for extra indulgence.

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