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As the cold weather creeps in particularly with the current freezing conditions in the UK, I bet you’re all looking for comfort from the cold, be that in the form of a hot water bottle or a nice hot cocoa.  Whilst winter is a time of short days, dark nights, and crisp frosty mornings it is also a time for open fires, mulled wine and Christmas parties… it's not all bad!  This article looks at some warmer winter meals that will keep you nice and cosy this winter.


However, if you're lucky enough to be migrating out the country this winter in search of sunnier climates to places like The Canary Islands or Australia where they often celebrate Christmas with a BBQ on the beach; you could try out these Sunny Great British Bake Off Recipes to reconnect you of with a sense of home and impress your new friends in whichever magical land of sunshine you find yourself in.  


So, assuming you're stuck with the freezing weather, let's take a look at a few meals to help pull you through the winter months.


1. BEEF BOURGUIGNON
This hearty beef stew combines tender chunks of beef braised in red wine amidst garlic, shallots, smoked bacon lardons, pearl onions and mushrooms resulting in a deliciously rich, warming, and indulgent beef stew - originating from France.


2. FRENCH ONION SOUP
This sweet and buttery soup that offers a hint of thyme and rosemary, served with a slice of crusty french toast, smothered in grilled cheddar cheese, is a warming rustic soup served in almost every mountainous region of France and Switzerland throughout the ski season.


3. PRAWNS IN GARLIC
This Spanish tapas dish is commonly associated with a summer trip abroad, however, these succulent, meaty prawns served sizzling in a terracotta dish, with copious amounts of extra virgin olive oil and chunks of garlic can be enjoyed any time of year - add a hot chilli pepper and it’s the perfect antidote to a winter cold.


4. HOT HONEY AND LEMON
Whilst technically, this is a drink more than a food, this simple drink of hot water, slices of lemon, and a dollop of honey is not just a warming hug in a mug; it’s an immune strengthening drink that will help you fight the flu and similar winter related bugs.


5. CORNED BEEF HASH
A traditional English meal that has gone out of fashion in recent years combines corned beef with mashed potatoes, cheese, and cherry tomatoes.  This incredibly simple meal is surprisingly tasty and very quick to prepare.


So, there we have five nuggets of inspiration that are a little different from the traditional Shepherd’s Pie and a glass of Mulled Wine. The core aspects of warming food seem to be quite heavily meat-focused, so if you’re a vegetarian you might feel somewhat out of luck - however, with the rising trend in both veganism and vegetarianism there are all sorts of meat substitutes, one of which being Quorn, that is known for being high in protein and low in saturated fat. You can make the majority of the dishes above, except for the garlic prawns, with Quorn as a meat alternative. Enjoy.



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