It seems crazy to be writing about winter warming foods while I sit here in the middle of summer. But I know some of my readers on the other side of the world are shivering in their snow covered homes and some days, I wish I was there too!
Watching the Winter Olympics is helping with my imaginary snow days, but it’s still not cold enough for soup just yet.
I am really looking forward to those cold days again and the yummy comfort food that comes with it.
If you are freezing your fingers off on the other side of the world, enjoy this guest post from Schwartz:
The Ultimate in Comfort Foods
From hearty muffin-topped beef stew to warming leek and potato soup, there are a number of recipes perfectly tailored to those cold, dark nights. The beginning of the New Year is always a little dull so it’s the perfect time for comfort food. Coming home to a salad when the temperatures outside are plummeting isn’t the same as coming home to mouth-watering meal, fresh from the oven.
Something for all
If you’re cooking for a large family, curries, casseroles, homemade soups and Shepherd’s pies are all ideal options. If you make a big enough batch, you may even be able to live off the same taste-tantalising dish for the entire week. So why not visit the Schwartz website for more inspiration when it comes to creating a variety of flavoursome meals?
For the busy diner
Curried carrot soup is an ideal option for those wishing to warm their cockles the minute they walk through the door. If you’re organised, you can make a huge vat, which will most likely last you throughout the entire week. Once the mixture has cooled, simply pour it into several Tupperware containers and freeze each individual portion. Soups are also a great, cost-effective option for those looking for a lighter meal to warm them up on their lunch break at work.
A healthier alternative
The best thing about soup is that it doesn’t have to be overly creamy to be satisfying, yet it’s still a highly popular comfort food. The likes of white bean and kale, lentil and vegetable soups are all extremely flavoursome meals, but they’re still suited to those wishing to stick to a healthy eating plan.
Quick and easy curried carrot soup
All you need for this recipe is 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of curried powder (or seasoning of your choice), 1 onion (chopped), 1kg chopped carrots, 1 litre of vegetable stock and 500ml of water.
1. Begin by heating the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Sauté the onions until soft and then stir in the curry powder. Add the chopped carrots, ensuring they’re well coated in the mixture and pour in the vegetable stock. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
2. Place the soup mixture in a blender and purée until smooth. Return to the pan and add water until the soup reaches the desired consistency.