4 Cosy Winter Dishes

This week on the blog I wanted to share something light – hearted and fun. Cooking is one of my favourite hobbies and a tasty one at that! Since it’s the middle of winter and cold outside I thought I would share four cosy winter dishes that are among my favourites.

Beef and vegetable soup

This is my grandma’s recipe that she passed down to my Mum so I guess you could call it a family heirloom.

500gr lamb or beef

¾ cup barley


Cover with water


Put lid on and cook slowly for 2+ hours until meat is falling apart.



1 x medium onion grated

2 x large carrots grated

1 x medium parsnip grated

½ medium white turnip grated

Celery finely sliced (optional)

Beef stockcube/powder to taste

1.5 litres water

Salt and Pepper to taste



Remove meat and allow to cool. Pull meat apart then return to soup pot. Add all other ingredients and cook slowly on low heat until all ingredients are soft.


Other vegies such as grated potato or pumpkin or peas/corn/beans may all be added.


Italian Tomato Chicken

A family friend gave us this recipe after having it for dinner at their place. It has since become a sure favourite.


4 tsp garlic

2 apple-sized onions

1.5kg chicken


2 jars Dirella tomato sauce

1 x 410 can crushed tomatoes

1 tblsp Parsley

Basil to taste

2 tsp sugar




  • Heat oil in pan, add garlic and onion to pot.
  • Fry chicken drumsticks, add salt. Lightly brown chicken and add sauce, tomatoes, salt parsley, basil and sugar.
  • Simmer slightly, covered on very low heat for 3-4 hours until chicken falling apart. Great with pasta.


Now for dessert!


Sticky Date Pudding

This recipe for me tops the winter dessert charts.


Date Pudding

1 ½ C deseeded dried dates

1 ¼ C water

1 tsp baking soda

60g salted butter (chopped roughly)

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ¼ C self-raising flour

2/3 C brown sugar


Butterscotch Sauce

180g (3/4 C plus 2 tsp) brown sugar

300ml cream (35-40% fat)

25ml (1tbs plus 1 tsp) golden syrup

25g salted butter



Date Pudding

  • Preheat oven to 180°c
  • Place dates and water in a small saucepan over high heat.
  • When the mixture starts to boil, add the baking soda and butter, and remove from the heat.
  • Stir and then set aside for 25mins (the butter will melt during this time).
  • Grease a 20cm diameter round spring form pan and line the base and side with baking paper.
  • Place cooled mixture in a food processor and pulse a few times to form a chunky paste (or desired consistency).
  • Add eggs and vanilla to date mixture and pulse until just combined.
  • Stir flour and brown sugar together in a medium bowl. Use the back of the spoon to break up any lumps of brown sugar. Add date mixture to the flour mixture and gently fold the ingredients until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into prepared pan and cook for 50-60 mins or until it springs back when lightly pressed in the centre.
  • If when baking the pudding starts to overbrown, loosely cover it with foil.
  • Begin making the sauce about 10mins before the pudding has finished baking.
  • Leave pudding in the pan and allow to cool for 10 mins on a wire rack.
  • Using a skewer, pierce several deep holes in the pudding.
  • Pour roughly ½ a cup of hot butterscotch sauce over the pudding.
  • Allow to stand for 5mins before removing from the pan.
  • Serve pudding with hot sauce and vanilla ice-cream. Reheat the sauce if necessary.

The Sauce

  1. Place all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Stir mixture over medium to medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer for 5mins, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove sauce from heat and set aside until required.


Apple Crumble

I love the simplicity of this recipe that still delivers delicious results.


¾ cup self – raising flour

125gms butter

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup rolled oats

2 cans of fruit


  • Preheat oven to 180oC
  • Put flour, butter, sugar and rolled oats into food processor. Pulse till a crumble forms
  • Spread the cans of fruit out in the crumble dish
  • Sprinkle crumble evenly on the fruit
  • Cook in oven for 15 – 20 minutes


Proverbs 15:17 “Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.”

Even though it is cold outside may your home be warm with chatter and laughter as you gather around the table with your family and friends making happy winter memories.

Love to you,


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