Use up your left over red wine to jazz up your hot chocolate over the festive season. This quick and easy mulled hot chocolate is the perfect way to warm up during the wintery months.
On a chilly winter’s eve what could be better than a steaming bowl of hot tomato soup and a big wedge of chunky bread?
How do you improve a fresh batch of brownies straight from the oven? Add sea salt and maple syrup of course! This recipe is really easy to make but looks impressive and delivers big flavours.
This recipe is inspired by an Italian dish that would usually use rolled loin. Pork cooked in milk is tender and succulent – this recipe is more about the meat than the crackling. For optimum crackling, cook for longer at the higher temperature before reducing.
This super simple, soul-warming autumnal cocktail is sure to impress your guests. Serve warm and decorate with cinnamon sticks for added festive flair.
Smothered in shawarma butter this recipe from Berber and Q in East London is packed full of seasonal flavours. It makes for a great vegetarian Christmas dish or, as it’s under 500 calories, a healthy winter warmer!
There’s nothing like proper roast beef, pink and juicy. Serve as a centrepiece and carve at the table for a real showstopper (listen out for the gasps as you carry the platter to the table). This mustard beef with a wine, beef stock and redcurrant jelly gravy is a great Sunday roast recipe, or one for entertaining during the festive season.
Get cosy on the sofa with a mug of this comforting, boozy hot chocolate recipe from Mr Lyan’s book Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan and Friends (£20, Lincoln).
Sunday lunch is easy with this heart-warming beef and Guinness stew. This one-pot results in meltingly tender meat – just a little prep and a long, slow cook for a deep, rich, weekend treat. Plus instructions on how to make this in a slow cooker.
Ramp up your Christmassy flavours with these gorgeously sticky apple, caramel and cinnamon buns.
This delicious, warming pie will give you something to look forward to while you’re travelling home from work in the darker winter months. If you’re a little short for time and want to skip cooking the ham hocks, some butchers and supermarkets sell them ready-cooked at the deli counter.
Warm your cockles from the inside out with this hot pepper jam. This recipe makes eight small jars, so make a batch and take to dinner parties or keep in the fridge for up to 2 months.
People can be very frightened of soufflé, particularly chocolate soufflé, but this easy to follow recipe will give you plenty of confidence to bake light, fluffy and chocolatey soufflés for friends and family. Don’t be surprised if they ask for seconds!
This take on a puff pastry pie is a smart vegetarian main course for a dinner party, or as a special family lunch. Layers of butternut squash mean that once cut open this French-style dish looks as good on the inside as it does on the outside with its decorative top. Serve with a green salad or seasonal veg.
Transport yourself to warmer climes with with this easy one-pot Persian lamb stew recipe. It’s perfect midweek comfort food.
Somewhere between a cake and a pud, this slump is a dense, rich almond and polenta cake. Serve warm with a generous dollop of crème fraîche.
Add a little heat to your classic cottage pie by topping it with horseradish mash. This is a great family meal for the winter months, and is freezable too!
This veggie wellington is packed with big, bold flavours and looks impressive but is still easy to make. This makes a great main for vegetarians at Christmas.
Lindt balls buried in the centre of this deeply chocolatey pud give little melted caramel hits, perfect for a festive dessert that’s easy but really impressive.
Put some fire in your belly with this low-fat lentil soup with a flavour-packed spicy kick.
A brilliant alternative to turkey, goose and lamb on Christmas Day. Or something for Boxing Day, if you’ve run out of meat by then! The aromas while cooking this ham are sensational; leave the kitchen door open so that everyone can enjoy it.
Banish the winter blues with this deliciously indulgent, grown-up chocolate and burnt butterscotch cake.
Ready in just under an hour, this easy recipe for one-pot Dijon chicken casserole with buttery herb dumplings will leave the family feeling full and content for the rest of the evening.
This recipe from Dan Doherty is a great quirky alternative to you usual Sunday roast. Dumplings make for a lighter alternative to your traditional roast potato and are a traditional Scottish Christmas-time staple.
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