5 hearty meals for winter

Winter is so close you can feel it, literally. The days are getting shorter, the temperature is getting lower, the layers of clothes getting thicker, and the meals becoming heartier. Salads make way for soups, and a light lunch or dinner is a thing of the past.

Aside from the standard casseroles and soups, we thought we would list five of our favourite meals to have in winter, the kind you savour when you get home on a cold and blustery night.

#1 Fish Pie



A great twist on the traditional Meat or Shepherd’s pie, this fish pie has a delectably satisfying taste. Comprised of ready-made puff pastry, smoked salmon fillets and firm white fish, this stunningly beautiful meal will keep the chill out of your bones.


Ingredients – Serves 6

400g smoked salmon fillets, skin off (and pin-boned)

500g firm white fish such as ling, skin off and pin-boned

700ml full cream milk

1 leek, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 bay leaves

50g butter

3 tablespoons plain flour

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 lemon, rind only

½ cup dill (roughly 1 bunch), finely chopped

Salt and pepper

2 sheets ready-made puff pastry

#2 BBQ Chicken Panini Pizza





Sure, most pizza is made on either a pizza base, flatbread or Lebanese bread, however, we reckon sometimes it’s good to change it up and try something different. So instead of the traditional bread types, we recommend using some Bakers Maison Panini. With multigrain and rosemary panini, we can tailor the toppings to our tastebuds.


1 (or 2) Bakers Maison Panini loafs (Multigrain or Rosemary)

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon chili powder

salt + pepper to taste

2 chicken breasts, pounded to ½ inch thickness

½ cup each of two different barbecue sauces (I used a hickory flavour, and a sweet chipotle version)

1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese

¼ cup thinly sliced red onion

¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped


#3 One Pot Chicken, Mushroom and Tomato Stew





Let’s face it, when you trudge through the front door out of the rain and cold you just want to plunk yourself down on the lounge, turn on Netflix and eat something warm and comforting. Sadly, with a great meal comes a great lot of washing up, and after a hearty meal, no one wants that. And that’s the genius part of this dish, you only need one pot to cook all the ingredients. And with some toasted bread, you have a wonderful dish.


4 chicken thighs with bone in, fat trimmed

4 chicken drumsticks

4 tablespoons plain flour

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

150g thick bacon, diced

400g mixed mushrooms (e.g. button, shiitake, porcini, oyster)

2 x 400ml cans chopped tomatoes

1 cup white wine

3 garlic cloves, crushed, plus 2 extra whole

1 bunch oregano leaves

1 loaf of crusty Italian bread

1 bunch roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves

60g soft goat’s cheese

#4 Grilled Cheese Egg-in-a-Hole




The best thing about some winter food is the ability to prepare and cook it quickly, and our Grilled Cheese Egg-in-a-Hole (Toad-in-a-Hole in Australia) definitely fits the bill. With only three primary ingredients (bread, cheese and egg), and a cooking time of 15 minutes, this is perfect as a quick and simple tummy filler.



2 slices of Bakers Maison Sourdough Vienna Loaf

3 teaspoons (1 tablespoon total) softened unsalted butter, divided

1½ ounces sliced Monterey Jack cheese

1 large egg

Salt and freshly ground pepper

#5 Sticky Ginger Beer and Date Pudding with Salted Butterscotch Sauce




What better way to tie-off this list than with a desert. With a great twist on this classic desert, the ginger beer provides a delicious, yet subdued, spice to the pudding. Best served hot, swimming in salted butterscotch sauce and garnished with one or two dollops of ice cream for that great mix of hot and cold. Eventually your pudding will be drowning in a butterscotch and ice cream puddle, but that’s not a bad thing either.


200 g dried pitted dates

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/2 cup boiling water

125 g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla paste (concentrated vanilla paste, available from the baking aisle of supermarkets)

2 eggs

1 ½ cups self-raising flour, sifted

1 teaspoon ground ginger

250ml ginger beer

vanilla ice cream, to serve

Butterscotch sauce

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup golden syrup

200ml thickened cream

125g unsalted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla paste

1 teaspoon salt

So there you have it. Five deliciously heart dishes to get you through winter. Well, not last you all winter, that would be silly to think five dishes would get you through winter.

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