Winter brings out the grizzly bear in me – all I want to do is stay indoors by the fire in comfy sweats and ugg boots, reading a good book or watching my latest Netflix obsession. I know I’m not the only one either: people generally become real homebodies in Winter, especially at night. Why go out in the cold and wet when you could be warm and dry at home?
So Winter is a time when people often do a lot more cooking at home than usual. And if you’re like me, you’re craving warming, hearty and substantial food. So here’s a round up of 5 of my favourite Winter recipes using almonds.
Tofu, Soy Bean and Cabbage Stir Fry
This is my version of Adelaide’s famous BBC (Beancurd, Broad Beans and preserved Cabbage) available in a number of Gouger Street restaurants. If you love hot and spicy food, you’re going to love this one. Serve it with plain steamed rice for a hearty and filling meal.
Cook this delicious vegan Tofu, Soy Bean and Cabbage Stir Fry
Almond and Parmasen Crusted Fish with Beans and Mash
Is there anything more comforting than a huge bowl of buttery mash during Winter? While sausages and mash are a classic English dish for good reason sometimes I like to mix things up by cooking sweet potato mash with fish.
Dazzle fellow diners with this healthy but hearty Almond and Parmesan Crusted Fish, Sweet Potato Mash and Beans.
Beef, Broccolini and Almond Stir Fry
For a quick and easy after work dinner, you really can’t go past a speedy stir fry. If you marinade the meat in the morning before you leave for work then all you have to do when you get home is chuck some rice in a rice steamer (if you haven’t got one go out and buy one immediately – it will change your life) and spend a few minutes tossing some ingredients around a wok or fry pan. You can totally do that, right?
Boost your energy with this nutritious Beef, Broccolini and Almond Stir Fry.
Chocolate Almond Guinness Cake (Beer and Nuts)
I love drinking dark ale in Winter – it reminds me of a Winter when I was working in Leeds, Yorkshire. I nearly froze to death but on the upside, it was also where I first ate Yorkshire pudding, rhubarb crumble and a deep-fried Mars Bar. So I think I came out on top.
Bake this naughty but nice Chocolate and Almond Guinness Cake (Beer and Nuts)
Berry Almond Crumble
I’ve never met a crumble I didn’t like. The combination of gently baked fruit, crunchy crumble and smooth vanilla ice cream is one that never gets old, no matter how many I eat. And I could happily eat crumble every day in Winter.
Win friends and influence people with this Berry Almond Crumble.
Enjoy these recipes and stay warm!