We’re dive right into the month of winter at the minute. A lot of people assume that the winter months start a lot earlier than they do, especially if you live in a rather cold country. If you live in certain parts of the US, winter will have well and truly come with a chill. The UK is getting colder and colder by the day, with miserable rainy days creeping in. Or, you could be in Australia right now, and all of that wouldn’t have been relevant to you. If you are in Australia, you’re probably sipping a beer on the beach at the minute, enjoying the incredibly hot weather. But some of you might be thankful that the winter and colder months have come, especially if the summer heat doesn’t suit you. One thing we know is that the start of winter brings the start of a particular set of meals that people only seem to eat in the winter. Food source is not exactly scarce, because items can be sourced and shipped all over the world, providing fruits, vegetables, and everything else in no time. Then we have spring, and summer, and fall, and before we know it we’ll be back round to winter. So with winter just beginning, and the next year set to go just as fast as this one has, we’re going to run through some of the seasonal flavors and dishes to love next year. Keep on reading to find out more.
Winter is one of the best times of the year for food, we think. There are so many foods and meals that we seem to more eat in the winter. One of those simple foods is soup. Soup is one of those dishes that when done right, can be absolutely sensational. There’s so many different flavors to go for, some of which to better than others. One that we really love to try at this time of year is broccoli and Stilton soup. We understand this idea doesn’t suit everyone’s taste buds, but we have tons more for you to try. Broccoli and Stilton is one that’s super easy to make, but sometimes can be made so overpowering by the Stilton. So, we think it’s fine to do sort of a trial and error. If you do like the flavor of Stilton, start by putting a larger amount in. Mix with broccoli, salt and pepper, water, double cream, and anything else you might want to add into it. There are plenty of recipes on the internet for you to follow. There’s also butternut squash soup which is a firm winter favorite. The flavors and colors just ooze winter comforts.
There’s also meals that hold a lot more weight than soups do. A casserole is what we had in mind, and when cooked right, this dish is full of delicious flavor, tasty meats, and good nutrition. It’s truly a meal that warms your stomach, making you forget all of the cold outside the window. Again, they’re usually super easy to make. All you need is vegetables such as potatoes, onions, carrots, or other vegetables of your choice. Season with salt and pepper, add in water to a slow cooker and put the vegetables in. Then, add in a few stock cubes and some gravy granules, and cook in the slow cooker throughout the day. Add in dumplings if you wish to, and gravy granules or more stock if it needs more flavor and thickness. Serve with a thick piece of crusty bread or two, and you have yourself a cheap and easy meal that truly warns the soul.
Warm drinks are also essential at this time of year. One that everyone loves to start their day with is a coffee. These days it’s become a habit for many people in the morning or really any time of day. Coffee lovers don’t tend to expand their taste buds much, sticking to simple instant coffee. However, options such as the traditional macchiato hold so much flavor, and can even come in some many different flavors. Once you start experimenting with coffee, you become quickly hooked on the different varieties.
Spring is a time when the meals begin to get lighter and not as dull. All of the sudden we’re not trying to beef up and stay warm in the winter, we’re looking to slim down and cut out the extra calories. So spring brings more fresh tasting meals, especially as it’s a time where many fruits and vegetables begin to flourish again. Often dishes are involving meats such as chicken and salmon. There’s so many ways that you can cook chicken and salmon. They’re two of the most versatile meats to cook with, and it’s one of the reasons why you’ll always find chicken and salmon on every single menu. Salmon when cooked right is one of the more mild forms of fish to eat. It’s complemented well by being cooked with ingredients such as sweet chili sauce, garlic butter, lemon and sage. The list could go on in terms of combinations. However you cook it, it’s nicely combined with garlic and herb roast potatoes, and fresh vegetables. If you wanted to give the dish more of a summer vibe, you could pair it with a salmon. But summer is one we’re going to talk about next.
If you’re a vegetarian, then fish or salmon is going to be off the table for you. However, there are some incredible tofu recipes for you to try, or quorn if tofu isn’t your style. Quorn is probably easier to work with as it’s so popular at the minute even with people who still eat meat, simply because the flavor is so good. So there’s more quorn products than there are tofu. A nice dish is sticky teriyaki quorn pieces, with jasmine rice and roasted tenderstem broccoli. A super easy dish to make. All you have to do is begin cooking the quorn pieces. After around five minutes, put some water to boil for the rice. In a bowl, mix in some garlic and ginger which have both been brushed. Some honey and soy sauce. Brown sugar and cornstarch. And then some water. Mix together, making sure the mix is thicker rather than runny. Pour that into you pan with the quorn along with the broccoli. Cook for around another five to ten minutes, or until the broccoli is tender. Serve with rice and you’re done!