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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Warming Winter Food

We had such a mild winter last year and it was looking as though this year was going to be the same... then the snow arrived. Or so we've been told... it seems to have snowed over almost the whole country except us! We had a few flakes, but nothing that's really settled. The main problem has been the horrendous gale force winds, our poor greenhouse has taken a real bashing!

It is feeling chilly though and it's nice to come home to something warming after being out in the cold.

Last night we finished what was left from the stew from the night before. Lots of hearty vegetables and I made some dumplings to help make it go a bit further on a second day.

This is my beautiful new pot that I treated myself to before Christmas. I find myself just looking at it and feeling happy, can you tell how much I love it!

No dumplings for me as I'm not very keen, but hubby enjoyed them. The pictures aren't their best due to the steam coming from the pot!

Today was a leftovers day too, one of our favourites. I had some gammon left from earlier in the week and it needed using. Chopped it up and popped it in a dish with some leeks and potatoes.

Then I made a basic white sauce (flour, butter and milk) and added some ground black pepper and a little mature cheese. I'm trying to use pepper as often as I can, I do like it, but have heard it's good for high blood pressure... anything that helps!

After pouring the sauce over the dish making sure all the contents are covered, I brushed some beaten egg around the rim and covered the dish with pastry. Good covering of egg to help crisp up, over the top and a couple of slits to let the steam escape.

About 20 minutes in the oven.

It was delicious with some peas and mash.

Warm tummies to fight off the wintery cold outside.

Take care


  1. I love stew and find it better the next day, your pie looks yummy, keep warmxx

  2. Looks delicious! But what is gammon?

  3. It was rather yummy. I think you would just call it ham x

  4. It's so good to be able to use up left over food, one of the challenges I enjoy in the kitchen.
    Anne xx

  5. I think I need to fly over from Texas to taste some of your delicious food!! YUM! I wish I could cook like you!
    On another note, I have had several friends talk about the wind that you have gotten, seems no one has been safe from it! Stay warm!
    I hope you're having a great weekend,
    Tammy x

  6. Both of those look delicious and just the kind of food you want to eat when it's cold. Having spent the last year photographing meals for my cookery book challenge, I can appreciate the steam problem! Beautiful pot - things like that make me happy too. x

  7. Perfect winter comfort food! Jx

  8. It's certainly been a bit nippy......I'm into the soups at the moment, keep warm :) xxx

  9. Just the right sort of things to be munching on right now! xx


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