Winter Warming Yumminess!

The rain and darkness is certainly coming in thick and fast so this is the perfect time for tasty winter recipes!

Winter recipes, whats your favourite?

Let’s add a little spice to breakfast!

This is a big favourite with the kids and in our house it is the Daddy that makes the pancakes!

Now pancakes are not a big wow of a recipe and the one we use is a nice, easy and simple recipe. The extra yumminess comes when we chuck in those tasty winter spices!

This basic recipe has never failed us and the best thing is you don’t need to weigh anything, you simply mix it all up and fry off the pancakes in a medium heat pan with some coconut oil.

  • 1 Cup of plain flour
  • A cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • Spices and whatnot!
  • Serve with greek yoghurt, berries and nuts or a little melting of butter!

Make it any flavour you like!

The great thing about this pancake mix is you can add any flavour! So here is how we go from basic to winter warmer!

  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • a dash of vanilla essence

So that is breakfast! What about a winter warmer for the slow cooker?

So this winter warmer comes from my absolute love of the slow cooker. I never pre-fry anything. If it can not just get chucked on in then it is not going to fit with my slow cooker style!

I have only one exception and that is spices! I do dry fry my spice mixes before and often make then in bulk and store them (Top Tip – Langage farm yoghurt pots make the best spice storage jars).

This stew comes from and inspiration of flavours when I travelled to India combined with an amazing lunchtime at a local restaurant called Suphas! We had the most amazing array of absolutely delicious, mouth watering dishes from around the world, all made fresh. One in particular was a rich, hearty stew like dish, it had lots of depth and spice and peanuts! It was amazing and I have no idea what it was!

So came this stew! The spice mix is a tasty combo of some of the Indian spices I enjoyed whilst in Rishikesh and the hearty, stewi-ness comes from the inspiration of this rich Suphas peanut dish!

To make the spices mix

  • 4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds
  • Dry fry all on a gentle heat, stirring frequently until the colour changes slightly
  • Cool and store in a jar

To make the stew

  • 2 red onions
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 3 peppers – many colours
  • 1 cm of grated ginger
  • 2 diced garlic cloves
  • And whatever else you have! To be honest this stew is always so tasty with any veg that as long as the basics above are in the slow cooker I simply use whatever is in my fridge. These veggies are ones I have used in this stew and found to be super tasty!
  • Potatoes
  • Courgette
  • Aubergine – makes it creamy and yummy!
  • Mushrooms
  • Cauliflower – also a very tasty veg for this stew!
  • Sweetcorn
  • I imagine carrots would be OK to but I do not like carrots so they don’t tend to be in my recipes!
  • AND DON’T FORGET – chuck on a handful of peanuts just before you serve it up!

Chuck the veg in the slow cooker, add 3-4 tsp of your spice mix and 500g of diced beef. 2 cartons of chopped tomatoes and slow cook over night until you can not wait any longer to taste that deliciously smelling stew!

Both of these tasty winter recipes can also be found in the FitERin6 Transformation plan! Who said weight loss had to be boring right!

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