The mornings are tougher, the days shorter, and while coats and sweaters are nice in theory, carrying around the extra bulk and weight gets tiring very quickly. Really the only saving grace the bitter months from June to August have going for them is the oodles of comfort that make spending a night in so much more tempting.
Soups are great, casseroles too, with anything slow-cooked, braised, rich, creamy and cheesy a solid plus in our books. And there there are the desserts…
To ease us in to the harsh nights we hounded our favourite food bloggers for their best winter-warming dishes and we don’t mean to brag, but we’ve got a pretty great list.
Scroll below for 31 of our favourite dishes that have us dying for a night in. Netflix and glass of red optional.
1. Sweet Potato Gratin.
Layers of creamy, rich, flavourful, sweet potato-ey goodness await for you in this simple gratin recipe. Not great in the kitchen? Well the good news is that if you can chop a potato, mix together some herbs and drizzle in some thickened cream, you’ll very quickly master this recipe.
Find the full Sweet Potato Gratin recipe here.
2. Immune Boosting Sweet Potato Soup.
Give yourself extra insurance against cold and flu season with this anti-inflammatory (ginger), anti-microbial (garlic and leek) and beta-carotene (sweet potato) rich soup. The addition of chili also makes it warming and the coconut milk gives the dish a lovely sweet richness. Yum.