We asked our goodtoknow users to share some of their classic winter warmer food pics for the chance to win an amazing Russell Hobbs Creations Range. Here are all of our delicious and warming entries...
goodtoknow has teamed up with Russell Hobbs to bring you the goodtoknow Cooking Club. Every month we give you the chance to win a full Russell Hobbs Creations range including a Kitchen Machine, Mini Chopper, 3 in 1 Hand Blender and Food Processor. All you have to do to enter is send in your themed foodie pics. November’s theme was winter warmer food pictures.
There’s nothing better than a warming, hearty meal in these cold winter months. Winter warmers are a great way to get the family together around the dinner table, to shake off those winter blues and get everyone talking.
From cheesy cottage pie to comforting chicken stew, roast dinner to apple crumble, we received some amazing pictures from you – thank you for all of your brilliant entries. Every single one of them looks delicious and we wish we could have a taste of them all.
It was very hard deciding on our winner but we’ve managed to choose our fave. Come and have a browse through all of our tasty entries and see who was crowned this month’s star cook.
Make sure you keep an eye out for next month’s competition and you could be in with the chance of winning your very own Russell Hobbs Creations range. Next month’s theme is Christmas baking!
goodtoknow user Lorraine Vaughan says: ‘Here’s a photo of my favourite hotpot with dumplings – yum! Perfect to pop in the oven while we’re outside sweeping up the leaves and we can look forward to tucking in after we’ve finished and got cleaned up.’
We just love the look of this cheesy, steamy shepherd’s pie made by goodtoknow user Sue Matejtschuk.
goodtoknow user Dianne Stanford says ‘With food prices always on the increase, I’ve had to reinvent some family favourite meals. This one is given the name paupers pie in our house and is a big hit with all the family, is cheaper to make than cottage or shepherd’s pie and is much healthier too! It’s a great winter warmer and very filling.’
goodtoknow user Alison Bushell says ‘This is my homemade minestrone soup. It is jam packed with vegetables (leeks, courgette, cabbage, carrots, celery, green beans and tomatoes) which are obviously really good for you. It tastes amazing, is incredibly filling and relatively low in calories and fat so you can have a big bowl of it and not feel guilty or a little piggie!’
goodtoknow user Wendy Taylor says ‘I make extra roasties on a Sunday and use them on Monday in this super winter warmer – Wendy’s Roast Spud Bake!’
goodtoknow user Sandi Green says: ‘I made this winter warming stew and dumplings dish as it’s hearty, filling and economical. A perfect slow cooker dish which is so ideal for busy lives.’
goodtoknow user Angie Pickering says: ‘This is my Shepherd’s Pie that never fails to warm us up as I put chillies and Peppadew peppers in it! It’s so warm and comforting to come home to after a hard days work and so simple to make.’
goodtoknow user Sophia Kearney says: ‘My family winter warmer was a vegetable pasta bake. This is a Sunday evening favourite for my family for 5 reasons: 1. It’s a bit of guilty pleasure comfort food to look forward to when everyone has thoughts of work and school for the coming week. We can all sit down, watch X Factor and treasure the last of the weekend. 2. It uses up all the leftover veggies from the week’s meals and is really cost effective. 3. I enjoy making my own Parmesan garlic bread to go with it or a tasty lebanese salad. 4. It gives us all some of our 5-a-day whilst still feeling like a treat. 5. It’s just damn tasty!’
goodtoknow user Eleanor Aston says: ‘Here are my winter warmers. Firstly a shoulder of pork, which I chose to make as my beef always turns out like leather! And secondly a lasagne made with turkey mince instead of beef, as turkey is much kinder on the hips and means I can have more cheese! (plus my partner doesn’t notice the difference…)’
goodtoknow user Rose says: ‘We love a good old traditional Irish stew in our house but to make it even more filling and warming, I’ve added some shamrock shaped thyme cobblers to the top – they’re fab at soaking up all the gravy!’
goodtoknow user Victoria Norris says: ‘I made a chicken and leek pie with added LOVE for my family. It is warming, cosy and a good traditional British meal for all the family. It’s also a handy way of disguising veg so that my children can get their 5-a-day!’
goodtoknow user Juliet Larson says: ‘A cassoulet made in our wood-fired oven in the garden! The ingredients were so delicious and, as it was cooking, we kept warm out in the garden on a glorious autumn afternoon. The oven kept us warm and then the beautiful pot of duck and sausage with beans slow-cooked with herbs picked from the garden and a hint of treacle in the sauce – mmm…’
goodtoknow user Biana Carr says: ‘My little boy Billy eating his homemade cream of vegetable soup. Just the job to warm him up this winter!’
goodtoknow user Melissa Leung says: ‘One of my favourite desserts is apple crumble. It’s quick, simple and delicious with homemade custard. I also made toad in the hole as it’s exactly the kind of thing you want after getting home in the cold dark winter evenings. My number one winter classic is stew. It might take a while to cook, but it’s worth the wait. Finally my roast chicken which is one to have with all the family. It’s full of flavour and variety with roast potatoes, roasted honey parsnips, carrots and broccoli and gravy. Makes me think of Christmas with all the extra trimmings!’
We’re very impressed with goodtoknow user Natasha Cohen and her range of winter warmers. She made blueberry pie, beef bangers with swede and carrot puree, gingerbread cake and toffee apple crumble – wow!
We love this tasty pic from goodtoknow user A Casley who made a filling chicken pie, wedges and veggies.
goodtoknow user Isobelle Forde made this mouth-watering pot of spicy lentil soup. She says ‘I love lentils as they are cheap, filling and full of fibre and iron!’
goodtoknow user Helen Vass made this sweet apple pie. She says: ‘Served with hot custard – it’s delish!’
goodtoknow user Andrew Martin says: ‘I made this cinnamon swirl cake for a cake stall at work for Children In Need. Sold fast! It’s a moist cake, packed with cinnamon and smells amazing – perfect warmed and with a little hot custard too. It smells and tastes like a rich spiced Christmassy food – perfect for a cold winter’s evening.’
goodtoknow user Hanna Binder says: ‘I made this carved pumpkin for Halloween, then used cooked the flesh and blended with spices to make a thick comforting soup. Not forgetting the seeds; I roasted them with salt, pepper and chilli flakes. Tasty treats and no waste!’
Mmmm… tasty! goodtoknow user Ellie Bromilow says: ‘When it’s cold and wet, my family love it when the slow cooker goes on with a really tasty warming casserole inside.’
We love the look of this warming Vietnamese beef and noodle soup made by goodtoknow user Dorothee Savage.
This simple pizza was made by goodtoknow user Silvia Mariani who says ‘It’s easy, fun to make, cheap and healthy. Oh, the smell of baking is lovely! It’s also a great recipe for kids to make, and mine love to see how the food on top changes once it has been baked!’
goodtoknow user Lucy Hart made this tasty toad in the hole. She says ‘I love making this as it’s such a comforting meal. The eggs are from our chickens and at this time of year the rosemary is one of the only herbs still doing well in our garden, served with red onion (grown in the garden during the summer) and balsamic gravy and healthy greens! It’s a lovely meal reminding us of the things we can grow in the summer and enjoy in the winter!”
goodtoknow user Eldred Hicks made this buttery crumble to keep warm this winter.
goodtoknow user Rita Mistry says: ‘This is a picture of a spicy Indian biryani we made recently. It was made with basmati rice, peppers, garlic, chillies, saffron, cumin, coriander powder, chilli powder, chicken, prawns, onions and yogurt. We decided to make a huge family sized biryani to celebrate my sister’s birthday.’
We just love this warming porridge made by goodtoknow user Lisa Waugh. She says: ‘I made some breakfast in bed for my husband. Some oaty porridge to warm him up and to make it romantic popping candy in the shape of a heart.’
We’d love a slice of this gooey chocolate cake made by goodtoknow user Linda Young.
These tasty curried pastries are made by goodtoknow user Kate Johnston. She says: ‘I chose to make these as curry as they’re a great winter warmer with a kick. I also love making these as it was my Granddad’s recipe and he sadly passed away a few years ago, so making these reminds me of him and is a little winter heart warmer too.’
goodtoknow user Kellyjo Walters says: ‘This is my homemade Quorn mince and cobblers. It’s very quick and easy to make and more healthy using Quorn. A great meal to have in the winter.’
goodtoknow user Susie Chong made these tasty egg noodles with mushrooms and pork and hot seafood filled Tom Yam. She says: ‘I made these dishes because they’re food my family loves and also food I love to cook during this chilly time of year.’
goodtoknow user Susan Greig says: ‘You can’t beat some warming homemade soup for a winter’s day. Made with lentils, whatever vegetables or potatoes are handy and some ham stock, swirl of cream and of course some crusty bread to ‘dunk’ in. Delicious, filling, hearty meal enjoyed by all the family. Quick and easy to make.’
We’d love a slice of this apple pie crumble made by goodtoknow user Kelly Forbes. She says she made ‘using some left-over sweet pastry from a previous baking adventure, some apples which had gone a bit mealy and a few other bits and bobs from the cupboard.’
goodtoknow user Cate Sibley says: ‘The combination of beef braised in Guinness with Worcester sauce, tomato puree, a few green peppercorns thrown in for extra warmth, topped with cheesy scone dumplings is an easy one pot dish and just the comfort food the family needed, arriving home cold and hungry after watching our local team lose yet again at football!’
goodtoknow user Mandy Wan made this tasty, warming Moroccan meatballs with lemon and mint couscous, pine nuts and raisins. Mandy says: ‘I made this as it was a cold windy wet day so I thought this would warm us up and put some fire in our stomach.’
Wow! These winter warmer classics from goodtoknow user Sue Tyler look tasty. She says: ‘My stew was adapted from my nan’s recipe when I was growing up. I chose to make it as hubby said we hadn’t had stew for ages and he was feeling cold. The recipe for my lamb casserole was made up on the spur of the moment. We’d been shopping and bought diced lamb, leeks and carrots. And my chorizo and bean supper soup was inspired by Nigel Slater. I knew I had most of the ingredients already in the house so I made it the following day for supper.’
goodtoknow user Mark Askew made these tasty winter warmers for his competition entry – can we have a slice?
We love the look of this creamy risotto made by goodtoknow user Janet Dixon. Janet says: ‘My favourite winter warmer recipe is a meal that is very quick and easy to prepare and cook – chicken and mushroom risotto!’
goodtoknow user Claire Jordan made this tasty shepherd’s pie – it’s a family favourite!
goodtoknow user Karen Scammell says: ‘This is my nice warm pumpkin pie which I made from my first homegrown pumpkin.’
goodtoknow user Liz Denial says: ‘This is my vegetarian Lincolnshire sausage and Cheshire cheese potato and vegetable bake. Not only is it warming, it’s very tasty, healthy and great for both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.’
goodtoknow user Jane Oholleran says: ‘This is my caramel apple cake. Once it’s cooked, turn it upside down so the base is now the top. The caramel will run down the sides. Serve warm with ice cream – yum!’
Mmm… can we try some? goodtoknow user Beki Lacy‘s chicken and Parma ham pie with chicken stock, basil and fresh cream looks delicious. Beki says: ‘This is a pie that me and my friend Gemma made last week to try and cure the winter blues. We were so proud of it we had to put our initials on it!’
These sweet cinnamon rolls looks delicious! goodtoknow user Betty Taylor Gregg says: ‘I’m a Grandma now but when I eat these, I’m eight years old, sitting by the fire eating lovely warm, comforting chewy buns. They are even better warmed up next day or even microwaved straight out of the freezer.’
We’d love to grab a plate and join goodtoknow user Carla Morris. She says: ‘My children love this and the hubby is very happy to come home to all the trimmings. Honey-roasted parsnips, pigs in blankets, goose fat roasters and homemade Yorkshire puds. Mmmm perfect!’
goodtoknow user Anne H says: ‘My delicious lemon ricotta grilled sandwich, with raspberries and a raspberry sauce and lemon butter is quick, very yummy and pretty warming. And a easy fix to the winter blues.’
We’ve love a plate full of this sweet potato casserole made by goodtoknow Hannah Igoe. Hannah says: ‘We all love this little American treat with sweet potato on the bottom and marshmallows. It sounds a little strange but it’s delicious and a sweet little treat to warm us up this November. We picked this because it satisfies everyone’s tastes and that’s hard to do in our family.’
goodtoknow user James Moran says: ‘This is my chunky Thai vegetable soup. It’s a hearty and warming soup with a little chilli kick – perfect for cold winter evenings.’
We love the look of this spicy pear crumble made by goodtoknow Ann Williams who says this is a favourite in her household.
Mmm… this gooey, sticky toffee pudding made by goodtoknow user Marianne Hill looks delicious.
goodtoknow user Natalie-Louise Moore says: ‘This is my homemade chocolate fudge cake served with warm custard. It’s our family’s perfect winter warmer – a sticky sweet treat perfect with a cuppa after dinner. Myself and my children made this because it’s an old tried and tested family favourite!’
We want what goodtoknow user Andrew Crawford is having! Doesn’t that look delicious?
goodtoknow user Colette Mellor says: ‘I love to make my spicy veggie stew as it’s perfect for warming all the family on a winter’s evening. It’s really cheap and simple to make and is very filling so it goes a long way. It’s made up of mixed beans, veggies, spices and stock. I can add almost anything to the recipe to suit different tastes and, as it contains lots of vegetables, it’s healthy too. Spice up your winter!’
goodtoknow Lian McCulloch says: ‘This is my winter warming soup, made in my slow cooker. The kids love it and it’s so full of goodness. It makes me happy to know that my girls are getting so much goodness in one bowl!’
goodtoknow Rachel Medhurst made this warming lamb stew with dumplings – it looks very tasty!
Here’s goodtoknow user Melanie Crumpton with her tasty lamb tagine – very nice!
This tasty pie was made by goodtoknow user Laura Walker who says: ‘My family celebrated Bonfire Night with these steak and ale personalised pies – they went down a treat!’
Wow! We’d love a slice of goodtoknow user Joy Dehany‘s home-baked bread. Joy says: ‘I like to make bread as my winter warmer. The loaf above was made and plaited by me and I served it with home made butternut squash soup.’
goodtoknow user Amelia Avossa made this warm and delicious stew with dumplings as her fave winter warmer.
This meaty meatloaf made by goodtoknow user Lisa Charker looks like a good ‘un! Lisa says: ‘This is the meatloaf I serve to my family once a week during the winter months. I do homemade roast potatoes, veg and onion gravy to go with it. My family absolutely love this when they get home from work/school on a dark evening and I also love making it!’
goodtoknow user Amy Collinson says: ‘I made a butternut squash risotto with pancetta and crispy sage leaves. It was absolutely delicious and so warming on a cold winter’s night. I chose to make it because I love risotto but had never made one before so wanted to give it a go! The recipe is from the Jamie Oliver homecooker cookery book. I shared it with a friend and they couldn’t stop saying how nice it was. Will definitely be making it again soon!’
goodtoknow user Cynthia Philogene says: ‘I decided to prepare this dish for my family as it is the perfect winter warmer! It is immensely rich in flavour, comforting and fulfilling (and not to mention a family favourite!) What better way to bring the family together on a frosty winter’s evening than over a steaming hot plate of spaghetti Bolognese?’
Mmm… wish we could have a taste of goodtoknow user Sonya Fran Cisco‘s sausage casserole.
goodtoknow user Carol Phile says ‘I tried to cook a pizza but baked it blind for too long so this happened instead. I did do a successful pizza later.’
goodtoknow user Annabel Satin made this tasty looking veal with Roquefort sauce – good job!
goodtoknow user Heather Dilks says: ‘I love good hearty soups in the winter – they are so easy to make, good for you and very filling. This one is made with pearl barley, sweet potato and chestnuts – I cook the ingredients in the slow cooker and then liquidise three quarters of it, leaving some chunky so you feel like it’s a complete meal.’
goodtoknow user Keren Atkinson says: ‘I made this stew because it’s a lovely winter warmer.’
goodtoknow user Zelda Fenney made this tasty chicken and mackerel-filled jacket potato – very warming.
goodtoknow user S Waheed says: ‘My winter warmer is a cranberry cake. After buying fresh cranberries from the supermarket, I decided to make a cinnamon-spiced cranberry cake with a caramel base. My family love the flavours of this cake and I chose to make it as fresh cranberries are available this time of year and to get us all into the festive spirit.’
goodtoknow user Olivia Wright says: ‘This is my chicken, rice & peas! I make this a lot for my partner as he is half Jamaican and it’s his absolute favourite. I like to use scotch bonnet chillies in it to give it a real kick and warm us up in the winter!’
goodtoknow user Malcolm Tabberer says: ‘My favourite winter warmer is a Lancashire hotpot. The meat is cooked very slowly untill it’s very tender and the veg are soft, smothered in gravy. Topped with crisp topped potato slices to mop up all the gravy – delicious!’
goodtoknow user Lisa Charman says: ‘This is a pic of a cabbage that I grew on my allotment. I have enough veg to keep the whole family going throughout the winter. It warms my heart to grow and eat my own veg!’
goodtoknow user Carola Vorlop says ‘I just had to try your mulled wine cupcakes when I saw the recipe. Of course, with a nice glass of mulled wine!’ She also made pork chop in apple and onion cider sauce with potato mash and vegetables and a chocolate pudding in a cup.
These tasty pasta dishes look delicious. goodtoknow user L. Latifi says: ‘I have to make 2 as I have 5 grandchildren and they love it so much! It is pasta, homemade tomato pasta sauce with lots of garlic, Italian sausage and plenty of mozzarella. Cheap, simple but very delicious!’
goodtoknow user Ania Krusikiewicz says: ‘This is a picture of fish and corned beef stew I made few weeks ago after a day long trip to Greenwich. Me and my partner had a great day there but it was pretty chilly that afternoon and we both wanted something comforting and hot.’
We love the look of these healthy winter warmers from goodtoknow user Gina Provic.
goodtoknow user Simon Mann says: ‘I love spending time at the weekends cooking dishes for my family, as my wife works hard in the week to take care of us, so it’s my chance to take care of them! The winter time means you can really enjoy hearty dishes packed full of flavour and comfort.’