Warm Winter Meal Ideas.

As we pass through winter, yummy soups, delicious pastas and superb bakes become the star of the show. Home cooked meals are the perfect way to finish any day! Whether you cook to live, or live to cook, these mouth-watering recipes are guaranteed to become your new best friend.

It may be lockdown, but your tastebuds can party and kiss the winter blues goodbye with this tasty
Thai Chicken Risotto

Start by preheating the oven to 180°C. Dice 500g skinless chicken thigh fillets. Heat 1 tbsp peanut oil in a large saucepan on the stove. Cook the chicken in batches over medium-high heat until browned. Set the chicken aside. Reduce heat to medium. In the saucepan fry 1 finely chopped onion, 1 red chilli (with seeds removed), 2 cloves garlic and 2 shredded kaffir limes with the stems removed, for 2-3 minutes. Add 1 ½ cups arborio rice and ¼ cup Thai red curry paste. Stir to coat the grains and cooker for a further 1 minute. Return the chicken to the saucepan, along with 2 cups chicken stock and ½ cup water. Bring to a simmer. Transfer to a flameproof casserole dish, and cover and cook in the oven for approximately 25 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from the oven and stir through 1 cup coconut cream, 2 tbsp fish sauce, and 200g chopped green beans. Cover again and stand for 10 minutes. Serve with fresh coriander, remaining kaffir lime leaves, and fried Asian shallots.

Warm Winter Meals

For a flavour bomb that’ll leave you wanting more, satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious
Sticky Date Pudding

Firstly, preheat your oven to 180°C and grease 6 large ramekins. Then place 250g pitted dates, 1 cup boiling water and 1 tsp bi carb soda into a medium bowl. Leave to soak for about 10 minutes. Mash the dates with a fork.

To make the batter, beat 6 tbsp unsalted butter with ¼ cup brown sugar in a large bowl. Once smooth, beat in 2 eggs until incorporated. Add 1 ¼ cups plain flour and 1 ½ tsp baking powder into the large bowl, mix with a wooden spoon. Lastly mix through the dates.

Pour the batter into prepared ramekins (only fill ⅔ the way up). Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Meanwhile, make a butterscotch sauce by placing 1 ¼ cups brown sugar, 1 ½ cups thickened cream, ½ tsp vanilla extract and 5 tbsp unsalted butter in a saucepan. Once the butter is melted, simmer for a further 2 minutes over medium heat. Only stir the sauce once before removing from the heat.

When the pudding is out of the oven but still hot, poke 10 holes through the surface. Spoon over 1 tbsp sauce per pudding. Leave to soak for another 10 minutes.

Serve and enjoy with remaining sauce and ice cream!

If you love your food but cooking isn’t your forte, don’t stress. Our fantastic team of carers can help you in the kitchen! After-Care can assist with meal preparation, domestic care, personal care and many other home care services. Contact After-Care today on 1300 464 663 to discuss your needs.