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Autumn Sausage Casserole

Whether we like it or not, it appears that summer is well and truly over (did it ever begin?). And as much hope as we’re all holding out for one last glorious Indian summer weekend, we might have to start accepting the inevitable.  Apart from the excuse to give your wardrobe a winter overhaul, the only other excuse to look forward to colder weather is the food. 
Say goodbye to salads and an enthusiastic hello to stews, soups and dumplings! Before you know it, it’ll be mince pie time.  But before we get too ahead of ourselves (mulled wine anyone?) here’s a quick and scrummy recipe for something that will warm your winter-dreading cockles:     
Serves 4  
6 sausages  
2 onions  
2 cloves of garlic  
1 can of chopped tomatoes  
1 can of butter beans  
3 bay leaves  
Splash of red wine and Worchester sauce   
Olive oil   
Method 
- Heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan and soften the onions and garlic. Turn the heat up slightly and then add the sausages, letting them brown all over. 
- Add the tomatoes, bay leaves, red wine and Worchester sauce to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes and then add the butter beans. 
- Cook for another 20 minutes (or for as longer if you need to paint your nails, chat on the phone, doll yourself up for a dinner date… Just don’t let the sauce cook dry).   
  
- Serve with some healthy greens or crusty bread.   
 Recipe By Yvonne Dickson  

Meatball Winter Warmer

Brrr. This weather has taken a turn for the worse – the temperature has dropped, the wind has picked up and the rain just keeps falling. At times like these you want nothing more to curl up in the evenings under a blanket, with a glass of (mulled) wine and some comfort food. 

Try out our meatballs recipe to warm you up…



Ingredients 
Makes 2
150/200g minced beef
1 tsp oregano
Healthy sprinkling of paprika
Healthy sprinkling of dry coriander leaves
Pinch of ground pepper
Pinch of salt
1 slice granary bread
1 egg yolk
1 ball of mozzerella
Knob of garlic butter
100g chopped tomatoes
Mixed dry herbs
2 multi-seeded rolls
Method
-       Make the breadcrumbs for the meatball by taking the slice of granary bread and rub it together so that crumbs form, make sure you have a mixing bowl to catch the falling crumbs
-       Cut two generous cubes from the ball of mozzarella ready to put inside the meatballs
-       Next combine the minced beef, breadcrumbs, oregano, paprika, dry coriander leaves, seasoning and combine together with the egg yolk
-       Once the mixture is held firmly together, take the mince mixture and roll into two large balls
-       Make a well (use your finger to push down in the centre of the minced ball) and place the cubed mozzarella in the centre – one cube per ball
-       Now roll into two full meatball shapes
-       Heat some oil in a frying pan – fry the meatballs on a low heat until browned on all sides
-       While the meatballs are cooking make the tomato sauce; place chopped tomatoes in a small saucepan and season, also add some herbs and the garlic butter (be as generous as you like)
-       Cook the tomato sauce until heated thoroughly and turn off the heat
-       When the meatballs are ready cut in half the fresh seeded roll and spoon the tomato sauce on the bread, then add the meatball (cut in half)
-       This is yummy for a winter lunch or snack – that melted mozzarella meatball in its garlic tomato sauce and fresh bread is just pure comfort heaven!

By Melodie Walter

Winter Warmer

After coming in cold from our celebrations on Bonfire Night, we thought of something we could eat as a comforting warm-up snack for us and our friends. This one is really easy to make and great for making big batches for cold-nosed guests. Check our first winter-warmer of the season!


Ingredients
3x Baking potato (medium)
1 red pepper
1 avocado
1 tub soft cream cheese
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp oregano
3 rashers bacon
Handful grated cheese 

Method
-       Pre heat oven to 190 C
-       Bake potatoes for hour and a half (or until soft)
-       Pre-make filling: chop pepper, avocado and mix with spices and bacon and the soft cream cheese
-       Scrape out potato from skin of the jackets and combine with the filling mixture
-       Grill the bacon rashers until they are nearly done
-       Chop and mix with the filling mixture and then put the filling back inside the jackets
-       When you are ready to have your winter warmers, simply place on tray with tin foil and put in the oven for twenty minutes (warm oven to 180 C)
-       Enjoy with a good ‘warming’ Indian beer!

By Melodie Walter

Winter Warmers


Brrr… the weather has turned so much colder in the last week or so and now our minds have turned to wrapping ourselves up in warm chunky knits and wooly scarves to keep out the cold.
Here are a few of our favourite knits…



Asos, £54.90

Topshop, £48.00

Zara, £29.99
Dorothy Perkins, £28.00


Asos, £29.00