Winter is a time for warming and comforting food,and there’s nothing better to add a touch of luxury to the dishes than a spot of red wine. It doesn’t matter whether your kids are eating as well, because the alcohol will have long evaporated before they get to tuck in. And there’s always a glass or two left over for when the kids are tucked up in bed and all you busy mums get to enjoy some down time with your feet up.
Cooking with wine adds a depth and luxurious taste to many different dishes and I’m about to share five fail-safe favourites.
One-pot 45 minute Coq au Vin
If you’ve got any foodie friends out there don’t let on that you made this dish in less than an hour. A truly authentic Coq au Vin should take at least four hours. The recipe can be found here and you’ll be pleased to learn it’s made in one pot so there’s very little washing up.
Red Wine Portobello Burgers
This recipe takes a little preparation as the wine is used for a marinade. For those winter days when the sun decides to shine and you’re longing to get out in the garden. Dust off the BBQ and enjoy those warming rays while you still can. There will be plenty of days when you’re all stuck inside so wrap up and enjoy.
Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
To make this delicious supper requires 1 bottle of full bodied red wine, but I’m pretty sure you can take a glass for yourself. Only a handful of ingredients are required and the recipe is the easiest to follow.
Everybody loves Shepherd’s Pie and this recipe takes it up just a notch or two with the addition of 1 cup of red wine. Because you’re only going to need one cup of wine you’d better make sure you’ve picked out a good one. You’ll get to finish the bottle. Finding a top quality wine isn’t the easiest of things to do especially if you’ve only got a corner shop to visit. A great place to find great wine deals is winesdirect as it compares most online merchants. Getting your favourite tipple delivered direct to your doorstep is a very efficient way to do it.
Winter Warming Gluehwein
Gluehwein is a German/Austrian winter warming holiday drink. Enjoy warm cup or two after a long hard day out in the cold. Not a recipe for the kids as the alcohol doesn’t evaporate and is warm so gets into your system very quickly. But once your little people have tripped off to bed you could pour yourself a Gluehwien and you will certainly find yourself relaxing.
For many of you, Winter is one of the longest and hardest seasons of the year. It doesn’t have to be that way as there are plenty of heart-warming and tasty dishes you can create that will bring a smile to all the families faces.