Win £750 to spend at the Co-operative electrical with your winter warmer recipe.

I am privileged to be a judge for the most wonderful competition. Take a look here.

It is such an easy competition to enter all you have to do is write a blog post about your favourite winter warmer recipe and mention the competition in your post. Then simply email with a link to your blog. There is also a runner up prize of £250

Just think what you could buy…a TV perhaps? washing machine or maybe  a computer. What a fabulous prize this is!

My co- judges Cass from Frugal Family and Jac from Tinned Tomatoes and I cannot wait to see your winter warmer recipes. You have until

Friday 21st February to enter.

Here is my favourite winter warmer recipe.

Mini Pear and Apple Pies

I packet shortcrust pastry mix ( or make your own!)

Whatever fruit you have…. I had 3 pears and 2 apples which made 8 mini pies.


Peeled  fruit and put in a saucepan with half a mug of water to gently stew. When thorough softened add two large tbsp sugar to sweeten.

Make up pastry as directed

Pre-heat the oven to 180 

Roll out the pastry to about half a cm thick (5mm).

Cut out circles to fit muffin tray and place them in the wells of the tray.

Fill each one to the top or just above with the apples and then roll the pastry to make the tops and pop them on .

Glaze them with milk and stab the tops once with a knife. 

Cook for 15-25 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle sugar on top

These are lovely warm with icecream.

Hope you like my winter warmer recipe. Why not blog yours and enter this fab competition.



Delighted to announce the winners of this wonderful compaetion


Chickpea Curry from Mess Makes Food

Runner up:

Plum Crumble My Golden Pear

Huge well done to them both. I urge you to go and take a look …….

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  1. Paula Hambly
    January 15, 2014 / 11:52 am

    My winter warmer is really very simple! Tomato soup,put a decent portion if grated cheese on top then to accompany it fresh doorstop size bread with lashings of butter

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  3. clare kendrick
    January 15, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    It has to be hearty and stodgy food for warming up in winter. A favourite recipe of mine is butternut squash, sage and chorizo rissotto, with an ample splash of white wine to warm the cockles. Should be eaten snuggled up in a blanket whilst watching a romantic classic on a whopping great big t.v. brought with my winnings from the competition!

  4. Andy Caldwell
    January 15, 2014 / 5:45 pm

    Spicy home made leek and potato soup with crusty bread

  5. joanne darnell
    January 15, 2014 / 6:13 pm

    cauliflower cheese with a pinch of chilli

  6. Claire D
    January 15, 2014 / 6:57 pm

    You cant beat Beef hotpot and bread and butter

  7. Eva Vida
    January 15, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    My winter warmer recipe is Hungarian goulash soup served with fresh bread.Always great for the winter

  8. Guy
    January 15, 2014 / 7:46 pm

    Can’t beat ‘sunshine beans’ to put a smile on the kiddies faces: cut toast into ‘soldiers’ and place around edge of plate, spoon the beans in the middle… For a special touch intersperse the toast with sticks of cheese… Then did in and enjoy…

  9. Stuart bates
    January 15, 2014 / 8:39 pm

    My favourite thing about this time of year is a rather naughty hot Bloody Mary Soup to keep out those winter chills….all the goodness of oven roasted tomatoes brought over to the dark side with a little vodka, sherry and tobasco!!! There are a couple of secret ingredients that I have left out just as my mum always does when she passes on one of her recipes….took me years to work out why her version of a dish always tasted just that little bit better…

  10. Zoe Roxby
    January 15, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    My winter warmer is a Yorkshire pudding with lightly fried sliced banana in the middle and then a little hot fudge sauce drizzled over it all. Mmmm! naughty but nice

  11. January 15, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    Fry some chopped onion, add some chopped chicken liver and onion. Add cream and simmer. Serve
    On buttered toast. A cheap filling and vary easy to make winter warmer.

  12. George Robertson
    January 15, 2014 / 11:04 pm

    Cant beat a great Scotch Broth, served with your own freshly made bread. Washed down with large mug of tea.

  13. Emma Fergusom
    January 16, 2014 / 10:28 am

    My winter warmer is homemade chilli con carne. Tastes fab with rice, sour cream and a sprinkle of cheese. Very warming and feeling,

  14. nicola hardman
    January 16, 2014 / 12:01 pm

    tomato soup with hot buttered toast – yum

  15. Amelia Avossa
    January 16, 2014 / 12:58 pm

    Beef Stew & Dumplings 🙂

  16. January 16, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    My favourite is yellow lentil spicy soup with fried Lebanese bread yummmmmmy n it makes u feel warm in an instance

  17. judy kennedy
    January 16, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    Pepperonata with eggs
    Fry onions red, yellow, green peppers until soft, add tin of tomatoes cook until creamy, add a tbs of harissa paste if you like it hot. Fry an egg throw it on top of the pepperonata with a blob of yoghurt & eat with chunky bread. You can also freeze it. It is quick , cheap, delicious & you can eat it any time of the day.

  18. fiona mcbride
    January 17, 2014 / 9:06 pm

    my favourite is apple, pear and date crumble made with fresh ripe fruit, and some non concentrated apple juice. crumble topping, porridge oats, spelt flour, coconut oil and xylitol or honey. Served with soya ice cream or warm soya custard. Nice but not naughty

  19. Laura Oxley
    January 18, 2014 / 1:45 pm

    My favourite winter warmer recipe is a good old Corned beef hash 🙂

  20. Elodie Ladlow
    January 18, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    macroni cheese with extra cheese on top on top and browned under the grill. yum!

  21. caroline pawson
    January 18, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    has to be a classic british beef stew and dumplings for me

  22. Alexandra Maniatis
    January 18, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    A nice, spicy veggie chili.

    2 cans chopped tomatoes
    1 onion
    1 green pepper
    1 can kidney beans
    1 can or tube of tomato puree
    1 red pepper
    garlic (either fresh or dried)
    chili power
    ground coriander
    1 green chili
    red pepper flakes
    If desired, you can throw in some veggie mince

    If using veggie mince, stir fry it along with the vegetables, green chili and fresh garlic. I love tons of garlic, so I will use 8 cloves. Once softened, lower the heat and add the chopped tomatoes and spices to your taste. I did not put down amounts as some people like it more spicy and others less so. Add beans, but make sure you drain and rinse first.

    Cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. You can eat this with bread, rice or pasta. I sometimes crush up tortilla chips and serve it on top with some cheese.

    There is nothing like a good, spicy dish to warm up your insides.

  23. Wayne Buck
    January 19, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    For me my Winter warmer has got to be homemade stew with warm crusty bread yum !

  24. jayne hall
    January 20, 2014 / 10:34 am

    jacket potatoes and cheese

  25. nic day
    January 22, 2014 / 9:30 pm

    Home made parsnip soup with garum masla and chilli, it sure warms the back of your throat and leaves you with a lovely warm glow 🙂

  26. dave sexton
    January 25, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    my grandkids favorite, homemade chicken curry with two spicy rice side ,dishes.

  27. tracey huber
    January 28, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    a nice thick stew with pearl barley in cooked in the slow cooker

  28. jude dysart
    February 1, 2014 / 12:20 am

    Homemade veggie soup with fresh crusty bread!

  29. debbie godbolt
    February 2, 2014 / 2:32 am

    i throw chicken livers, bacon, swede, parsnips, potato, carrot, onions, aubergine parsley, basil, and a tin of tomatos in a pot with half pint of water with stock cube added and put in the over an hour
    the herbs are from my window sill so cheap and it tastes fab even the kids like it as the chicken livers arnt too strong 🙂

  30. arthur humphreys
    February 2, 2014 / 6:09 am
    Cottage pie(paprika twist) –
    500g beef mince
    100g carrots, 100g frozen peas
    500g potatoes
    20g cheese
    1 onion
    1 beef stock cube
    tsp paprika

    Basic cottage pie with a paprika kick. This will warm you up.

  31. Andrew McGonnell
    February 2, 2014 / 7:39 am
    Panacalty. Pack of sausage, bacon, corned beef
    all cut into pieces. Add 4 potatoes sliced and one chopped onion and cover with beef stock. Cook in slow oven or on hob. Serve with crusty bread and butter.

  32. David Gould
    February 2, 2014 / 8:18 am

    Has to be beef stew and dumplings just as my mother used to make!

  33. andrea clowes
    February 2, 2014 / 9:48 am

    tomato soup

  34. Eleanor Hall
    February 2, 2014 / 10:23 am

    Tomato soup with some chips added and a side plate of garlic bread

  35. Mrs A. Shaw
    February 2, 2014 / 11:21 am

    Cinnamon Toast is a comforting and warming way to change toast in the winter!

    75g softened butter
    2tsp ground cinnamon
    2tsp caster sugar
    4 slices of bread

    Place the softened butter in a bowl. Beat with a spoon until soft and creamy, then mix in the cinnamon and sugar.
    Toast the bread and spread with the mixture. Sprinkle the top with a bit more sugar.

  36. February 2, 2014 / 11:32 am

    My favourite winter warmer: This brings back lovely childhood memories from my mother’s cooking. She is 90 years old, still eats it and going strong.
    LIVER and BACON, served with vegetables, potatoes and gravy.
    Yes you saw it, liver, there that word where I hear many people say “Yuk how could you?”, ” Organs eugh!”
    Liver is a great tasty cheap meal with nutritional benefits you should try it!
    Pork liver I find is the toughest and best cooked slowly, lamb liver quick to cook and tender, beef is in the middle can be either fried or baked. All have their own strong flavours.
    The best way for the liver is first to coat it with seasoned flour, I usually put in with the flour, garlic granules, mixed herbs, crushed beef stock cube, black pepper. You can add chilli, or barbeque mix seasoning, or extra salt, if you like.
    Oh no not touch it as well!
    Use a clean bag put the seasoned flour inside and the liver and roll around until covered, there problem solved.
    Now the bacon, your choice of bacon to buy, about four rashers, just chop, cut, into small pieces and fry in the pan, add an onion, chopped, if you have a few mushrooms to spare put that in as well.
    You can fry or slow cook, or casserole, or pressure cook, choice is yours still taste great either way. The only thing with frying it absorbs a lot of oil, so may cook quicker and gives a crisp outer coating, but not healthy. Fry on medium heat until meat has run clear from blood.
    I am a busy mum so I tend to use the slow cooker, put the lightly fried onions, bacon, mushrooms in the slow pot, place the seasoned liver on top, put hot water to cover at level, switch on and hey presto forget about it. Well check on it after 4 hours on low, casserole takes 1hour, 30 minutes on 170 centigrade.
    Pressure cook, bring up to high pressure, switch off ring, let it cool on own for twenty minutes. If still under pressure after 20 minutes, place in cold water to cool down.
    Use the stock and thicken with gravy granules or corn flour according to taste, some like it ultra salty I don’t, your health your choice. What with the bacon and stock cube that is enough for me.
    Please remember cooking times are variable and you must make sure that the liver is thoroughly cooked , there should be no redness in the middle
    If you do manage to read to the end of this, I suggest you give yourself a pat on the back, a well done, make a cuppa and say to yourself; perhaps I will give this meal a go!
    Good luck, enjoy, and thanks for letting me blog for the competition of

  37. February 2, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    Welsh Cawl. lamb and leeks with crusty bread.

  38. David Haig
    February 2, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    Pure and simply you just cannot beat a nice hot Chicken curry, on Pilaut rice to keep you warm….oh and washed down with a nice cold beer too!!! competition

  39. Louise Barton
    February 2, 2014 / 12:19 pm

    Sausage Cobbler

    Really warming winter food that doesn’t break the bank
    Thanks, for the opportunity to win! competition,
    8 good-sized sausages
    2 medium onions, peeled and sliced
    2 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
    1 level tbsp plain flour
    150ml (¼ pint) cider
    300ml (½ pint) hot chicken stock
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    For the topping:
    250g (8oz) self-raising flour
    Pinch of salt
    1 level tsp dried sage
    45g (1½oz) butter 150ml (¼ pint) milk
    1.25 litre (2 pint) pie dish
    6.5cm (2½in) plain cutter

    Fry the sausages in a frying pan over a very low heat for 15 mins until they are golden brown. Use a draining spoon to put them into the dish, drain off almost all the fat.
    Set the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
    Add the onion and carrot the pan and fry over a low heat for about 10 mins until softened.
    Stir in flour and mix well. Take pan off heat and gradually blend in the cider and stock. Put pan back on the heat, stirring all time, to make a sauce. Check the seasoning and pour the sauce over the sausages.
    To make the topping: Mix the flour, salt and sage in a bowl. Rub in the butter, then mix in enough milk to make a fairly soft dough and turn it out on to a lightly floured work surface.
    Roll the dough out to just under 1.5cm (½in) thick and cut out 8 scones with the cutter. Place them on top of sausage mixture and bake for 30 mins until the scones are golden and well-risen.

  40. Sally Lloyd-Jones
    February 2, 2014 / 12:30 pm

    My favourite is Chicken and rice soup with seeded granary bread!

  41. Roger
    February 2, 2014 / 12:31 pm

    Use a pot of noodles add hot water, put in microwave from four two minutes, stir, then add some soy sauce.

  42. Julie Hemmings
    February 2, 2014 / 1:52 pm

    I love our Sausage, Bean and Mash Pie. Veggie sausages and baked beans (some onions and mushrooms if I feel like it) all topped with mashed potato and a layer of cheddar cheese. It is such an easy warming supper and everyone loves it.

  43. Annabel Greaves
    February 2, 2014 / 3:28 pm

    I love a nice warm tomato soup with some delicious crusty bread to go with it to warm me up xx

  44. susan gough
    February 2, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    Mashed potato, onion, cheese and ham all mixed together and baked in the oven with some more cheese on the top. It’s lovely

  45. Chris smith
    February 2, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    I love a spicy soup like Moroccan chicken and chickpea soup, served with fresh warm crusty bread roll with melting butter and the smile of the one you love ??????????. Don’t forget

  46. Catherine Mcblain
    February 2, 2014 / 4:19 pm

    My favourite is soup made with any veg. at all that you have.
    Cut into chunks and put in a pan with 2 chicken stock cubes . Cook for half an hour then zap with liquidiser.
    delicious way to get the kids to eat veg.

  47. Shaun
    February 2, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    Home made vegetable soup with a home baked loaf still warm from the oven. Nothing better to banish chills

  48. Pamela Savage
    February 2, 2014 / 4:38 pm

    My family loves hot pot made with lamb neck end chops and lots of potatoes to make a crispy potato top. It really warms you up.

  49. Phil Boyle
    February 2, 2014 / 4:43 pm

    One tin of Mulligatawny soup & add tobacco sauce , finely chopped red onion , carrot & simmer for 30 minutes. Enjoy with hot Garlic bread . Delicious.

  50. Rachel Fisher
    February 2, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    My favourite winter warmer is curry in a giant yorkshire pudding!

  51. Keira Dempsey
    February 2, 2014 / 5:15 pm

    Sausages with winter veg mash:
    Grill the sausages for 10-12 mins, turning frequently. Meanwhile, peel and roughly chop parsnips and potatoes, then cook in boiling salted water for about 10 mins. Shred sprouts, add to the pan for the last 2-3 mins and cook until all the vegetables are tender.
    Drain and mash the vegetables, then beat in the milk and mustard with salt and pepper. Serve with the sausages.

  52. ryan
    February 2, 2014 / 5:39 pm

    tomato soup and buttered sliced baguette yum

    February 2, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    I love an lamb stew done in the slow cooker, simply put sliced potatoes at the bottom, followed by other sliced/cubed winter veg, we enjoy carrot, swede, parsnip, and onion. Then place small pieces of lamb on top – we also add some lambs liver too. Add gravy stock to the top of the meat and cook on low for 7 or 8 hours. If you are out at work, you’ll come home to wonderful meal. competition

  54. Nina Brown
    February 2, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    My winter warmer is a slow cooker casserole:
    In the morning before work, I fill my slow cooker basically with anything in my fridge eg; meatballs, chorizo, cabbage, onions, carrots, tin of chopped tomatoes, red pepper, pimento (what a difference pimento makes) hot stock – chop the veg quite small as it takes the longest to cook, top with some thinly sliced potatoes. Put the lid on, I have to have my setting on high. When I come back from work, after a cold journey on the bus, it feels heaven, nothing to do but sit, relax and warm up eating my dinner. Maybe if I am not the lucky one you could get as part of your prize a slow cooker with the

  55. Richard Bevan
    February 2, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    I like home made pumpkin soup with chillies. Lovely taste and warming.

  56. Lin Young
    February 2, 2014 / 6:17 pm

    chicken curry with veggie side dish

    flavoursome and warming

  57. Colin Gault
    February 2, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    Has to be Leek and Potato soup 🙂

  58. Liz
    February 2, 2014 / 10:05 pm

    Pasta with Mascarpone and tomato sauce, sprinkled with parmesan.

  59. Yasmin Matin
    February 2, 2014 / 10:57 pm

    A nice hot lamb curry !

  60. Piotr Lipski
    February 3, 2014 / 10:28 am

    Viking’s winter warmer recipe. 8 pieces of garlic on 2 lemons in 500ml of cold water. Minced the garlic, squeez the lemons and chuck it into 500 ml of water. Put on side into the warm dark place for 24 hours. Filter that juice and you can add the honey for better taste. Drink 50ml straight after waking up. You will feel the firestarter in your body. Viking were drinking it before the fight and war.

    February 3, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    A nice, spicy chicken curry

    2 cans chopped tomatoes
    1 onion
    1 green pepper
    1 can kidney beans
    1 can or tube of tomato puree
    1 red pepper
    garlic (either fresh or dried)
    chili power
    ground coriander
    3 green chili
    red pepper flakes
    chicken breasts

    Stir fry it along with the vegetables, green chili and fresh garlic. I love tons of garlic, so I will use 8 cloves. Once softened, lower the heat and add the chopped tomatoes and spices to your taste. I did not put down amounts as some people like it more spicy and others less so. Add beans, but make sure you drain and rinse first.

    Cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. You can eat this with bread, rice or pasta. I sometimes crush up tortilla chips and serve it on top with some cheese.

    There is nothing like a good, spicy dish to warm up your insides.

  62. shefs17
    February 3, 2014 / 3:09 pm

    fresh steamy hot pasta with 1 tin of mackerel mixed in, spring onions , tomatoes and a nice spicy tomato sauce, MMMM

  63. Linda Thorn
    February 5, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    its go to be chicken stew
    With dumplings too
    With a mix of vegetables
    Giving a crunch and a bite
    And smooth a sheer delight

  64. Alison Johnson
    February 6, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    I love vegetable stew (I’m a vegetarian) with lots of carrots, swede, turnips, parsnips, potatoes & a little onion & garlic for extra flavour. I do a separate dish of beef for my Hubby.

  65. Ms Joan Marshall
    February 9, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    Carrot and coriander soup Melt a knob butter and gently fry a chopped large onion until softened. Add a sliced stick of celery and about a 1lb of sliced carrots. Cook gently heat for 10 minutes. Add a pint of vegetable stock into the pan, boil, simmer until the carrots are tender. Blend the soup with a few choppedcoriander leaves until smooth. Swirl on some cream if you have some.

  66. philip hall
    February 10, 2014 / 8:14 am

    Pure and simply you just cannot beat a nice hot Chicken curry,on Pilaut rice to keep you warm….oh and washed down with a nice cold real beer too!

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