During the winter months, we all want to eat warm and comforting food that helps us to fight off the cold weather. It is also important to eat meat during the winter period. This is because it contains a high amount of protein, which causes the greatest increase in heat production in the body. The scientific term for this is ‘specific dynamic action’, but in basic terms, it means that meat is the best food to consume if you want to keep warm. So let’s take a look at some of the best recipes for the cold months ahead…
Pot Au Feu
Pot Au Feu is a comforting dish. It is a type of broth that has a lot of flavor, which comes from the bouquet garni you need to add to the dish. You simply boil beef and a wealth of other ingredients in a pan, such as cabbage, turnip, onion, carrots, leeks, thyme, parsley and a bay leaf. The only thing you cook separately is peeled potatoes. Serve all together with a toasted baguette – delicious.
Salt and Pepper Roast Beef with Béarnaise Sauce
Next we have Salt and Pepper Roast Beef with Béarnaise Sauce. The first part of this dish involves combining the pepper and salt and coating the beef in it before you roast it. You can also use a sous vide for this. The second part of the dish is the sauce. Béarnaise sauce is popular and often served with beef. To make it you need to combine wine, vinegar, shallots and a tarragon sprig in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer the liquid until it is reduced. After this, strain the liquid and then blend with egg yolks and slowly pour melted butter into the mix at the same time. You’ll know the sauce is ready when it has thickened to a cream like consistency.
Spicy Slow Cooked Short Ribs with Lime & Basil
Lime and Basil adds a great twist to Slow Cooked Short Ribs. You will need to create the sauce to dip the short ribs into. You do this by combining lime marmalade, ginger, garlic, chilies, thyme, allspice, nutmeg, and onions. The best way to get the meat tender is to cook it slowly but surely.
Beef Daube Provencal
The final winter recipe is Beef Daube Provencal. This is a simple yet satisfying dish. Before you cook the meat, all you need to do is make sure you marinate it in the following mixture overnight – wine, onion, carrot, and celery. You’ll then want to keep the vegetables and reserved marinade and cook it alongside garlic, anchovy paste, orange zest, olives and bouquet garni.
So there you have it: four hearty and delicious recipes to keep you warm this winter. Enjoy!