Hearty Winter Warmers To Share

Winter is a wonderful time to turn thoughts towards home and hearth – it’s also a great excuse to get to know the neighbours and enjoy a shared meal together.

Best of all, these dishes are all simple, one-pot meals which also saves on the washing up.

If you’re the outgoing type you might like to hold a pot luck dinner party in your apartment and invite the people next door (and that includes those living above and below you too.)

You can also make getting to know the neighbours a moveable feast by enjoying a progressive dinner part with each course served in a different unit – with the advantage of not having to go too far to get home.

We’ve collected a couple of our favourite recipes at SSKB.

Hearty chicken and vegetable soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 leek, halved, washed, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 large carrot, peeled, diced
2 sticks celery, diced
2 small zucchini, diced
1 swede or turnip, peeled, diced
1 1/4 cups dry soup mix
8 cups chicken stock
1 chicken breast (2 for a heartier meal)

  1. Add all the vegetables into a slow cooker along with the stock, put the chicken breast on top and keep the setting on auto and allow to cook during the day (about 8 hours).
  2. Just before serving, use tongs and a fork to shred the now cooked chicken breast. Stir through the soup thoroughly.
  3. When ready to serve, ladle the soup into warmed bowls.

Serves 6

Chocolate fudge pudding

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 teaspoons butter, softened
Pure icing sugar and double cream or ice-cream, to serve

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease an 8-cup capacity ovenproof bowl or pudding bowl.
  2. Sift flour and 2 tablespoons cocoa into prepared bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar. Add milk. Stir until well combined.
  3. Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cocoa in a small bowl. Sprinkle over surface of pudding. Gently pour boiling water over the back of a large metal spoon to cover surface of pudding. Dot with butter. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  4. Dust with icing sugar and serve with double cream or ice-cream.

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