A comforting bowl of fragrant soup with softly poached fish. Photo / Eleanor Ozich

The Cosiest Meals For A Winter's Night

Keep it a simple – but delicious, and plentiful – affair with these special dishes

Poached Fish in Soup 
The velvety texture of tender, cannellini beans, are rather pleasing in this gentle soup. There’s also fresh, bright herbs, and softly poached pieces of fish in a light tomato broth.

Seared Scallops with Avocado and Mango Salad
A perfect starter for a special night. 

Coconut Milk Soup With Lobster
A decadent lobster-laden and aromatic spiced soup with that works warm or chilled with a scoop of basmati rice or blanched and sliced sugar snap peas. 

Creamy chicken and mushroom risotto with lashings of butter and Parmesan. Photo / Babiche Martens

Chicken and Mushroom Risotto
Creamy risotto with tender chicken and seasonal mushrooms, and lots of butter, garlic and parmesan. 

Pea and Mint Risotto with Parmesan
This gorgeous risotto has a wonderful balance of beautiful yet simple flavours. 

Roast Chicken With Butter Beans, Basil and Tomato
This is the kind of meal that can restore your love for life. Sumptuously sweet and salty chicken, slow-roasted in a sauce of white wine, garlic, lemon, basil and tomatoes. 

Everything tastes better with butter, like this ricotta gnocchi. Photo / Eleanor Ozich

Ricotta Gnocchi in Lemony Butter Sauce
This ricotta and herb gnocchi is simmered until tender, tossed in a lemony butter sauce, and then finished with a small handful of finely chopped Italian parsley. 

Baked Fish with Fennel, Peppers and Feta 
Sweet combinations of peppers and fennel work fantastically with gently based fish and salty feta. 

A fancy linguine with scallops and asparagus. Photo / Babiche Martens

Asparagus and Scallop Linguine
A warm and comforting linguine recipe to melt hearts. 

Rocket, Fennel, Parmesan and Walnut Salad
Fresh and peppery rocket is tossed with fresh mint, thinly sliced fennel, shaved parmesan and roasted walnuts, then dressed in a lemony anchovy vinaigrette. 

Lemony Bean Salad with Sheep Feta & Mint
Feta and mint are a classic combination with blanched green beans and roasted pistachios to make a lovely salad. 

Buttery salmon in pastry is a special combination. Photo / Babiche Martens

Salmon and Asparagus en Croute
Brings colour to the table and is delicious with a simple homemade aioli on the side. Serve with new potatoes rolling in butter and herbs, and a fresh garden salad.

Almond Meal and Polenta Fish
A simple recipe that's easy to throw together, but feels a little fancy, too. With crisp fish which is lemony on the outside and succulent through the middle, served alongside a salad of lettuce and herbs tossed gently with the juice of a lemon, and a heavy drizzle of buttery olive oil.  

Creamy sweet potato mash with melting lamb ragu. Photo / Eleanor Ozich

Lamb Ragu with Sweet Potato Mash
A fragrant ragu, inspired by the Sicilian combination of rich lamb, dried mint and a pinch of chilli flakes. Deep and complex, this melt-in-your-mouth dish has become a family favourite.'

Scotch Fillet with Fennel and Herb Butter
This fennel and herb butter is all that is needed to bring a decadent scotch fillet to life. 

Keep things toasty with comforting and crowd favourite pappardelle. Photo / Babiche Martens

Pappardelle and Creamy Chicken Livers 
For the main course, serve up rich and delicious chicken livers, complemented perfectly by fresh thyme and a good splash of brandy and cream. 

Black Angus Eye Fillet With Sweet Corn and Herbed Mash
The ultimate way to any meat lovers heart is through perfectly cooked eye fillet. Try this one with sweet corn and comforting mash. 

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