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Traditional winter warmer recipes

With the colder temperatures setting in and the nights getting longer, it’s that time of year where all you want to seem to do is snuggle up on the sofa in the warm and watch your favourite TV series, whilst tucking into a tasty winter favourite. We have the perfect dishes to tickle your taste buds, that are wholesome and can be made quickly and simply for a sumptuous two-course dinner for four.

As traditional favourites, these recipes are great for the elderly and can be made with your loved ones or your carer.


Main course: Toad in the Hole

Serves 4


  • 1oz of margarine, butter or dripping – whichever you prefer
  • 1lb sausages of your preference
  • 4oz plain flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 pint of milk or a mixture of milk and water


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C fan or gas mark 6.
  2. Put the butter, margarine or dripping into a Yorkshire pudding tin and place in the oven for 5 minutes, then add the sausages, toss them in fat and cook for a further 5 minutes or so.
  3. Raise the temp to 220°C fan or gas mark 7.
  4. Whisk the eggs, flour and milk or milk/water mixture together in a bowl and then slowly add the milk or milk/water mixture.
  5. Pour the batter over the piping hot sausages and bake for 30 minutes, or until well risen and golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven, serve and tuck in!

Dessert: Indulgent Rice Pudding

Serves 4

Rice pudding Ingredients:

  • 100g pudding rice
  • 1 large tin of evaporated milk
  • 600ml milk
  • 30g sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp grated nutmeg
  • Jam, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C fan or gas mark 2.
  2. Place the rice, evaporated milk, sugar, milk and vanilla extract in an ovenproof casserole dish. On the hob, slowly bring it to a gentle simmer and stir for about 10 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the nutmeg over the mixture and transfer the dish to the oven. If you like skin, leave it uncovered. Cook for a further hour or until it reaches your desired consistency and, if you like it a little sweeter, add some of your favourite jam to serve.
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