recipes for winter

A collection of recipes selected by The Saturday Paper team

dinner May 19, 2018

Spiced lamb shanks with quince

There comes a time every autumn when I start to get a little tired of cooking quince desserts. There is no doubt that at the beginning of the season there is great excitement when the first tray of ruby red fruit emerges from its long, slow roast...

dessert July 13, 2019

Mont blanc

Despite containing only five ingredients, a good mont blanc has fantastic depth of flavour and is one of my favourite winter desserts. Named for the famous mountain, which straddles the border between Italy and France, the dessert is also claimed...

dinner May 2, 2015

Coq au vin

A somewhat simple but comforting dish of chicken cooked in red wine with bacon, onions and mushrooms, coq au vin is unmistakably French. It is also realistically achievable and great to have in the home kitchen scrapbook. There are many...

dinner August 8, 2015

Truffle and parmesan tart

The truffles used in this recipe come from Braidwood, outside of Canberra. But there is also a reasonable supply from Western Australia. The industry is now gaining momentum and the yields are increasingly accessible. You should pay about $2.50 a...

dinner June 25, 2016

Steak and wild mushrooms

We are now in the middle of wild mushroom season. Pine mushroom is probably my favourite, for its flavour and texture – a slight woody taste and a slightly firmer texture. They are also quite pretty, with their pastel colours. They look like the...

salad August 15, 2015

Winter salads

I like to sauté cauliflower in most preparations. For example, when I make cauliflower cheese I take large florets, slice them in half, and sauté them gently to bring out the sweetness before transferring them to a baking dish and covering with...

dinner June 5, 2021

Pumpkin stuffed with farro, chestnut and mushrooms

Pumpkins are everywhere in my life at the moment. The restaurant is decorated with an array of beautiful specimens, the racks on the verandah are full of them and there are crates of little ones stacked neatly out of the weather. As with...

dinner August 16, 2014

Slow-roasted lamb shoulder

I think sometimes about what makes a dish popular. At the restaurants, we can gauge pretty quickly what people will like. But occasionally, it’s entirely unexpected. At the pub, it’s a freekeh salad. When I came up with the lobster roll...

dinner June 22, 2019

Beef bourguignon

For me, there is always a correlation between classical music and classic recipes. While it may be argued that the music of Lully or Bach or Saint-Saëns simply reflected the trend of the moment, the sheer longevity of classical music sets it...

dinner June 20, 2015

Cassoulet

The key to cassoulet is time. It’s something that can be shortened but it’s not recommended. It’s the long, slow cooking that really rounds the flavours and gives the beans the opportunity to absorb them gently without breaking. I always try to...

dinner May 25, 2019

Iranian noodle soup

As the weather turns cooler, the perennial question arises of what to feed my vegetarian friends when they come to dinner. Summer is easy – composed salads, grazing plates, light pastas – but as we move towards winter we often rely on the rich...