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Winter Recipes to Warm You Up

07 August 2014
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"Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey” – Eli Brown, Cinnamon and Gunpowder

Referring to the lovely quote above, we’re sure that for a lot of you, a home-cooked, warm meal not only keeps your belly full, but can also give you a sense of nostalgia.

The freezing winter season gives us the perfect excuse to eat hearty, fulfilling meals while sitting under fluffy blankets in front of the crackling fire – perhaps with a glass of merlot in one hand too.

With August being the last month of winter before we start warming up for spring, we decided to give you some delicious curry, soup and bread recipes so that you can indulge before summer!

Scrumptious Soups

Winter is the time when people’s immune systems tend to drop and they become sick with flu. As usual, soup is there to rescue you! Not only does soup tend to help people feel better, it also warms and fills you up. All in all, it’s a perfect winter meal.

We have included the classic chicken noodle soup and a gourmet coconut shrimp soup.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Recipe from


  • 3 quarts chicken stock - 3 carrots, cut in rounds
  • Salt and ground black pepper - 220g egg noodles
  • Cooked chicken meat, shredded - ¼ cup chopped dill/1 tbsp dried dill
  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Place the stock over a medium to high heat. Add the carrots and allow it to simmer for about 6 minutes.
  2. Cook the noodles in a pot until tender and drain them before adding them to the pot of stock.
  3. Add the shredded chicken and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat the soup until very hot and serve.
  5. Add the dill and parsley to the soup before serving.

Coconut Shrimp SoupCoconut Shrimp Soup

Recipe from


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil - 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced - ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 450g carrots, thinly sliced - 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch - 120g angel-hair pasta
  • 680g large shrimp, peeled and tails removed - ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • Coarse salt - 4 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan.
  2. Add the ginger, garlic and pepper flakes and stir it for about 1 minute.
  3. Add the carrots, coconut milk and 3 cups of water.
  4. Separately, mix the cornstarch with 2 tbsp of water and add to the pot. Bring to a boil.
  5. Add the pasta to the pot and reduce heat to a simmer until the pasta is cooked.
  6. Add the shrimp and stir for about 1 minute.
  7. Take the pot off the stove, stir in the lime juice, top with scallions and serve.

To make stirring and dishing up your soup a lot easier, invest in one of our many nylon utensils! We have elevated nylon spoons and turners(solid and slotted) from as little as R59.95. House of York also has an 8-piece nylon utensil set – handy to have within arm’s reach in the kitchen!

Comforting Curries

Many of us can agree that when it comes to winter, few things classify as a comfort food more than curry with rice! Curries tend to have many ingredients, so cooking it takes some time and patience – but the result is completely worth it.

Look at these two delicious chicken and lamb curries we picked out for you and tuck in!

Chicken CurryChicken Curry

Recipe from


  • 1kg chicken - 3 onions, paste
  • 2 tomatoes, pureed - 1 tbsp garlic, paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste - 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder - ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder - 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsp oil - Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander to garnish


  1. Sauté the onion paste, garlic paste and ginger paste until golden brown.
  2. Add the tomato puree, coriander powder, garam masala, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  3. Allow the spices to cook.
  4. Add the chicken pieces and cook until they are golden brown.
  5. Add ½ cup of water and stir. Allow to simmer until the chicken is cooked.
  6. Garnish with coriander and serve.

House of York has everything you need to make this cooking experience a lovely and easy one! Our bamboo wooden spoons are ideal for cooking curries as they won’t melt like plastic ones do. With all the ingredients and spices you need to cook a curry, our spice racks work wonderfully so that you can have your array of spices right next to you.

Thinking about serving some sambals with your curry? These bamboo bowls work well and they look attractive too!

Lamb Korma

Recipe from


  • 1kg lamb, diced - 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, chopped - 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • ½ cup korma paste - ½ cup water
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk - 2 zucchini, sliced
  • 1/3 cup peas


  1. Coat the lamb in the oil and put remaining oil in saucepan.
  2. Add the onion and cook until soft.
  3. Remove from heat and add sweet potato.
  4. In a frying pan, fry the lamb until it is browned and add to pan with onion and sweet potato.
  5. Add curry paste to pan and cook for about a minute before adding the water.
  6. Allow the curry to simmer for about 45 minutes.
  7. Add coconut milk, zucchini and peas and allow it to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  8. Ready to serve with rice or a side dish of your choice.

Belly-filling Breads

Breads are delicious to eat with your soups and curries, especially in winter. It offers us a lovely source of comfort food! There are so many types of breads out there that it was difficult to choose which recipes to share with you…

So we settled for something savoury and something sweet.

Rosemary and Sea Salt BreadRosemary and Sea Salt Bread

Recipe from


  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast - 1 tbsp sugar
  • ¾ cup water - 2 cups multi-grain all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt - 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped - Coarse sea salt


  1. Put the yeast, sugar and water in a bowl and leave it for 10 minutes until it is bubbly.
  2. Add 1 cup of flour and mix.
  3. Add the salt, rosemary, 1 tbsp olive oil, the remaining flour and mix to make dough.
  4. Knead the dough into a ball and cover it with olive oil. After that, let it rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size.
  5. Put the dough onto an oiled surface and let it stand for 5 – 10 minutes. Brush the remaining oil on the loaf and sprinkle with coarse salt to taste.
  6. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes or until slightly browned.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Recipe from


  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar - 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour - 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt - 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk - 1/3 cup vegetable/olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C and lightly grease a loaf pan.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and 1 cup of sugar.
  3. Add egg, milk and oil to the mixture.
  4. Stir until moist and pour half of it into the pan.
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon and 1/3 cup of sugar and cover with the remaining mixture.
  6. Bake the mixture in the oven for about 40 – 45 minutes.Bread Board
  7. Serve it up with some tea while it’s still warm for a lovely afternoon snack.

Baking bread has never been easier thanks to our brand new silicone baking range! Use our loaf pan to perfect your bread, slice your bread accurately on our bread board and store it to keep it fresh in one of our bread bins – with us, you can’t go wrong!

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