As I started to write this post I did begin to wonder about difference between a stew and a casserole. Well ~ according to Wikipedia ~
"A distinction can be made between casseroles and stews: stewing is a cooking process whereby heat is applied to the bottom of the cooking vessel (typically over a fire or on a stove), whereas casserole is generally baked in an oven, where heat circulates all around the cooking vessel"
So there you are! Truth be told, it doesn't really matter what you call them but cooking them is a great idea for this time of year ~ they're tasty, they're nutritious and you can make them in advance and freeze them.
There's no shortage of recipes out there - here are a few of my favourites.
A nice simple (and enjoyable) task today ~ just take a break and have a leisurely cup of tea. As it's Christmas why not have some special, festive flavoured tea ... in a Christmas mug ... stirred with a special spoon ...
I love soup. There's a soup for every season, soup can be simple or sophisticated, economical or extravagant and healthy or indulgent. Today I suggest you opt for a healthy version, given that the next few weeks will probably involve a fair share of culinary indulgences. Eating well is one of the corner stones of self care and today's task is to make a nourishing meal that will help balance all the festive goodies that are now starting to creep into our diets.
There are soup recipes everywhere and you probably have a few of your own favourites. I love the freshness of Asian style soups such as Tom Yum ~ a good kick of chilli is a great winter warmer.
If you're looking for some inspiration, try these recipes sites.
Asda Good Living
BBC Good Food
If your recipe is suitable, make a large batch and freeze some for a healthy standby for the next few weeks.
Well, it's been a busy month hasn't it? So today I think we all need a day off. So why not put the kettle on and prepare to put your feet up ~ maybe add a tasty treat like the brownies above which you can order from Emily's Kitchen Bakes on Etsy.
If you still have gifts to get just have another look at all the handmade gifts featured in this month's Handmade Christmas Challenge. Even if you're done shopping it'll give you an excuse to stay put and enjoy more cake!