As the evenings get darker and the weather takes on a bit of a chill, we're turning to some classics - both sweet and savoury - this week.
Thankfully, there are lots of quick and easy versions of your favourite comforting recipes that provide all the flavour and warmth without slaving away in the kitchen.
So grab your apron and get cooking because each of the five dishes below are essentially just hugs in a bowl.
Sri Lankan cashew curry
This is an ideal recipe to prep ahead of time and packs a serious serving of veggies.
Get this curry recipe here.
Chocolate chip cookies
Everyone has an opinion on what makes a great cookie but when it comes right down to it, no one can resist a plate of freshly baked ones, no matter their texture or chocolate chip to dough ratio. Give this classic chocolate chip cookies recipe from The Hibernian Hotel Mallow a try. Get the recipe, here.
A cottage pie is the epitome of homely comfort food. The key to a great one is to make superb mashed potatoes to top the meat mixture. If the potatoes aren’t up to scratch then the dish just falls short. Get the recipe here.
Carrot and ginger soup
This delicious and comforting carrot and ginger soup is perfect for a colder day. Plus it's packs a big nutrition punch too. Get the recipe, here.
Apple tart with Cullahill pastry
This recipe is a family favourite of the O'Connell's from Cullahill, Co. Laois. The pastry uses the creaming method to give it a more scone-like texture and it is so well-loved that it is now taught in Ballymaloe Cookery School by Darina and Rory. Get the recipe, here.
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