Challenge Your Winter With These Hot Recipes

While summer is the favourite season for many, there’s something charming about winter… pumpkin soups, hearty pasta dishes, and slow cooked meals. It’s the time of year you give your body foods that’ll nourish it, through the cool season. 

You crave soups over salads, herbal teas before smoothies. It’s the months you spend more time indoors, too, cooking and resting. Use the weeks ahead to empower your body through the food you consume. 

Let’s take a look at winter season food recipes for your next home-cooked dinner.    

The Entrée: Moroccan lamb, tomato & lentil soup 

Photo of freshly made Moroccan lamb , tomato and lentil soup

This little pre-meal delight will warm up your belly (and tastebuds). Add these ingredients to your shopping list: 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 700g diced lamb 
  • 1 onion, chopped 
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin 
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves 
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • 4 cups beef stock 
  • 2 x 400g can tomatoes 
  • ½ cup coriander 
  • 2 x 400g can chickpeas  
  • 2 x 400g can lentils 
  • Greek yogurt and toasted sourdough bread

First, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Season the lamb and cook for five minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Add the onion and garlic to the pan, then put the lamb back in with the tomato paste, spices and bay leaf. Stir for one minute, followed by the stock, chopped tomato and coriander. Simmer over low heat and cook for one hour. 

Add the chickpeas and lentils, then cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and cook for another 30 minutes, until the lamb is soft (and liquid is thickened). Garnish with coriander and dish it up with a slice of your favourite bread

The Main: Pumpkin, ricotta & prosciutto lasagne, with chilli 

Freshly made Pumpkin, ricotta and prosciutto lasagne with chilli

You’re going to want to change into your comfy pants for this one. Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 500g ricotta 
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped 
  • ¾ cup milk 
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg 
  • 1 ¼ cup grated parmesan 
  • 250g lasagne sheets 
  • ¼ cup olive oil 
  • 1kg butternut pumpkin, sliced 
  • 8 slices prosciutto 
  • 2 long red chillies, finely chopped (without the seeds) 
  • 10g sage leaves. 

Start by combining ricotta, garlic, milk, nutmeg and half the parmesan, followed by the seasoning. Take out a bowl and place the lasagne sheets inside, with boiling water to soften them in five minutes. Grease a large ovenproof dish with olive oil and layer one-third of the sheets over the base. Add the pumpkin, prosciutto, chilli, and sage on top. Drizzle with one tablespoon olive oil and one-third of the ricotta mixture. 

Repeat this layered process until the mixture is finished. The final layer should be the ricotta mixture. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle parmesan over the top, then bake for a further 15 minutes, until golden. 

You can find various ingredients for this two-course meal in our online shop and delivery service. These are great, family comfort food dishes but if you’re cooking for more than your kids, we’ve got a better idea. 

Looking forward to hosting or catering for a group when iso is over? 

Cooking for a few people (who you’re comfortable with) is one thing. Preparing food for a group or more is a whole new ball game – something that requires time, effort, planning and a lot of coordination. It’s natural to want the ‘easy button’ and find a quick option that doesn’t compromise taste and quality. 

If you’ve got a party coming up, fill the tables with fresh bakery food, rather than frozen supermarket-bought items. Some ideas for your party tables include mini pies, pasties, sausage rolls, pizzas, spinach and cheese logs, and various flavoured muffins. This finger food spread is packed with real ingredients, made fresh daily. You can give your guests a treat, while still offering the most nutritious version of it. 

Freshly made pies, pasties and pizzas at Glenroy Bakery Melbourne
Freshly made pies, pasties and pizzas (hot foods) at Glenroy Bakery Melbourne

Buying wholesale pies, pasties and finger food direct from the wholesale bakery gives you more value for money. For the best sausage rolls and hot food in Melbourne, you simply must try Glenroy Bakery. Buy pies online, buy finger food online or buy your bakery treats. Yes, all from the one place. 

Order bulk party food from our online shop delivery service. 

We’re a wholesale food supplier in Melbourne, supplying to cafes, schools, hospitals, and the broader, pie-loving public. From meat pies and sausage rolls, to pizzas and finger food, you can buy your bakery food in bulk with us. Right now, we’re offering an online shop and delivery service for our goods. 

Place your order online or speak with one of our friendly staff if you have questions on (03) 9312 8600. To enquire, you can also email or use this contact form. 

Nothing beats bakery food, made fresh daily… especially in winter.