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Perfect Cottage Pie

Perfect Cottage Pie. Spiced beef, creamy mash, sweet leeks and strong cheddar. The ultimate comfort food. An improved version of Delia's recipe! | http://jenniferfeasts.com

I have to admit, I was a little shocked at how beautiful the weather was today. I walked out of my office this morning and was pleasantly surprised to feel the warmth of the sun on my back. The usual chill in the air was virtually non-existent and the birds were happily singing away. This weather completely defies my reasoning behind the perfect timing of this post.

A piping hot, hearty cottage pie is perfect food for bitterly cold, rainy, windy days. The kind of weather where the wind and rain are so extreme you MUST wear a coat with a hood because there is no hope of getting an umbrella to stay up. It’s the hood or get soaked. I usually get soaked (note to self: buy a coat with a hood). Yup, that pretty much sums up the last 6 weeks. That’s why I pulled out the old cottage pie recipe, a classic in these parts for very good reason. I even made a portion of this recipe in my cute little soup terrines for added cheerfulness.

Perfect Cottage Pie. Spiced beef, creamy mash, sweet leeks and strong cheddar. The ultimate comfort food. An improved version of Delia's recipe! | http://jenniferfeasts.com

But we can be honest here. This is northern England. It’s February. There’s no way I’m feeling that warm sun on my back again until at least the end of May. I think it’s safe to keep the recipe out for another couple of months.

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Dark & Sticky Gingerbread

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Gingerbread. Why do we only make this at Christmas? It’s the perfect winter cake to console post-holiday blues. The twinkly lights and decorations have gone into hibernation, the sun still sets way too early for my liking, but I will not be defeated by January gloominess. It seems entirely appropriate to share a recipe full of warmth and comfort. And this is by far the best gingerbread I have ever tasted.

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It’s dark, spicy, soft and squidgy with a lovely snowfall of icing sugar on top. The perfect anecdote to help you through the dark, cold nights that follow the holiday season. And wow, does it make the house smell good! The gingery aroma emanating from the oven pulls me out of my post-Christmas slumber and gives me a boost of motivation that is desperately needed this time of year. And even better, the recipe couldn’t be easier. One bowl, mix, bake and eat.

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