As the temperatures plummet and the hat, scarf, gloves and winter coat come into regular use to fend off the cold – there's only one thing keeping us going on the commute, and that's the thought of getting home and tucking into a warming, indulgent dinner.
It's the time of year when good old British pub food comes into its own. Here's our round-up of a few comforting favourites to help see you through the chill...
Crispy potato and lamb hotpot
If you're looking to switch up your usual mash or pastry pie topper, this is the recipe for you. We've made a succulent slow-cooked lamb casserole even more special and topped it with crispy sliced potatoes for a delicious crunch. The result? A hearty hotpot that tastes as good as it looks.
Classic steak and stilton pie
Enjoy tasty pub grub in the comfort of your own home with a slice of steak pie, topped with a fluffy, golden puff pastry lid. The stilton adds a deep, rich flavour to the beef and gravy filling – plus it's a great way to use up any leftovers from your cheeseboard (or an excuse to put one together in the first place).
Dairy-free turmeric chicken curry
After a chilly commute, there's nothing lovelier than tucking into a bowlful of warming, lightly spiced curry. This fragrant chicken dish is made with coconut milk for added creaminess and it's easy to make – simply pop all of the raw ingredients together in your slow cooker and leave for six hours to gently simmer. Top with dairy-free yoghurt, coriander, flaked almonds and serve with fluffy jasmine rice.
Turkey, ham and cider pot pies
Ideal for feeding a crowd, these individual mini pot pies are a brilliant way to use up any leftover meat or vegetables from your Sunday roast. Rich, creamy and full of flavour, you can even make them ahead and freeze them before baking to serve up another time. Serve with a generous spoonful of mash for the ultimate mid-week dinner. Tuck in!