With the leaves falling from the trees and the nights closing in, we must all prepare for the ridiculous rain and gusty winds that the British weather loves to throw at us in autumn. So what better way to deal with the harsh weather conditions than getting in the kitchen and rustling up some delicious meals that will warm you down to the bone and leave you feeling all cosy inside.
Here are five of the best Welsh Beef and Welsh Lamb recipes to help you survive this autumn with your good humour and happiness intact:
Welsh Beef Goulash
If anyone knows how to eat during miserable autumn months, it's the eastern Europeans and one of the best dishes to come from this area is the Goulash. Making a Welsh Beef Goulash is very easy and it can be lightly adjusted to your taste preferences. This isn't exactly a quick recipe, but good food is very rarely fast.
Slow Cooked Curried Shoulder of Welsh Lamb
What better way to warm yourself up in the autumn than by adding a touch of spice? With this recipe, it isn't just the succulent Welsh Lamb that gives you a warm and mouth-watering feel - the curry and chilli powder give it that extra kick to heat you through even when the weather is miserable and your nose is running.
Welsh Beef Steak & Ale Pies
Is there anything more traditionally British than a Welsh Beef Steak and Ale Pie? The only acceptable answer here is fish and chips, but steak and ale definitely outdates this seaside phenomenon. This beautifully crusted dish will give you plenty to sink your teeth into and fight away the winter blues. This recipe is the perfect seasonal dish for this dark, wet time of year.
Slow Roasted Welsh Lamb Shanks
Lamb shanks are an extremely diverse meat and can be used in a wide range of recipes, but we believe that slow roasting shanks is easily one of the best ways to prepare them in autumn. What's more, this is an incredibly simple dish to cook, all you have to do is brown the shanks, add the vegetables, season and then cook for 1 1/2 - 2 hours until the meat simply falls off the bone. That means minimal work for you and your whole home gets that delicious lamb smell running through it giving it an extra cosy feel.
Spiced Welsh Lamb and Orange Cassoulet
Spiced citrus fruits are quintessentially autumn, and this Welsh Lamb and Orange Cassoulet is perfect for those shorter days. It is a slightly more complicated recipe than those listed above, but if you're a handy chef then it should pose no real difficulty. This lush meal will have all your family grinning from ear to ear even if it's raining cats and dogs outside.
When it comes to preparing a meal this autumn, make sure you use only the best grass-fed Welsh meat. This will help to give your recipes the most authentically British flavour and make your autumn nights the best they can be.
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