5 Dorset Foods to warm you up this Winter
Winter has finally landed! But, as usual, it’s not the frosty landscapes or Christmas lights slowly being added to every house that’s getting me excited. It’s all the delicious local Dorset food that, for some reason, you don’t feel as guilty about eating in the winter (just because it’s cold outside).
Dorset gives us some of the finest (and yummiest!) food out there and so much of it! We have some of the finest cheeses, meats, restaurants and local produce in England. So, if it’s eating out you love, or just whipping up something at home, Dorset has a full smorgasbord of delights to eat into. So sit down, and snuggle up in front of the fire because here’s 5 of my absolute favourite winter warming foods. (Psst – they’re all available just around the corner!)
1. Baked Brie
The Purbeck Deli has some of the finest brie I’ve ever tasted. Located on Institute Road, Swanage, this cute little deli provides some of the tastiest local produce you can get your hands on! Baked brie is an absolute favourite of mine, a) because it’s out-of-this-world delicious, and b) it requires virtually no effort and no washing up. If you’re like me, and have no qualms about consuming a whole wheel of cheese in one sitting, then this one is definitely for you! Simply bake the whole thing in the oven for 5-10 minutes. You can even drizzle some Swanage honey over the top before you bake. I’d recommend going local again with Field Honey by Robert Field. Delicious! The Purbeck Deli told me that dipping in chive crackers from the Fine Cheese co, serving with plum compote or eating with lightly salted almonds is also a favourite of theirs!
2. Spicy Seafood Pasta
For me, pasta is one of the most comforting things this world has to offer. Ok, it’s not necessarily the most classic winter dish, but there’s nothing quite like a huge bowl of delicious steamy Italian goodness to warm you up on a cold winters evening. Pair it with some of the best seafood the south and you’re onto a real winner. Weymouth is home to some of the most highly renowned seafood restaurants in the whole of Dorset. Crustacean, based near the marina, only use locally sourced crab, lobster and shellfish for their dishes, and their 5* reviews speak for themselves. Go for their Crab Linguine with Crème Fraiche and Chili if you’re reaching for a winter’s kick to warm you right up!
3. Slow Cooked Dorset Beef
Jurassic Coast Meats are an online company based in Dorchester and provide locals with delicious, quality produce from local farms. They will even deliver straight to your door! James, the director of the company kindly recommended us two great winter warming dishes that make a great alternative to a Sunday lunch. The first recipe is a rich and delicious Beef Bourguignon made with their own 28 day dry aged Aberdeen Angus Beef. Perfect served with a mound of creamy mashed potato! Or why not try some over toasted sourdough as a refreshing lunch idea? The second is made with their farm reared Veal Osso bucco. Try something different with a Milanese slow cooked dish and add porcini mushrooms and lots of dry white wine. What could be more warming than one of these dishes eaten in front of a burning log fire?
4. Local Chutney
Chutney isn’t hard to come by in Dorset, and I’m glad because there’s nothing nicer than a simple cheese and ham sandwich with a big dollop inside. They are a great way of using up leftover fruit or vegetables and are pretty easy to make at
home! But, if you’re anything like me, Winter is all about being lazy and taking a few shortcuts. From Dorset with Love do a wide selection of chutneys and jams to choose from – all made locally in Milton Abbas! From fiery Bengal Chutney to the great taste award winning red onion marmalade, this company has given me a great reason to stock up on this little gem of a winter warmer.
5. Sticky Pear and Chocolate Cake
What a better way to finish than on something sweet? There’s lots of fruit and veg available in Dorset all throughout the year, but let’s truly make the most of it by smothering it in chocolate. Pears are a lovely winter warmer, but they usually come poached or in a crumble at this time of the year. As a chocolate girl, this recipe is perfect for those of us who have a really rich taste. The Orchard in Weymouth are a greengrocer that do some fantastic local produce – so why not pick up some ripe local pears for this recipe? Use a traditional chocolate sponge mix and add chocolate chunks, almonds and of course, the pears! Bake in the oven and serve with vanilla ice cream or cream.
So there you have it – 5 absolutely delicious winter warming treats to snuggle up next to the fire with this winter. Dorset produce is really something we all need to make the most of this year – it not only supports our local businesses, but it honestly tastes ten times better than mass produced supermarket food. If it’s a light snack you’re after, or a full hearty meal, why not try some of these ideas to warm you up this week? I certainly will be!
If we have whet your appetite for all things wintry, why not take a look at our Winter Breaks.
By Raine Slater