Beef, chicken, pork, sausages, lamb - even vegetables - all lend themselves brilliantly to casseroling, which also offers the advantage of being able to use cheap cuts of meat for slow-cooked succulence.
With temperatures still at freezing, it was time to tuck into a robust stew filled with flavours of the Mediterranean - and discover what Delia's cats enjoy doing most to keep warm!
Cassoulet is made with all sorts of lovely French ingredients, but for a more economical version, this poor man's cassoulet is just the thing. Make sure you use good-quality meaty sausages.
This demands the reddest, ripest tomatoes, so is a good one for autumn eating - and even winter, as long as you can find tomatoes with plenty of flavour. One of the most popular recipes on the site, and it's easy to see why!
For Delia, this superb casserole heralds the start of winter eating...and it's a great one for entertaining as it needs no attention as it cooks. Like many casseroles, it's even better if you can make it the day before.
Nothing beats the anticipation of eating a traditional, slow-cooked stew on a winter's day: sticky sauce, flavourful vegetables and meat so tender it's falling apart, with the added bonus of dumplings!
Delia loves braised sausages - and this glorious recipe reveals why: succulent pork complemented with apples and juniper create a brilliant winter warmer. Comfort food at its best.
This wonderful, Mexican-inspired recipe is packed with zingy flavours and creaminess too! A brilliant choice for both family eating and entertaining.
A wonderful one-pot winter warmer, originally devised by Delia in 1978 - proof that the very best recipes are timeless!
An unusual, colourful stew that is perfect for entertaining - just add plain rice to serve. Spices, squash, sweetcorn and red pepper provide the Latin American elements, giving the dish masses of visual appeal and great flavour.
Don't confine this wonderful stew to St Patrick's Day - it's a winner all year round if there's a nip in the air!
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