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Rainy-Day Dishes

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

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The rainy season is upon us and afternoon showers make us want to rush home, make something comforting to eat and curl up with a good book or binge-watch Netflix . Yes, we would prefer sunny days all the time, but there is nevertheless something alluring about rainy weather.

Rainy-day dishes are ideal for when you're stuck inside and refuse to leave home. These dishes fall into two categories — straightforward or challenging. Whichever you choose, the results will be delicious.

Beef Stroganoff may seem like a complicated dish, but it's easier to make than you might think. Start with top-quality sirloin, which is cooked with mushrooms, garlic, onions, beef broth and sour cream. After simmering to perfection, serve over egg noodles. The dish takes 40 minutes to prepare, along with prep time. This gives you more time to squeeze in one more episode of whatever captivating Netflix show has you transfixed.

The elegance of braised lamb shanks belies how straightforward preparation is. Hot tip: add red wine to the braising liquid to make the dish richer and more delicious. This is the perfect cosy-night dinner.

Crab bisque is an excellent alternative to the traditional lobster version and is so easy to make. Full of flavour and great with garlic bread, this dish is perfect for eating on the sofa and will please everyone.

A list of rainy day dishes would not be complete without pasta. Keep it simple and decadent with fettuccine carbonara. Loads of bacon are combined with egg and parmesan to create this incredibly delicious Italian dish.

Hungarian goulash is a beef stew that has lots of onions and is liberally seasoned with paprika. Feel free to add potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, peppers, and tomatoes to make it even heartier.

Don't have to get into much detail here, but lasagne is a perfect dish to make when you're stuck indoors. Once made, watch it disappear square by square over the course of a rainy day.

Sometimes you have to go old-school to satisfy comfort food cravings. Cue: shepherd's pie. What's not to love about a casserole of ground beef, carrots, corn, and peas, topped with mashed potatoes and baked until perfect?

And, if it's a rainy weekend, pull out the slow cooker and rustle up a good ole pot roast. No-fuss and delicious! Who knew that a simple chuck roast, potatoes, carrots, and celery cooked in beef broth and red wine could create something so moreish?


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