Beat the chills this winter, cliché, right? Well not at this time – We’ve been in lockdown for over two months and continuing and cannot do the amazing things we used to, like go to the movies, go on holiday, dine out or visit friends or family (hopefully not for much longer 😊). Life seems to be on a pause at the moment. Whilst it may seem over-rated, it is becoming the new norm. So, lets beat the blues and chills of winter. Let’s turn this around and make the most of chilly season. Here’s some winter warmers to keep your days warmer and eventful.
Indulgent Comfort Drink
Let’s start off with a delicious Hot Chocolate with a twist.
KitKat Hot Chocolate
2 (45 g each) Kit Kat chocolate bars
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tbsp. sugar (more or less depending on your sweetness level!)
1 3/4 cups milk
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp. boiling water
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt
Whipped fresh cream or whipped coconut cream for topping
Instructions: Snap Kit Kat into 8 sticks. Reserve 2 sticks for garnish. Place the rest in a food processor and process until a fine crumb form. In a small saucepan, add 3 tbsp. ground Kit Kat, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. Pour in boiling water and heat over medium, allowing the mixture to come together into a smooth paste, stirring frequently. Add milk and cream. Stir and raise heat, bringing it to just before a boil. When hot, remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide into two cups and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional Kit Kat crumbs and sticks.
Decadent Comfort Food
Woolies Mac & Cheese
Who doesn’t love Mac & Cheese, this version is a bit more intense in flavour. Once tried, this will become the favourite in every home. Nothing better than warm comfort food this winter.
Here’s a quick way to make this delicious recipe:
Cook 500g pasta of your choice in 1litre milk. Add about 100g butter when pasta has softened and absorbed most of the milk. Switch off the heat. Add – +2 cups of grated cheese of your choice, 1 heaped teaspoon crushed garlic and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and 1 teaspoon ground paprika. Give it a good stir and it’s all good to go.
If you are a lover of cheesy pasta, then you’ll fall in love with a bowl of this ooziness.
Recipe of the Week from Chef Colleen Mulholland
Check out our recipe for the week by our very own Head Chef at Selborne Golf Estate
An easy bread recipe so you don’t need to go out to get your bread. Make bunnies with this bread, or just add a yummy spread. This is ideal comfort food.
625ml Lukewarm Water
20g Medium Fat Margarine / Butter /Oil
1 Packet Yeast
Mix all ingredients together kneed until all is well mixed. Place in bread pan cover with plastic and keep in a warm place and let double in size. Bake at 180 degrees for approximately 20 mins or until bread is golden brown or has a hollow sound when hitting the top. You can add cheese and onion or herbs and garlic to this mixture. This mixture is also great for making “stok brood” once the bread has risen take pieces and wrap around a oiled stick, once bread has cooked on the stick on an open fire pull the stick out and fill with apricot jam and butter
Make a snow globe
Beat the crowd and get the kids to plan ahead for Christmas. All you need is a jar, superglue, glitter, plastic figurines and a glue gun.
Take a used jar, clean out the contents properly. Find cute figurines to add to it, whether it’s a Christmas tree, a shark, Batman or even a Unicorn. Glue the figurine to the lid. Fill the jar with cold water, add glitter to the water, screw on the lid. Shake the jar nicely and turn it upside down. There you have it – your very own snow globe.
Winter Winner Scarf
T-Shirt Infinity Scarf
T-Shirt (100% cotton recommended; best with no side-seams or graphics below the armpit line)
Fabric scissors or a rotary cutter
Masking or painter’s Tape
Hot Glue Gun
Have fun and keep warm and beat the chills this winter.