It’s cold, dark and raining outside, and at one point or another you will grow sick of constantly ordering takeout pizza and cranking up the heating.

Instead, warm yourself from the inside out, and sustain yourself through autumn and into winter with these staple dishes every seasoned and beginner home cook should know…


1. Soup

You’ve got to have a few soups up your sleeve. Heinz tomato is all very well, but autumn calls for spiced lentil soups, rich with coconut, and concoctions made using all the leftover root veg in your fridge. Simmer in stock until cooked through, season and blitz with a stick blender. Just add bread and butter. Done.

2. Crumble

A classic, autumn isn’t autumn unless practically every meal is concluded with a crumble. Preferably blackberry and apple, with a generous glug of tip top aka Carnation milk – honestly, it’s the best, even better than custard. Although custard is a good shout too.

3. Sausages with lentils

There’s a time and a place for mash, and it’s normally with sausages. But for a truly autumnal dish with a bit of heft, try a moreish lake of puy lentils spiked with root veg, garlic and rosemary instead.

4. Chicken pie


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Saffron Chicken & Leek Pie 😋 The perfect Autumnal dinner.. loving my new enamel pie dishes, locked down again so bought them off Amazon… gosh they hold a lot more than you’d think… I made my own puff pastry, just because I find it therapeutic but shop bought is perfect 👌 😌 Anyway here’s the recipe: 4 chicken breasts, diced 2 leeks 1 large onion, chopped 1 glass of white wine 2 knorr chicken stockpots 3 carrots, finely sliced 2 sticks of celery, chopped Bunch of parsley chopped 50ml water 2 tsp. Cornflour 100ml cream Pinch Saffron Seasalt and pepper 1 packet puff pastry 1 egg beaten 1. Fry off the onion in a little butter and oil, until soft and translucent. Add in the leeks. 2. Add the carrots celery, chicken, stockpot, water & wine and cook gently for 10 minutes. 3. Add in Saffron, cream, parsley, salt and pepper. Simmer on a low heat for a further 5 minutes. 4. In a cup add in cornflour and 3 tbsp.cold water, this should look like a watery liquid. 5. Add cornflour mixture to your chicken and stir for 3 minutes. This will thicken your sauce. 6. Transfer to a pie dish. Cover with your puff pastry sheet, crimp edges & brush with the beaten egg. Bake @180C for 35 minutes. 7. Serve with creamy mashed potato. #thebutlerstoolbox #chickenrecipes #comfortfood #chickenpie #leeks #pies #savourypie #foodblogger #foodie #instafood #instagram #familyfavorite #cheapdinner #eatwellathome #eatwelllivewell #yummy #homecookedfoodisbest #homemade #easyrecipes #familytime #familydinner #puffpastry #irishfoodie #simplecooking #simplerecipe #homecookingisthebest

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Creamy sauce (with mushrooms, bacon, broccoli, leeks), tender chicken (use leftover roast meat if you’ve got it), and pastry (pastry is basically mandatory in autumn) – a good chicken pie recipe will stand you in good stead forever.

5. Cheesy mushroom tart


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Mushroom season is in full swing. You may not want to (or be qualified to) go mushroom hunting, but you can still buy all sorts of varieties in supermarkets and from markets and grocers. A cheesy, rich, thyme spiked mushroom tart will make the most of them.

6. Apple cake


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Apple cake 🍏🍎 with cinnamon

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Apples have their moment in autumn, be it in home pressed cloudy apple juice, or just munched raw. A reliable apple cake though, with hints of caramel and cinnamon, is a thing of pure deliciousness.

7. Pasta bake

A must. Preferably laced with chilli roasted squash and cauliflower, and topped with more cheese than seems wise or necessary. A green salad on the side should bring a little brightness.

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