Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Cosy Winter Warmers

Mick’s easy peasy pumpkin soup

Chorizo, lentil and roasted tomato soup (Recipe by Ali Irvine)

Individual lamb and Guinness pies  (Recipe by Ali Irvine)

Slow cooked beef short ribs with creamy mash

Pancetta and thyme poussins with roasted vegetable broth (Recipe by Ali Irvine)

Pear and cinnamon frangipane tartlets (Recipe by Ali Irvine)

Nutty hazelnut and almond pear crumble with elderflower cream

Chocolate fudge cake with raspberries and amaretto cream

All images © Katie Quinn Davies 2012

Well thankfully we’re almost in August and that means Spring is well and truly on it’s way here in Oz which is really welcome news as this year’s weather hasn’t exactly been ‘inspiring’ to say the least… A few weeks ago I asked a friend and colleague; Ali Irvine to write some recipes for me for the blog as I have been bogged down in photo work and a bit of travel recently and found it pretty difficult to get the time to write some new recipes.

Ali is a freelance food and prop stylist based in Sydney who now also has a resident food slot on Radio 2GB where she discusses relevant and up-to-the-minute foodie issues with Steve Price. Ali has come up with some lovely warming recipes for WKA which are perfect for seeing out the last few weeks of Winter.

Ali has styled for the likes of; Madison Magazine; Donna Hay; Real Living; Cosmopolitan; Inside Out and Woolworths amongst others.

Ali has recently set up a Facebook Page/Blog featuring her recipes which you can check out here.

I am looking forward to sunnier days ahead filled with lighter, brighter shoots but for the moment these dishes are a perfect cosy welcome addition to week night dinners.

After I styled and shot these recipes this week I had some of the ingredients left over so not wanting to throw away food unnecessarily, I came up with a recipe for a warming pear crumble and a hearty pumpkin soup ~ well actually the latter is my husband’s creation and what we had for dins tonight, it was fab with a big chunk of warmed crusty sourdough and a glass of full-bodied red.

The cake came about after I woke up yesterday morning craving a big slice of gooey, fudgy mud cake, so I gave this one a bash, it’s a bit of an alternative on a recipe which is in the upcoming WKA cookbook. It turned out superb (and thankfully the remainder of it is now being gobbled down by all my husband’s work colleagues, as if not I and he would be 5kg heavier!) It’s got creme fraiche in it and lots of good quality Valrhona chocolate ~ my favourite brand for cooking with (and also eating in the process). It’s a little more $$ than more mainstream chocolate but well worth the price for the result. Top the cake with fresh raspberries if you wish, if it’s that time of the year where you live when berries are super expensive, feel free to serve the cake just as it is with it’s fudgy icing alone, served warm (pop a slice in the microwave for 60 seconds first) and a dollop of creamy vanilla bean ice cream.

Katie x

P.S. I would be really grateful if going forward, if you have a second, you could let me know which picture/s from this post stand out the most for you. I am hoping to produce a little printed piece for Xmas (possibly a calendar or such) and would like to use photos you, the readers like the most. So if you wouldn’t mind, leave me a quick comment below stating what pic is/are your faves. Thanks so much.

62 Responses to “Cosy Winter Warmers”

  1. kristina
    July 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    i want that cake

  2. July 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    It’s the middle of summer where I am but your photos always have me salivating! You are such an inspiration. I love the look of the chocolate fudge cake with raspberries – you have a knack for making something so simple look so incredibly stylish. I can’t wait to try it.

  3. July 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Great post! We came out of winter for one week last week in London, but aside from that I don’t think it ever really left us properly. These cosy looking dishes are good year round here lol! :)

  4. July 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    They all look wonderful, but my favorite is that chorizo, lentil, and roast tomato soup.

  5. July 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    It’s perfect! Thank’s.

  6. July 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Gorgeous looking warmers Katie! I love love the Poussin in vegetable broth. The chorizo lentil soup is going straight to my Paprika app for later this week. :-)

  7. July 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    oh my goodness your pictures and recipes are so gorgeous! your blog is such an inspiration for me, always. and every month i relish your contribution in delicious mag, all i can say is THANK YOU! :)

  8. Sylvia B
    July 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Katie, once again you have amazed me with your styling and photography. You do a fabulous job. I want to make each dish! Thank you to Ali for her recipes and I look forward to yours too.

  9. July 30, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Your photos, your blog, and the recipes are AMAZING!!!

  10. Hannah
    July 30, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Any chance that you could post the crumble recipe? I would love to make it this weekend for afternoon tea by the fire (still freezing here in Canberra!).

  11. July 30, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Thanks everyone for such lovely comments. It’s nice for me to be shooting some lighter shots. My studio at home in the Winter sometimes limits me to what I can shoot, and as much as I adore dark and moody I also love shooting a little lighter and brighter, Spring is officially on the way here now and I am moving into a studio so I look forward to lots of healthy and light recipes and pics on the way :)

    Hannah, recipe up now, sorry for the delay and thanks for your patience. Cheers

  12. July 30, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Best photo: the close-up of the two poussins!

  13. July 30, 2012 at 7:41 am

    This is an amazing post. I want to make every single recipe! The picture which stands out the most is definitely the first picture of the chocolate cake. Adorable.

  14. July 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Hey do I need dark chocolate for the cake or is it up to me? (okay it’s always up to me but what did you use ;) )

  15. July 30, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I need to get into the kitchen, and make some of these. but first, I was going to say the chocolate cake, covered in raspberries (love the little jug in the background), but my pic is the box of pears. I would love that photo on my kitchen wall.

  16. July 30, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I love the picture with pears and the fudge cake as well.. it’s quite difficult to say which one I like mostly :)
    keep creating, I’m waiting for your book!

  17. July 30, 2012 at 11:08 am

    The photo of the chocolate cake is my favorite, but I am a chocoholic! My next fave is the chorizo and lentil soup; I’ll be making that when our weather cools a bit in Tennesee. All of your photography is appealing though; there are no losers here. Thanks!

  18. Renee
    July 30, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Katie I LOVE your blog! I was even more in love with your blog when I read your ‘All American’ post about Oasis. I am a huge Oasis fan and now love both Noel and Liam’s new projects. For me, the pear and cinnamon frangipagne tartlets look absolutely delicious! That’s what Im cooking this weekend!

  19. July 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I really love the photos of the individual pies and the choc/raspberry cake the most.

    Enjoying seeing a lighter take on your photos too, very postive and leave me wanting to see and eat more!

  20. July 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Images choices: 2 Poussins, lamb pies and the cake slice – yum!

    All of lovely and delicious, however.

    Thank you for keeping us inspired!


  21. July 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    This is a seriously enticing group of winter recipes…what could be more enticing than a pumpkin soup or golden crusted pie?

  22. July 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    That Cake looks amazing! altough my favorites for the Calender would be either the three tartlets or pears, such lovely shoots katie!

  23. July 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    KATIE – I love all of your photos, but especially the Pancetta & Thyme Poussin..

  24. July 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    It’s perfect! Thank’s.
    keep update

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  25. July 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    It’s perfect! Thank’s.
    keep update

    blog tips

  26. July 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    These all look so delicious, even if it’s summertime here in New York. The carrots picture may be simple, but it popped out at me immediately. And I love the chocolate cake (I’ve got quite the sweet tooth)!

  27. July 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    All of these dishes sound comforting Katie. The photo that stands out the most of course is the chocolate cake, but I do love a good chicken.

  28. July 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Ohh the bottom 2 photo’s!!!! The colours are sublime and THAT CAKE!!! I’m going to have to try and make it! Warmest wishes – Glenda

  29. July 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Well Katie, they are all amazing (as they usually are) but my fav is the soup with the whole roasted tomatoes. I love how they still have the stems on. I may have to steal that trick!! Clarice

  30. July 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I like the overhead shot of the pear tarts – both fancy and rustic all at once.

  31. July 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    It would almost be worth winter just to eat those wonderful dishes…

    I think I’ll just bookmark and wait…

  32. July 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Which photos stand out? Um all of them! But my favourites are the whole chocolate cake with raspberries (wow), the chorizo and lentil soup (yum) and the box of pears.

  33. July 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I may be missing something, but how do I download these recipes? I can’t figure it out. :/

  34. July 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Thay all look great but I like the textures of the poussin.

  35. July 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    They all look great, but I like the textures of the poussin.

  36. July 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    The pear box is definitely my favorite, but I also love the simplicity of the roasted carrots in a row. Sometimes carrots seem to be under-rated.

  37. July 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I love the fourth-to-last photo, with the crumble. Warm cups of coffee in pictures just really do something for me!

  38. July 31, 2012 at 3:22 am

    that cake. heaven. that’s all i have to say!
    i’m going to make it as soon as possible!
    xo, cheyenne

  39. July 31, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I love the pictures of the chocolate cake! I cannot print out the recipes. It may be my computer, but I cannot see a pdf file? When printing I only got the background.

  40. July 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

    The picture with the pears really recalls a season. Very lovely–as usual.

  41. July 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    They’re all so lovely, but I think I like the tomato soup one best. I want to dive into that soup :)

  42. July 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    My favorite pics are actually the very last two of the chocolate fudge cake with raspberries. The color of the berries really pops out. The whole picture totally draws me in!

  43. August 1, 2012 at 12:59 am

    That chocolate cake with the fresh raspberries on top……definitely use that one:) Love the box of pears, as well. They’re all beautiful photos, really.

  44. August 1, 2012 at 3:33 am

    My favorite is the first image shown of the chocolate cake with the raspberries. It’s stunning.

  45. August 1, 2012 at 7:16 am

    yup, has to be the choco cake.

  46. August 1, 2012 at 8:21 am

    So hard to choose…but the whole cake with the beautiful raspberries on top is stunning! I also love the one with the poussin in the pan…truthfully every lne stands out and is so inspirational!

  47. August 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

    the chorizo soup photo.

  48. August 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

    the chorizo soup photo.

  49. August 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Beautiful pictures. As always : )

  50. August 2, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Hi Katie,
    I love the photo of a slice of chocolate fudge cake with raspberries and amaretto cream. So lovely and inviting.
    Love your blog and photos!
    xxx mish

  51. August 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    All these photos look delicious!
    The shot with the pears has amazing lighting, love this style of set up shot.
    The choclate cake with the raspberries is lovely too, and then following up with a slice makes you want to eat it!

  52. August 4, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Everything looks incredible — I don’t think I can ever pick a favorite :)

  53. August 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Love your blog! Three photos stood out to me in particular, though they were all lovely: the photo of the whole chocolate cake with raspberries (the first of the two cake shots); the photo of the box of pears and the one of just the carrots (orange and black). I am excited to try these recipes!

  54. August 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Everything looks extremely tasty :) Now I can’t wait for dinner time to come.

    inventory clerk job London

  55. August 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Will try it to day! :) )

  56. August 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    You are so bloody talented its unreal! I can’t Wait to get your cookbook!
    The 2 images that stand out the most to me are the top diptyc with the pumpkin soup and the single shot with the poussins, however, as I said I think all your shots are amazing..

  57. August 9, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Nom Nom Nom Nom!
    I’m eating with my eyes!!!

    There are 2 images I like most….
    The Chocolate Cake photo’s colour combo of Red, Brown, Cream and Green with the grey/blue cloth, mixed with it’s composition, work beautifully for me.
    Secondly, the Beef and Guinness Pie photo so tasty looking for same reasons: the colour pallet and composition make it look so rich.
    Keep it coming Katie!


  58. August 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    For the chocolate fudge cake, the cake instructions mention sifting cocoa, but I do not see any cocoa in the ingredient list??

  59. August 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Actually I don’t see eggs on the ingredient list for the fudge cake either, only in the instructions & it doesn’t say how many…this recipe looks so good, please help!

  60. August 11, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Christine – thank for pointing those two errors out, I must just totally have missed them when I was typing the recipes out and checking them (any proofreaders out there looking for a job?!) I’ve amended now so all should be fine. Thanks K

  61. August 13, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Am I too late? The first two, side by side, really float my boat.

    I haven’t read any of the other comments. Just shooting from the hip.

  62. November 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.

    Audrey Hepburn

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