Winter Warmer

Winter has arrived in Tasmania! The days are shorter, the nights are cooler and it’s the perfect time of year for making soup.

Although the weather may be bitter, our meals certainly do not need to be! During these cooler months, it’s a great chance to make the most of the seasonal vegetables and fruits in Tasmania. Eating fruits and vegetables in season offers a variety of food all year round, and can help us keep costs down as these foods are often cheaper.

At this time of year, there is a good variety of seasonal fruits available such as apples and pears. For a warm breakfast idea, why not add stewed apple and pear to a warm bowl of porridge? Or, for a warm winter’s meal, why not try our hearty root vegetable soup? It is full of seasonal vegetables and perfect on a cold winter’s night.

For more information on what’s in season and winter recipes, head to the Eat Well Tasmania website.

Hearty Root Vegetable Soup


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, diced finely
2 carrots, chopped
2 sweet potatoes, chopped
2 parsnips, chopped
1 red chilli, roughly chopped, or a teaspoon of chilli flakes (optional)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
85 grams dried green lentils
1.5 litres vegetable stock
400 milliliters milk
½ cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon coriander leaves, chopped


Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the onions and fry for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the remaining vegetables and cook for another 5 minutes, adding the chilli and cumin for the final 2 minutes.

Add the lentils and stock to the pan. Bring to the boil, then lower heat and simmer for 25 minutes until vegetables are tender and lentils are soft. Blend or mash, adding the milk and a little extra water or stock, if needed. Season with pepper and reheat until hot.

Ladle into bowls and serve with a spoon of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of chopped coriander.