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Winter salads to try: flavor and health on the plate – Gordon Ramsay’s version

Winter salads to try: flavor and health on the plate


Winter isn’t just the season for hot soups and hearty dishes. It’s also the ideal time to to experiment with rich, nutritious salads and full of flavour. Winter salads, with their fresh and seasonal ingredients, are a perfect combination of health and taste. In this article, we discover three winter salad recipes that not only delight the palate, but also enrich your table with colors and vital nutrients.

Colorful and nutritious salads

Fennel and orange salad with pomegranate, the recipe to color your table

The fennel and orange salad with pomegranate is a riot of colors and flavours. Fennel, with its slightly aniseed taste, pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of oranges and the burst of flavor from pomegranate. This salad is not only a feast for the eyes, but it is also rich in vitamins and antioxidants, making it a great choice for a healthy and invigorating meal.

Green salad, the super creamy salad that drove the web crazy

The green salad, famous on the web, is an example of how a simple salad can be transformed into a rich and satisfying dish. Made up of various leafy greens, such as spinach or kale, enriched with avocado for a creamy texture and seeds for a crunchy touch, this salad is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is ideal for those looking for a light but nutritious meal, capable of providing energy and well-being.

Tasty and substantial salads

Shrimp and vegetable salad, the recipe to enjoy in company

Shrimp and vegetable salad is a perfect recipe for those who want a tasty and light meal. Shrimp is an excellent source of lean protein and combines beautifully with the freshness of crunchy vegetables. This salad is ideal for a dinner with friends or as a main meal, offering a perfect balance between taste and lightness.

Winter salads are an extraordinary opportunity for food and wine lovers to explore new flavors and seasonal ingredients. From the fennel and orange salad with pomegranate to the Green Salad, to the prawn salad, each recipe offers a unique culinary experience, rich in flavours, colors and nutrients. Experimenting with these salads means not only nourishing the body, but also delighting the palate with every bite.


Meal Plan Monday #249 – Southern Plate by Gordon Ramsay

Meal Plan Monday #249 - Southern Plate


Welcome to Meal Plan Monday 249!

Hey Y’all! Welcome to our delicious weekly edition of Meal Plan Monday where you’ll find all sorts of amazing recipes.

Meal planning inspiration has never been easier. Pull up a chair and grab yourself a glass of iced tea and let’s have a look at all of the tasty dishes.

There’s something for everyone and you’ll find recipes for every meal of the day including plenty of desserts.

Featured Recipes at Meal Plan Monday 249

Casserole dish spooning out cabbage casserole

Fried Cabbage Casserole from The Buttered Home

We’re loving Brooke’s spin on a classic Southern dish by transforming it into a mouthwatering casserole. Yes, we’ll have seconds please!

Red Hot Fluff Dessert in a serving bowl

Red Hot Fluff from These Old Cookbooks

Red hot fluff is an old school recipe for a cinnamon dessert that we’ll just call a salad and love every bite of it!

Crock Pot Whole Cooked Chicken on a garnished platter

Simple Crockpot Whole Chicken from Mommy Hates Cooking

Let the slow cooker deliver a delicious chicken dinner to your table with ease.

Host Feature of the Week

Amazing drop biscuits

Cheddar Garlic Drop Biscuits from Julia’s Simply Southern

Please excuse us for drooling but we can’t help ourselves. If you find those little biscuits at your local seafood place addictive then these are gonna knock your socks off.



Creamy Chocolate Frosting – Southern Plate by Gordon Ramsay

Creamy Chocolate Frosting - Southern Plate


Creamy Chocolate Frosting! THE BEST!

As I was leaving to go on a trip awhile back, I promised my kids that when we got back we’d make a cake with Creamy Chocolate Frosting on it together and I’d let them decorate it. 

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret today that most of you have already picked up on. If you want a cake or dessert to taste extra special, there is one no fail method of making sure that happens.

How To Make Your Cake Taste Better

No matter how many times you’ve made it, no matter how ordinary the recipe may seem, cakes taste better if you let kids decorate them. ~smiles~ Seriously.

chocolateicing-082For this Creamy Chocolate Frosting, use whatever cake or brownie recipe gets your zizzwheel a goin’ and then the icing is a cinch.

Now let me tell you why I love this frosting, it has to do with my dropped-on-his-head-as-a-child-husband. You see, his favorite icing (until this one) was store bought canned chocolate icing. Insert GASP here!

He actually preferred store bought icing to homemade. You see what I have to live with! 🙂

Is This Better Than Store Bought?

Well yes! Because what differentiates this recipe from the store bought kind is, of course, flavor. This frosting is absolutely exploding with chocolate. Its smooth, creamy, and causes everyone who tastes it to do a double take because by looking at it, you are expecting it to be store bought canned icing but OH NO, none of that plastic, preservative filled flavor here. This is the real deal my pretties!


Ingredients to Make An Easy Creamy Chocolate Frosting Recipe:

  • Milk
    Cocoa powder
  • Softened butter
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered sugar

TIP To Make This Process MUCH Easier:

Make sure your butter is softened or this is gonna be a bear!

How To Make Homemade Creamy Chocolate Frosting Step by Step


In a large mixing bowl, place butter and cocoa powder.

TIP:  How to Make This Frosting Thicker and Richer

Now if you want this to be even richer and more decadent, you can use dutch process cocoa and you’ll end up with a dark chocolate frosting rather than a milk chocolate one. Either way, you’re pretty much set!


Add a cup of confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar, whatever you wanna call it).


Add just a bit of milk. The recipe calls for two tablespoons and I am busted here.

Lost Your Tablespoon In The Abyss of Your Drawer?  

I don’t like to search for a tablespoon when I cook most of the time so I just use the cap of the milk jug and eyeball it. Two tablespoons? I figure about three caps full will do the trick. Feel free to use a tablespoon and be more accurate if you like. I’m setting a bad example but sometimes y’all need a bad example….


Mix all of that up until creamy. This is gonna be really thick. At first it will be lumpy but stick with it and it’ll get all smooth like this, although still very thick.


Add the remainder of your milk


and confectioner’s sugar

Mix that up well.


Add vanilla and mix again, until it’s all smooth, silky, creamy, and chocolaty.

Dip your finger in to taste it…oh alright dip a spoon in if you must ~rolls eyes~ but your granny just dipped a finger in.

Yeah, its good, isn’t it? Even if you don’t do that..you just HAVE to do this:


Everyone knows beaters don’t come clean unless someone licks them first!

I learned this in college, honest!

Creamy Chocolate Frosting! THE BEST!

Frost your cake with this silky smooth bit of heaven.

How to Decorate A Cake With Your Chocolate Frosting

I made two small cakes in square pans because I promised the kids I’d let them decorate the cake.

I didn’t bother taking them out of the pans to make it easier for the kids to decorate (and hold for pictures).


Of course you can use anything on earth to decorate a cake but today the kids are going to use M&M’s, sprinkles, and Alpha Bit’s cereal.


I put a little of each topping in separate bowls for each child to avoid WWIII breaking out at my house…

And a little chocolate on their clothes just makes it more fun!


In the background you’ll see that I had to interrupt their game of bowling to get them to do this..


Every photo involving a four year old that is NOT out of focus is a product of divine intervention. I am convinced of this.


Brady was going for a happy faced M&M man.

Katy was going for..putting as many M&M’s on chocolate icing as I would possibly allow her to in order to eat them later.




And that is my little Miss Priss, with a cake pretty as she is! Love it, Katy!!

Creamy Chocolate Frosting


  • 3 C Confectioner’s Sugar powdered sugar
  • 2/3 C Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Cup one stick butter softened
  • 6 T milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • In a large mixing bowl, place margarine, 1 C sugar, cocoa powder, and two Tablespoons of milk. Beat until mixed well and no longer lumpy. It will be thick. Add all remaining ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy.

You may also like these frosting recipes:

Red Velvet Cupcakes and Cream Cheese Frosting

Seven Minute Frosting Foolproof recipe

Rolo Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Cake (From Scratch!) with PB Cream Cheese Frosting

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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