The UK's Favourite Winter Comfort Foods

Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

The wind has turned blustery, the rain has been lashing down and some of us have turned our central heating on. It's well and truly autumn and we're cosying up with comfort foods to cheer us up in the chilly, dark evenings. And I remembered a survey from last year, delving into which foods the British consider their favourite comfort food. And according to Sainsbury's, who conducted the research, the winter comfort food most of us reach for is good old Shepherd's Pie.

The meat and potato dish ranked first in a rundown of the most popular comfort foods us Brits love to warm up with in the winter.

Here's the complete 'top five' list: 
  1. Shepherd's Pie
  2. Lasagne
  3. Chicken Curry
  4. Beef Chilli
  5. Chicken and Mushroom Pie

Interestingly, the results also showed that we think that these foods are among the most calorific, with lasagne being the one dish most people would drop if they wanted to lose some weight.

And lasagne was the top choice for comfort with 18-35 year-olds. 

I'd take any of these dishes as perfect winter comfort food, but for me, anything pasta has to win. I am quite surprised not to see a classic beef and ale stew with dumplings on here, or a 'bangers and mash' style dinner, though.

What do you think of the results? What are your favourite winter comfort foods?