Suddenly, we’re in September and the mornings seem to have a nip to them. Now, I’m holding off putting on the heating, but I’m also secretly looking forward to autumn activities in the kitchen. These are my favourites:
Picking the sloes ready for my sloe gin – if you’re not sure how, then I really recommend Lindy Wildsmith’s book, Artisanal Drinks.
Making elderberry jelly – this is why I leave some blossom on my trees in the spring, as elderflower cordial is pretty easy to find round here (Belvoir Cordials are about 2 miles north of me), and elderberry jelly is a great accompaniment to roasted meats later in the winter. It’s the reason why I had to ring Lakeland for ideas after a purchase fail, but been great ever since.
Balsamic beef in the slow cooker – this is my favourite dish to cook in the slow cooker, and I have to freeze any leftovers as soon as possible. Otherwise there aren’t any leftovers for very long! It’s dead simple and I use the recipe from Add a Pinch.
Using up the tomato glut – there always is one, and the most useful thing to me is to convert them into a slow cooked tomato sauce. Perfect for pizza topping or adding to the casseroles over the winter.
Thinking about Christmas eating – ok, so I said the C word. But I work in retail, and it’s been Christmas for months on our minds. And I love Christmas, and all the eating around Christmas. And sometimes I like to be organised.
These are the upsides that I’m having to focus on, when actually I’m feeling a bit cheated on the sunshine front. But good eating ahead is definitely a gift to all food lovers. What do you love about this time of year?