Hard to believe it, but here we are, September 1st already. Personally, I love Autumn: the colours, the flavours, the return to opaque tights.
It also means a crop of new cookbooks, perfect for curling up with now the nights are drawing in. I mean, dark by 8 pm! Here’s a choice few that I’m hoping to work through.
This is perfect for us as a family, with two of us watching our weight for health reasons and three growing teenagers. MFL and I are trying to eat a bit less meat, but the rest of the tribe isn’t necessarily in the same place. I like that each of the recipes starts as a vegetarian recipe but then gives options on adding meat or fish.
I like that each of the recipes starts as a vegetarian recipe but then gives options on adding meat or fish. There are also ways to make suitable for any vegans. So many tasty things, I think I’d start with fig and goat’s cheese salad with candied walnuts. Or if the weather closes in then Malaysian squash and courgette rendang. Either perfect for using the best of Autumn, or garden gluts!
Let’s face it, we were always Team Nigella here. So I’m very excited about a new book, and a new TV series. And it sounds like my view on cooking, to get to that moment of getting everyone around the table.
I don’t think it’ll be fancy, but I bet it’ll be tasty. I haven’t made chicken fricassee in years but I will from this one. And emergency brownies sounds like just the kind of recipe to have on hand.
I think it’s time for a return to the kitchen after a busy summer, particularly now that Bake Off is back. I know I’m going straight to the recipe for Swedish Kanelbullar, as cinnamon buns are just one of my favourite things. I just have to get in quick before the rest of the tribe.
There are lovely fruit pie recipes that are perfect for Autumn cooking and baking. From deep-filled apple pie to roasted plum and frangipane, these sound so delicious. These may not seem to be the most technically advanced recipes, but the attention to detail and finishing touches take these up a level.
I may have mentioned before that I quite like my gin.
At least once.
Maybe more than. But whenever there’s gin, my preference is that there is always the right Fever-Tree tonic to go with it. So, I’ll enjoy reading this one, and coming up with some concoctions from it to oil the wheels of cooking, dinner and conversation. And who knows, maybe serving a gin and tonic, España style, might become my new thing.
As if a new book from Nigella wasn’t enough excitement, then a new book from Ottolenghi as well! Co-authored with Helen Goh, this is going to get a lot of use here. The biggest problem will be deciding where to start.
I just love the list of flavours, let alone the recipe names. With things like saffron, orange and honey madeleines and walnut, rosewater and cinnamon pavlova, I foresee a flavoursome Autumn in the kitchen. Beautiful photography as we’ve come to expect, I can see happy reading time as well as Autumn baking.
Here’s to fabulous Autumn cooking and baking ahead. It’s definitely time to get cosy in the kitchen again. What will you be cooking?
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