Eating with the Season: OCTOBER – The round-up!

Here comes the round-up for Eating with the Seasons: OCTOBER, with plenty of great eating ideas for this month! I’m very sorry for the delay!

Thank you all for your fabulous entries!

 

 

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

 

 

Fruit

 

Apples

 

Apple Crumble ~ Sunita from Sunita’s World (UK)

Apple is the queen of the autumn fruit. Here in the UK, there are so many different varieties that’s impossible to get bored of them. They’re perfect in a crumble where their soft texture contrasts with the crisp of the crumble, and their tartness complements he mellowness of the topping. I love Sunita’s twist on this dish, especially the use of spices (including chili!) and the combination of apples and pistachio!  A master in her art, she makes a good old crumble – exciting!

 

Steamed Apple Pudding

Steamed apple pudding ~ Celia at English Patis (West Midlands, UK)

‘The steaming method guaranteed a moist and luscious cake. Plus the tangy sour-sweet apple topping is so lovely marrying well with the treacly fragrance of the golden syrup in the cake,’ says Celia.  ‘One of those comfort food you’ll love to have on a chilly day.’ Perfect with warm custard. Yes, please! :)

 

 

Pork Tenderloin with Apples & Sour Cream ~ Laura at The Spiced Life (SW Ohio, USA)

Laura (with a really well-named blog The Spiced Life) cooks up a gorgeous autumnal dish of pork tenderloin with apples and sour cream, and shows once again how fantastic apples can be in savoury dishes, through a classic combination of apples and pork!

 

Ground-cherries

 

Poached ground-cherries ~ Andrea at Cooking Books (New York, USA)

Ground cherries, similar to Cape gooseberries, used to be common in the USA, but nowadays they are a rare find at the farmers’ market. And what a lucky find they are! Andrea poaches them, and spoons the warm fruit over ice-cream!

 

 

Plums

Plum Frangipane Tart

Italian Frangipane Plum Tart ~ Becke from Columbus Foodie (Columbus, OH, USA)

‘Italian plums are smaller and tarter than traditional plums, but they’re ideal for baking’, says Becke. This variety has a very short season in Ohio, and she’s making the best of it by baking this delicious tart with a nutty almond filling and topped with gorgeous, moist plums.

 

Rum plum clafoutis ~ Lisa at Lisa’s Kitchen (London, Ontario, Canada)

‘Clafoutis [pronounced klah-foo-TEE] are wonderful old French baked fruit desserts with pudding-like custard toppings,’ says Lisa. They’re normally made with pitted cherries, but this time she makes it with sweet juicy plums soaked in rum! YUM!

 

 

Vegetables

 

Brussel sprouts

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Best ever brussel sprouts with bacon and shallots ~ Sylvie at A Pot of Tea and a Biscuit (UK)

Attention, everyone! Here is an idea for a Christmasy side dish from Sylvie as she cooks up her sprouts with bacon and shallots! If you’re not a fan of sprouts, this may be one dish that will win you over !

 

Pumpkin

 Creamy pumpkin and apple soup ~ Priya at Priya’s Easy N Tasty Recipes (Paris, France)

No vegetable says autumn like pumpkin, and nothing says comfort like warm creamy soup. Enjoy this creamy soup by Priya with a slight tang of sour apple.

 

pumpkin-pie

Traditional pumpkin pie ~ Mansi at Fun and Food Cafe (California, USA)

Pumpkin is not used just in savoury cooking. Mansi bakes a traditional American pumpkin pie, flavoured with vanilla and spice with ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Perfect for the upcoming Halloween! (This gorgeous photo is courtesy of Best Baking.)

 

Mixed vegetables

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Pav Bhaji ~ Bhawana at Tastes of India (New Delhi, India)

Bhawana makes a pav bhaji with mixed vegetables, a favourite of her husband, to celebrate their Engagement Anniversary! Pav Bhaji is popular  fast food in India. Pav(paav or pao) is kind of bread and bhaji means mix of vegetables.

 

 

Meat

 

Partridge

 

Roasted partridge with braised lentils and butternut squash ~ Angela from A Spoonful of Sugar (UK)

Angela combines seasonal partridges with braised lentils and butternut squash for a perfect autumnal meal. And the desert is, of course, just like in the song: ‘… and a partridge in a pear tree’… – baked pears!

 

 

sOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

 

 

Vegetables

 

Asparagus

 

Asparagus soldiers and boiled eggs ~  Snjezana at dalmacija down under (Melbourne, Australia)

The spring has arrived in Australia, and spring brings asparagus to Snjezana. Not the wild asparagus which remind her of her home in Croatia, but nevertheless delicious. Simply dipped in the soft-boiled egg. There is a lot of goodness in simple pleasures of life, too.

 

 

Eating with the Seasons: NOVEMBER

In the mist

Draped in hues of gold, the world looks strangely festive while November spells real autumn here, with its breath of cool air on my cheek. The first proper pangs of cold confuse us warm Mediterranean types, and all I want to do is curl my fingers around a bowl of hot warming, spicy soup, recover and hibernate. And when it comes to soups, there’s plenty of veg to choose from, as autumn vegetables really come into their own in November, just when we need them most. Eat the Seasons is a great guide on seasonal foods here in Britain, and a valuable resource that I often refer to. According to them, you can choose from: artichoke, beetroot, butternut squash, celeriac, celery, chicory, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips, potatoes (main crop), pumpkin, swede, turnips, watercress and wild mushrooms.

As for the fruits, apples reign, closely followed by pears. Autumn is when they’re at their absolute best. They’re in good company, too, with chestnuts, cranberries, elderberries, quince, and walnuts in abundance.

To see which meat and fish is in season, check out the Eat the Seasons website!

Once again, I’d like to invite you to share your autumnal November recipes with us, and take part in the Eating with the Seasons: November event 

 

Join me!

 

EATING WITH THE SEASONS

 

  • Go and find out what’s in season where you live in NOVEMBER.
  • You can choose: fruit, vegetables, fish, meat.
  • Write a post/text if you are a non-blogger containing a recipe and/or information about your chosen seasonal item. You may post more than one recipe.
  • Post it and email it to me before 15 NOVEMBER, and I’ll post a round-up in a few days. The plan is to go from 15th to 15th in the month (eventually), so we have some time to enjoy the recipes for dishes that are in season.

 

To take part:

Please send an e-mail to maninas [DOT] wordpress [AT] yahoo [DOT[ co [DOT] uk including the following information:

  • your name and country (and town if you wish)
  • your seasonal item
  • name & link to your blog
  • name of your post & link to your post
  • one photograph
  • with ‘Eating with the season’ in the subject line of your e-mail
  • & please link to this post

 

 

Eating with the Seasons update

Hi All,

Just to let you know that I’m extending the deadline for Eating with the Seasons: October until Saturday noon (British time). I won’t be able to post the round-up until then anyway, so I thougth I’d give you more chances to submit your October recipes for the event. Many fantastic entries have already come my way, so stay tuned!

Maninas

REMINDER: Eating with the Seasons – OCTOBER

Join me!

 

EATING WITH THE SEASONS

  • Go and find out what’s in season where you live in OCTOBER.
  • You can choose: fruit, vegetables, fish, meat.
  • Write a post/text if you are a non-blogger containing a recipe and/or information about your chosen seasonal item. You may post more than one recipe.
  • Post it and email it to me before 15 OCTOBER, and I’ll post a round-up in a few days. The plan is to go from 15th to 15th in the month (eventually), so we have some time to enjoy the recipes for dishes that are in season.

 

To take part: 

Please send an e-mail to maninas [DOT] wordpress [AT] yahoo [DOT[ co [DOT] uk including the following information:

  • your name and country (and town if you wish)
  • your seasonal item
  • name & link to your blog
  • name of your post & link to your post
  • one photograph
  • with ‘Eating with the season’ in the subject line of your e-mail
  • & please link to this post

I look forward to your entries!

 

 

 

Delicious Cornwall

I’ve been meaning to tell you about our fantastic trip to Cornwall for ages. I knew I’d like it in Cornwall, but I didn’t quite expect how much I’d love it, how it would woo me. As they say, love comes in through the stomach. Here are a few things we loved in Cornwall.

 

1) Excellent restaurants

Some Cornwall’s restaurants we’ve eaten in deserve a special post. And my special thanks go to the chefs and staff of The Wave in St. Ives, and of the Gurnard’s Head, near Zennor, for their creative and mouthwatering food! In particular, the staff at the Gurnard’s Head deserve special mention because of their friendliness and informativeness.

We simply didn’t have enough days and nights to try everywhere we wanted to try, so we said good-bye to Cornwall with a list of restaurants to try when we come back next. I can’t wait! 

The Wave, St Ives

 

2) The best fish and chips in the world

I can safely say I’ve had the best fish and chips in the world now.

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The Jewell Chippie in Newlyn sells the most amazing, freshly caught, freshly cooked fish and chips, with daily specials that include lemon sole and scallops. We’ve had one (massive) portion of freshly cooked lemon sole that was just out of this world. Firstly, the fish was freshly caught (the chippie is just behind the harbour, and they buy fresh fish every day). Secondly, it was freshly cooked. Thirdly, and importantly, it was really very well cooked. Just right. Moist and tasty. Non-greasy. Also, it was served by very friendly staff, and incredibly cheap. I give it my vote for the best chippie in the world! This really was something special.

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Funnily, we ate our bounty sitting on a wall in a car park opposite the harbour, but boy what a view we had!

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3) The best cream tea I’ve ever had

The whole of Cornwall is famous for its cream tea, with gorgeous Rodda’s Clotted Cream. In The Kitchen, Polperro, I’ve had the best cream tea ever, with beautiful scones and delicious local strawberry jam.

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4) Fantastic ice-creams

What is a summer without ice-cream? I’m delighted to report that we found excellent ice-cream everywhere in Cornwall, but were particularly impressed by Moomaid ice-cream from Zennor. 

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5) Beers, pasties, etc.

Cornish are proud of their food, and rightly so. They have excellent seafood, and some really very good local produce (try the Cornish blueberries when in season!). We had some stunning local beers in Cornwall. The Cornish Blonde (note, this is not the same as the Celtic Blonde) is a blond beer, with summery notes of heather and hay – one of the best beers I’ve ever had.

You simply cannot go to Cornwall without trying the famous Cornish Pasty. The Philps pasties from Hayle are especially good.

Invite for the pasties

Yes, we will definitely return to Cornwall. I miss it already.