I had the good intention of writing an inspiring post each month, to highlight what’s in season and link to some recipes from my vast blog archives. I managed it for a few months but with COVID, trips to Norfolk, work and well, life in general I’m way behind. But instead of scrapping those posts altogether, I thought I would make them a quarterly instalments instead, as that’s hopefully more manageable. Let’s call it seasonal inspiration.
It’s now October and autumn is in full swing. So without much further ado I would like to present to you a few autumnal favourites. You will see mushroom recipes, stews and soups and pretty much all things autumnal. Happy cooking!
This starter with burrata, fried girolles, brown butter and dill is just phenomenal and a great dish for transitioning into autumn. (I know at least some of us are struggling to accept that summer is over…)
This spaghetti carbonara with girolles is another favourite this time of year. I love the combination of fried mushrooms and creamy pasta. So comforting and delicious!
If you fancy more of a project, why not make your own mushroom ravioli from scratch?! It’s as satisfying as it is delicious!
This toast is one of my autumnal favourites. You know those cold rainy days when you just need a hug in the shape of melted cheese?! This will make you feel better. The combination of earthy mushrooms + creamy brie + fragrant rosemary is amazing. Especially when topped on crispy butter-fried bread.
Another great autumnal dish is this pork fillet en croûte with a mushroom filling. Delicious and dinner party worthy!
Moving on to stews, this lamb stew with red wine, cream and mushrooms is one of my favourites to make because it’s so easy – yet so warming and lovely!
Autumn is also (finally!) the time for soups! Carrot and coriander soup has become a firm favourite since I moved to the UK. Before that I thought this would be a strange combination but it really works!
On a cold night nothing beats hot soup and melted cheese, and this broccoli soup with cheddar combines the two! It’s basically broccoli cheese made into a soup and I’m here for it!
I’m really into sweet potatoes at the moment and this soup with lemongrass is wonderful and totally vegan (if you use vegetable stock).
It wouldn’t be autumn without pumpkin and this roasted butternut squash with Persian pesto and feta is just to die for.
Last but not least, we obviously need to include apples. This is hands down the best apple cake there is! It has a nice crunchy top that makes it unusual but also utterly delicious. With a hint of cinnamon of course!
I also love this yoghurt pannacotta with soft baked apples and a hint of rosemary! The perfect autumn pudding!
There you are – a nice little selection of my favourite autumn recipes! Let me know if you try any of them and how you get on.