autumn ~ the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
Here in the North of England the nights are really drawing in now ~ we will have about 8 hours of daylight today. The weather is grey, wet, and windy. As the tide rolls in it brings a clinging mist with it. It’s time to think about recipes that are going to be nice and warming to come home to. November is a darkling month for us.
Jessica at How Sweet Eats has this fabulous recipe for Tuscan tomato bean soup with kale, and if you know anything at all about Italy you’ll know that Italian winters can be even colder and wetter than our home-grown English version. A healthy warming soup is just what you need for cold, wet weather.
Tuscan Tomato Bean Soup with Kale
From Erin Clarke at Well Plated by Erin we have this crockpot beef stew recipe. The thing about slow cooked beef is that one can use cheaper cuts, and it’s still going to be deliciously fall-apart tender. Here I would add carrots, swede, and potato for the vegetables.
Crockpot Beef Stew
Tieghan Gerard at How Sweet Eats has this fabulous-looking 30 minute coq au vin chicken meatballs with browned butter mashed potatoes. I just have to try this recipe.
30 Minute Coq au Vin Chicken Meatballs
Our first collection this week is for 10 heart healthy fall dinners from Tamara Hoerner at Purple Almond Wellness. I especially like the look of this roasted chicken and garlic potatoes with red pepper relish, originally from WomansDay. Looks really warming, delcious, and healthy.
Roasted Chicken and Garlic Potatoes with Red Pepper Relish
Feta-Brined Roast Chicken
Last December Olive Magazine published their 30 best ever one-pot / slow-cooker recipes, and I very much like the look and sound of their brisket sandwiches with beer onions and blue cheese. How nice with a glass of good English beer!
Brisket Sandwiches with Beer Onions and Blue Cheese
Autumn carries gold in its breath
Call it Autumn, or call it the Fall, now is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. The days are shortening, the wind is a little colder, and the trees are covered in beaten gold, copper, and brown.
Perhaps this is also a time to change our recipes as the fresh, local ingredients drift from summer fruits to the richer fare of Autumn. This is no longer the time to try and keep that svelte bikini figure, perhaps now we can allow for that extra pound or two that will make our fall wardrobe fit a little better. So, here is a selection of recipes which may tempt you as this season for reflection begins.
First up this week is Tifanny from Creme de la Crumb who offers us something very warming for when the autumn nights draw in; instant pot roast and potatoes. I really like the instant part.
Instant Pot Roast and Potatoes
From Heather Christo we have this beautiful roasted butternut squash soup, which is vegan, and these days that’s a good thing. This recipe is also a good thing for those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving.
Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Minimalist Baker has a perfect recipe for the fall; 1 hour fall pot pies. This is a 10 ingredient dish that we really can make in just an hour,and these are vegan too.
Vegan 1 Hour Fall Pot Pies
We seem to be hitting a vegan / vegetarian theme this week, because Half Baked Harvest’s September 23rd post, (the date of the equinox), was herby buttered mushroom stroganoff. I’m guessing that it would be pretty easy to turn this 30 minute recipe into a vegan dish.
Herby Buttered Mushroom Stoganoff
Back to our soup menu, (and who doesn’t like a warming soup on a chilly autumn evening), and Claudia Cash at Simply Recipes offers her 11 best soups to make in the Fall. I am especially intrigued by this recipe for baked potato soup ~ just how fabulous does that sound! I’m especially glad that bacon features in this dish.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
We have gone really crazy with our final collection for this week, from Country Living magazine; 70 Fall recipes you’ll want to make all season long. Totally ignoring the shaved Brussels sprouts salad, (yuck), I’ve picked out this easy sheet pan chicken with sweet potatoes apples and Brussels sprouts, from Erin Clarke at Well Plated by Erin.
Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes Apples and Brussels Sprouts
perfect for fall
You like autumn? Don’t call it fall. You like fog wet dog boggy footpaths mud? Fur scarf hat gloves separating love’s touch. Cider with cinnamon vomit stinks I think warm beer the only fit drink for an English man. Cinnamon satisfies women but don’t call it fall. It’s autumn mists mellow fruitfulness hopelessness dreariness missing your touch too much don’t call it fall. California knows no bitter winter touch what is autumn to you? Sadness last verbal touch telephone call isn’t much don’t call again. Beginnings told me of multiple men my long drinking winter began don’t call it fall.
words and pictures by jack collier
LOVE IN SUMMER
Summer to Fall
I said November
and you saw the gold of the Fall
I smelled the mould
and you heard the grey geese call
I touched your hand
and you brushed your lips on my cheek
you heard the band play
and I heard discordant screech
I saw brown leaves drop
but you saw the umber and gold
I saw a poor apple crop
and you tasted hot cider mulled
Autumn, and you said that it’s time
I stood there in silence
you just walked away
the end of a romance
Like Summer it had its day
by Jack Collier