It seems as though we’ve walked through the looking glass this week, taking a single step that goes directly from summer to autumn. Going from 30C temperatures to grey and raining, with a dose of the flu, has been a bit of a shock to the system. And this week has had both seasons: still-ripe tomatoes on grilled bread, and then apple sauce with the first of the apples from the tree. Ice lollies from the freezer; and then bookmarking butternut squash soup recipes.
I am doing my best to embrace autumn, but the flu is making that a struggle. Still, I’ve been bookmarking some autumnal recipes, finally going back to finish the glorious Essex Serpent, and assembling some colder weather clothes for my autumn wardrobe. But I’d rather have the golden mists-and-mellow-fruitfellness version than the leaden sky one, all the same.
- Vanilla pudding/bavarois – recipe from Quivering Desserts by Marie Holm (received as a review copy)
- Caesar salad with pancetta – using this caesar dressing from Small Victories by Julia Turshen, about which I have heard many good things (from Dinner: A Love Story; from Smitten Kitchen; and from Lottie + Doof)
- Mexican grilled chicken from Diana Henry’s A Bird in the Hand
Without a recipe:
- Fish and oven chips and peas
- Firezza delivery pizza
- Pasta with ragu from the freezer
- Scrambled eggs on toast
- Diana Henry’s kitchen – when you cook from something a lot, it’s often because the writer’s palate matches your own, more than the strength of the recipes. I feel this way about much of Diana Henry’s output.
- A long but worthwhile piece in the New Yorker, profiling Paul Freedman’s book on the restaurants that changed America. I was lucky enough to sit next to Paul for a meal at the Oxford Food Symposium, and he was utterly charming.
- Pinch of Yum makes no-knead bread even easier, by shaping and baking on parchment paper
- How to season a cast iron pan – mine is a Lodge (like this) that I bought for about $10 brand-new in the U.S. and it’s one of my favourite pans.
- Some recipes to get you in the mood for autumn: Oaty Dunkers from Kate at The Little Loaf; Roasted butternut squash soup from In Jennie’s Kitchen; crispy sourdough waffles from Izy at Top With Cinnamon; vegan prune and chocolate fudge brownies from Tinned Tomatoes; homemade merguez with herby yoghurt from Smitten Kitchen; an amazing sounding vegetarian lasagne from Lottie + Doof.