In the interest of inspiring you further in the final days of our #Harvestcal14 I have spent hours trawling through the internet and finding delicious and quick dishes to help you welcome Autumn. Really, this was all for your benefit dear reader, never think that this was self motivated or gratifying. Nope. I have not queued up several of the soups or cookies for my own delighted gorging. I am purely doing this for your benefit.
So here we go, a round up of what I will be trying out over the coming month. I've deliberately not chosen crockpot/ skillet dishes and those that require a specific kitchen item in the interests of keeping this easy for everyone. One recipe that requires a thermometer crept in but in the case of Brittle, I think we can be forgiving, no? I also had to restrain myself on the baking front. Expect more recipe suggestions because this time of year makes for incredible baking.
Butternut Squash, Celeriac, Parsnip & Apple Soup via Inspiring the Everyday. This is a smooth soup which long term readers will know I have a distrust of but I think I could work with this. There's also an incredible looking Apple and Fig Salad with Hazelnuts on the same page that I'm sure the Tot would gorge on because she loves apples and figs. (Side note: please do be careful of nuts and mini people and allergy sufferers)
Chunky Autumn Vegetable Soup via Recipe.com. Let's all be in love with chunky soups.
Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan via Oh How She Glows. Something entirely different from our usual repertoire but I have a sneaky feeling this could become a regular side dish around here. Yum.
Dinner and Main Meals:
A one pan oven roasted Medley of Autumnal fare such as apples and sweet potato as well as sausage. Perfect for families and budget friendly too. I suspect the Tot will love this combination of sweet and savoury. Thanks to BudgetBytes for this one.
Cider-Dijon Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples via Epicurious. I'm not really a great fan of meat, especially pork but I do feel like Autumn flavours lend themselves particularly well to pork. I am very tempted by this dish it has to be said, something the meat loving Giant will surely rejoice to hear I'm sure.
Mushroom foraging is one of the many Autumnal foraging delights I would love to get better at. This Twice-Baked and Stuffed Butternut Squash via 12Tomatoes has the prettiest mushrooms. I think mushrooms are so delicately fascinating. If you've been following me on Instagram you'd already know that weird fact about me.
These Favourite Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction had me at the first mention of cranberries. Cranberry and pumpkin? Perfect flavours to combine.
Caramel Apple Cider Cookies thanks to The Girl Who Are Everything. I've loved this food blogger for a while and have had a great number of successes with her baking recipes in the past. Definitely a treat for me on cold mornings after the childcare drop off.
Autumn Brittle via Adventures in Cooking. You will need a thermometer which would normally put me off as I STILL need to purchase this kitchen instrument but I think this might be the push I've needed for a while.
Autumn Bourbon Sangria via The LifeStyled Blog. Incredibly tempting pictures. I always switch from white to red wine the minute I feel a chill in the air. It's a tradition that I think could stand the addition of fruits and whiskey.
Rethinking my slight wariness of the overwhelming sweetness of Mulled Cider thanks to Martha Stewart's version with maple and peppercorns. Yes. You heard it here first: I'm doing this.
Apple Pie Moonshine via Sweet C's Designs. It's even presented in Mason Jars. Super cute.
So jump in and join us for the harvestcal14 and don't forget, you can win prizes too!