Autumn Yums: 4 things I can’t wait to eat

I don’t know about anyone else but it feels like this summer has lasted forever! Finally the nights are starting to come in a bit sooner, and there’s a little bit of a chill in the air. I’m looking forward to getting the blankets out, wearing jumpers and lighting the fire (and so is our cat!). I’m also looking forward to autumn food. Oh yes, it’s a great season for eating. Here’s my top picks!

 

Butternut squash EVERYTHING.

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With sage and roasted. In a risotto. Pureed and on pasta. Butternut squash is one of my favourite vegetables to cook with, because the texture is so versatile. It stands up to long slow-cooking to become silky, soft and unctuous. It roasts beautifully. It mashes and shreds perfectly into sauces. Oh, I love it so much.

 

Pie and peas 

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Bonfire night is one of my favourite times of the year – I just love the cosy feel of standing by the bonfire, eating pie and peas and watching fireworks! Hey, who wouldn’t? Back when I was a fussy eater growing up, I used to only eat the pastry and jelly of pork pies and leave the middle (!!). Now I’m a fully-fledged pork pie aficionado. My favourites are from Wilson’s who have shops in Crossgates and Armley.

 

Slow cooker good times

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I got my slow cooker for Christmas last year, so missed out on the autumn rush of stews. I’m excited to try some variations on beef (I usually stick to a bourguignon) and maybe some lamb on the bone. There’s nothing like coming home to the smell of your dinner already cooked, or to spending a whole day smelling it and it driving you mad. I LOVE my slow cooker.

 

Everything with Sprouts 

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I know they divide opinion but I really am a fan of the round green fun factory that is a sprout. They just taste so… green. This year I’m vowing not just to save them for Christmas but to try them sautéed with bacon, or creamed on pasta, or even curried. Last year I put them on sticks for my Christmas kebabs that went down a treat with work.

Have I missed anything? What are you looking forward to eating this autumn?

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