With 10 days to go before winter technically starts, Autumn isn’t looking overly well…autumnal.
As I write this it’s a sunny 26C, the sea temperature is as lovely as it was in peak summer. The tomatoes are still flourishing, again like mid summer. The sun is still with a bite to it that makes you seek shade, sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat, (responsible sun use in this country is not something to be taken lightly.)
While a recent trip to the Blue Mountains saw lots of beautiful Autumn colour changes, this isn’t particularly evident closer to sea level. It’s simply too warm, too dry and with that I have a garden regularly gasping for water.
I live in an area where there should be seasonal changes showing by now, and when those differences are rather minute?
I can’t help but be a bit worried.
How about you? Are your seasons as they should be? Is there rain?
The eggplant and basil have slowly slipped away and been replaced with potatoes, brussel sprouts and beetroot. Meals are being planned around pumpkin, mandarins are being snacked on and kale? Well kale is fairly consistently there.
I’ve said it before, but I will say it again. I feel that we are incredibly lucky living in an area that has such abundance in food varieties, despite the different seasons. The cooler seasons where in some parts of the world, the eating would start getting incredibly restrictive, here just gives us a different array of colours, tastes and still we get to keep it relatively local. That right there, is pretty damn wonderful.
no more eggplant
Some delicious things to look out for coming into the winter season
What’s cooking in your kitchen at the moment? Is it now the beginnings of Winter or Summer for you?
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With cooler weather finally arrived, it’s quite nice to have the oven on again for longer periods. No sweltering in the kitchen, followed by desperate throwing open of windows to catch a passing breeze. Instead, an inviting warm cosiness, that encourages lingering within the kitchen and regular taste testing.
Team that kitchen warmth up, with the last of the afternoon sun and a hungry belly- and scones it is. Not just any scones though. Savoury scones, that speak of autumn colours and warming spices.
Just the thing to go with a chunky soup.
Indian Spiced Pumpkin Scones
50g softened butter
1 cup mashed local pumpkin
1 tsp dried coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp tumuric
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2- 3 cups s/r flour*
(*depends on the water content of your pumpkin)
Cream butter and spices together. Whisk in all other ingredients except the flour. Fold in flour with a knife. Turn out on to a floured surface and lightly knead, just until the ingredients come together. Make a roundish shape circle with the dough, and roughly divide. Pop on to a baking tray and bake at 210C for about 20 minutes.