It has been a while since I wrote for our blog. Too long actually.
The day I started writing this, fall has already arrived. Personally I think it’s the most beautiful season of the year. Despite raining more often nowadays, the beauty of autumn can hardly be surpassed. Even spring sometimes looks envious of the beautiful colours autumn brings us. It is amazing to see how the sunlight shines through the perforated tree crests. And then there are the crazy range of mushrooms crawling out of the moist soil, hidden under a bed of leaves. The children are dancing around them and their lovely smiles and laughter makes me happy :-).
Even in the kitchen there is a lot to do in the fall. Fruits and vegetables are still maturing during the last beautiful summer days, soaking in the last rays of the sun; and deep in ourselves, we know that we need to start conserving them for King Winter. It may become wet and cold and we might prefer to stay indoors, huddling close to the stove during that period. However we can still enjoy those foods that we have now conserved, dried or somehow saved to get us through the winter.
You needn’t be a real kitchen prince or princess, a jar filled with conserved fresh fruits or vegetables will make you proud. The apples and pears are ready to harvest, and if you want to pick the elderberry you have to hurry or the birds will be first. So it’s time to catch all those sweet flavours in jars. The ground is also covered with nuts: chestnuts, hazelnuts, walnuts… they all can be processed in a variety of ways in autumn dishes and pies.
At our vegetable farmer the first pumpkins are ready to decorate the inside or outside of our house. And when the time comes we can cut out a figure out of a pumpkin, together with the children for Halloween. They just love doing those things :-). Somehow this period of the year is full of light, you just have to light up a little candle…
And with the last grapes from your ranking grape vine, you can make a marvellous cheesecake, like we did. You can find the recipe of this cake on our blog. Greetings and enjoy!