Seasonal Tastes: October

In Season October

Autumn is usually a time to feast on root vegetables and squashes, thoses lovely oven bakes, pies and mashes that include Sweet Potatoe, Butternut Squash, Pumpkin and Beetroot.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love these vegetables, and the warmth that they bring on a fresh Autumn day. But I feel as a result some vegetables get left out of the converstaion. So for the sake of being equal and fair I have decided to pick out some of Octobers bounty that doesnt seem to get as much air time.

For me the ultimate addition to a slow roasted veg mix is Celeriac, whislt it may like an ugly sort of vegetable it certainly packs a punch in the flavour deparment and is certainly worth playing around with. Personally I love Celeriac mash. But if you fancy something a bit more exotic – why not try Celeriac Fries or Celeriac and Beet Salad.

Then comes Fennel, not the sort of vegetable to expect to find in an Autumn vegetable line up – frankly the poor old Fennel is too green- but boy does it add flavour. I love fennel in fish stew – you can find my recipe here. But if you are feeling more adventurous what about trying it in a salad?

Then finally the Artichoke. I have added the Artichoke because personally I have always overlooked it. I have never cooked with Artichoke and hardly ever eaten it. But I think it is time to change. So I have decided my goal for this Autumn is to finally give the good old Artichoke the run out it deserves. Here are a few of the recipes I am tempted to try. 

Artichoke Risotto and Globe Artichoke and Vinaigrette. Now hopefully that is enough to be getting on with for one month!

Fennel from here, Globe Artichoke from here, Celeriac from here

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