So it’s goodbye summer and hello autumn; and although it’s a tragedy waving goodbye to the two warm, long, hazy summer nights we had, I’m really looking forward to the next six months of eating.
Game is about to come into its prime and with it all the flavours that marry so well – autumnal fruits, pears, apples, chestnuts, quinces, parsnips, cabbages, cavolo nero and beetroots.
Dare I even mention Christmas yet? Although I’m already looking forward to that, quite possibly my favourite meal of the year.
Our menu at the restaurant changes now quite significantly with the change in the seasons. Partridge replace pork and earthy, deep soups take the place of light, fresh salads.
We put on things like cock-a-leekie, a perfect example of the warming, flavourful fare we should be devouring at this time of year.
It’s a time for crumble, for risotto flavoured with pumpkin and pancetta, for stews and braises. Having said that, the sun will probably come out again tomorrow…