Sunday, September 14, 2014

Welcome to the second part of my Seasonal Synopsis series. Today is all about the food! I picked out 3 (actually 4..) easy to make but delicious autumnal recipes that I love to make during that time of the year, featuring a healthy salad, a warming soup and a lovely sweet treat. All of my recipes have one thing in common, they all work with pumpkins because nothing says autumn like a nice pumpkin dish!

Autumnal Salad With Fried Pumpkin, Pears And Walnuts

You'll need [for 4 portions]:

1 big lettuce
1 - 2 pear(s)
2 figs 
~ 150g pumpkin (I used Hokaido pumpkin because the skin on this one is edible and therefore saves a lot of work)
some nutmeg
~ 10 walnuts
3 tbsp vinegar
6 tbsp grape oil
1 tbsp pumpkin oil
salt and pepper

Wash your lettuce and put it all in a big bowl. For the dressing add your vinegar, oil and salt and pepper to taste then pour over the salad in your bowl.
Cut your pumpkin into wedges and fry them in a pan til golden from both sides. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Cut your pears into wedges and fry your walnuts (if you fancy, I actually had them pure without frying)
On a plate serve your salad and decorate with your pear and pumpkin wedges then sprinkle with walnuts and decorate with figs and grapes.

That's all there is to do! See, super easy :)

As a side dish, to make it a more filling meal I made some potato wedges. For those you will need to cut about 6 big potatoes into wedges and place them in a bowl with a lid. Add 2 tsp paprika powder, 2 tsp thyme, some salt and pepper and 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper (more if you like spicy food). Add about 3 tbsp of olive oil, place the lid on top and shake til all the wedges are coated in your seasoning. Leave them for about 15 minutes then place them on an oven tray and put in the oven for about 40 - 45 minutes on 200°C til they have a nice golden brown colour.

Colourful Autumnal Soup

You will need [for 4 portions]:

1 pumpkin (I used Hokaido again - it's just so easy)
1 - 2 small potatoes
1 big onion
4 tsp olive oil
1/2 l of water
4 tsp vegetable stock
2 red peppers
200g peas
2 tsp ground coriander
Tabasco (optional!)

Cut the onion and let it simmer in a big pot, meanwhile cut your pumpkin into small cubes and get rid of all the seeds and strings. Peel and chop your potatoes then add both the pumpkin and the potatoes into the pot and fry it for a bit. Then add your water and vegetable stock, the coriander and some salt. Let the whole thing simmer for about 20 minutes, your pumpkin pieces should then be soft and you can puree your soup.
You will now have a rather thick consistency so add water until you like what you see and bring to a boil again. Add your peas and peppers and also some salt, pepper and Tabasco to you taste.
Enjoy on a cold and rainy day :)

Pumpkin Muffins

You will need:

150g soft butter
pinch of salt
150g brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp allspice
300g pumpkin (this time the skin will have to go..)
150g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder

Skin your pumpkin and cube it. Steam the cubes until they're soft then puree them.
Preheat your oven to 190°C now.
Beat the butter, sugar and eggs together. Fold in your pumpkin puree and all the spices. Then add the flour and baking powder and mix til it's a smooth dough.
Spoon the mixture into a muffin tray and put in the oven for about 40 - 45 minutes.

For the icing I just made a classic one out of water and icing sugar adding some organic orange food colouring.

So that's three of my favourite recipes to make in autumn and I hope you like these too. Let me know if you decide to make them or tweet me photos of your creations @JessRetrospect.

Until next week's Seasonal Synopsis post, which will be talking autumn beauty. So stay tuned and make sure you're subscribed via Bloglovin' so you will never miss a post again :)

Jess x

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2 Kommentare

  1. Mmm that soup looks so good! It all looks good, but for some reason I've been wanting soup all the time! Maybe it's the cooler weather...

    1. Oh same here! I could have soup literally every day at the moment :)
      Let me know if you try this one! I found it really easy to make.. :)