It’s October already? How did that sneak up so fast?! One minute it’s the Summer holidays, next we’re debating when to put the heating on and making soup. Having spent some time reading my way around the UK food blogging community this week, I have decided I quite like Autumn and all the recipes that come along with it. So, here are some of my favourites from the past week…
One of my favourite pastimes is browsing the Lakeland catalogue (both the paper version and online!) and drawing up my wishlist. I was rather relieved to discover I’m not the only one who does this when I read this post on crumbs. Claire has been given some Lakeland vouchers for her birthday (lucky thing!) and wants your recommendations.
This time of year is all about harvest and Pete from Pete Drinks has written about his visit to Mockbeggar Farm to see the hop picking process. A very interesting read with some photos and video of the impressive machinery they use to process the hops.
Next up we have some good old ‘family fodder’, as Katie from Feeding Boys and a Firefighter calls it. Her filo topped veggie bolognese bake is a brilliant way to jazz up some mince and I’m sure it would go down well with all the family. A great addition to the weekly meal plan.
We do love a good Sunday roast (often not actually on a Sunday though!) and I think that this lemon roast chicken from cuminseeds would be a welcome dish on any table, no matter what day of the week. Moist, lemony chicken and crispy roast potatoes – yum!
Have you ever heard of Baobab? No, neither had I until read read about it on The Botanical Baker. Apparently it comes from Southern Africa and grows on the ‘Tree of Life’. I love discovering ingredients that I haven’t heard of before! Do go and read all about it – fascinating stuff!
Something else I hadn’t heard of before is kelp powder. Andrea added some to her vegan fishcakes to add a hint of ‘fishy’ flavour without the need or fish. Very interesting and something I’d like to try out.
Sticking with the fish theme, I love the look of this grilled mackerel with a Greek salad from Charlotte’s Kitchen Diary. Mackerel is one of my absolute favourite fish and it looks divine alongside the colourful Greek salad. A simple, but delicious dish!
After a few weeks of over indulging and a big birthday meal out last month, I think I need to embark on a new healthy eating plan. So I was pleased to read the blog post title ‘It’s never too late to start eating more healthily‘ from My Passion for Food. I’ve often heard that blueberries are a super food and have huge health benefits, but there are lots more foods listed in this post that I could do with adding to my diet more regularly.
I know I said I must be more healthy but perhaps not until I’ve tried Heston Blumenthal’s Ultimate Beef Burger with Parmesan Mushrooms. The photos of this dish over on Reluctant Housedad had me drooling on my keyboard! I must try it soon!
Finally, as I so often do, I must finish off with a dessert. This yummy blackberry and cardamom pavlova from Bangers & Mash is packed full of hand-picked blackberries and looks like the perfect way to end any meal. I love the idea of adding some cardamom.
Well, that’s all for this week. Do stop by these blogs and admire all their wonderful cooking. Which foodie blog posts have you enjoyed reading this week?