Autumn is the time of year when temperatures drop and the days become shorter. The weather is uncertain, but we know it’s time to get out our woolly jumpers and start stocking up on some delicious food which helps us to stay warm.
October allows us to enjoy foods that are full of flavour, including orchard fruits and late harvest vegetables. So, if you are looking to try something new, why not try something of the season?
Here are just a few delicious seasonal ingredients to be enjoyed, especially over the coming months:
Apples taste delicious and they can be enjoyed in many different ways. You really can’t beat a warming Blackberry and Apple Crumble when it’s chilly and grey outside. Also great for every autumnal occasion is our Apple Strudel with lots of custard too! If you fancy a mix of sweet and savoury, why not try our Pork with a Mulled Apple Sauce?
Winter squashes ripen well after summer is over. Technically part of the courgette and pumpkin family, butternut squash is a super nutritious food which tastes wonderful in soups, risotto and lasagne and is the perfect ingredient for adding some colour to your plate. Nothing looks or tastes more autumnal than our Butternut Squash and Mushroom Risotto.
Broccoli grows all year round, but did you know that it apparently tastes best in Autumn? In most climates it is sweeter and sharper when harvested in cooler temperatures. Needless to say, at Oakhouse Foods, we think it tastes best when it’s in our Salmon and Broccoli Bake or our Mini Cheese and Broccoli Pasta. Delicious!
Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and it is best to be enjoyed fresh in the late summer/early Autumn. Our garlic-based dishes are packed with flavour and definitely worth a try! For example, our Chicken in a Creamy Garlic Sauce is very popular or why not pair your week night meal with our Green Vegetables in a Wild Garlic and Herb Butter?
This leafy green plant is packed with goodness. Although spinach is available all year round, it’s best from May through to October. Interesting fact! The King of France was married to a woman called Catherine de Medici in the 16th Century – a native of Florence who was obsessed with spinach. The word ‘Florentine’ used in spinach recipes, like our delicious Smoked Haddock Florentine, originates from Lady Catherine’s spinach obsession. Who would have thought!
As the days grow shorter, and the leaves start to fall, try some seasonal classics today. At Oakhouse Foods, our delicious meals are frozen straight away to ensure they stay fresher for longer. Visit our website to stock up on some delicious dishes to see you through the colder months. We’re here for you this winter.