Over the last couple of weeks I have been collecting pictures of the last few flowers and fruits of the fall.
This time of year is my favorite – the crispness of the air – the clarity of the skies and the fruits of the season. Not just the fruits that we harvest, but the berries and seeds of the wild plants and trees. The promise of more life in the Spring and the colours of the fruits as they ripen.
It is the time of year when everything seems to take a breath and wait…… we all know that Winter is coming…… but while waiting for it to arrive the Earth is going to paint everything with joyous colour.
Berries, Rose hips, and Fruits – they are all focusing on finishing the work of the Summer!
Cooking changes at this time of the year as well. The Turkey at Thanksgiving starts the change. Gone are the lighter meals of Summer, the salads and barbecue and the Berry Shortcakes and Plum tarts.
This weekend I made the first of the soups and stews that we seem to eat more of in the Fall and Winter months. A French Onion soup to have before the Roast Chicken tomorrow night. Tomorrow nights veggies will include roast Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes – a dish that only comes out in the Fall and Winter! Tonight we have Coleslaw with our Ribs – Cabbage and Carrots are more economical than Lettuce and Tomato at this time of year.
As the Seasons change so do we. We change our habits and eat differently! We walk less when we should walk more and we miss the Sun. The days are too short and the nights too cold. Comfort food – the food that makes feel better and compensates for the change in the weather – is what we crave.
The smell of Fall is in the air – wood smoke and rotting leaves vie for attention. Wood smoke is my favorite – like the smell of new-mown grass in the Spring and Summer – wood smoke means fall to me.
Celebrate your Fall!