The best of autumn

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We’ve really tried to squeeze every last drop out of summer but autumn is very much here and, although we’re mourning the loss of our flip flops, we’re ready for comfy cashmere jumpers and being able to wear tights again without being horribly hot!

We’re also excited about all the fantastic seasonal produce that autumn brings with it, particularly delicious ripe pears, fresh mackerel and knobbly celeriac.

Mackerel is a versatile fish that you can use in so many different ways. We love it in this Beetroot and Mackerel Salad, but you could also bring in Asian influences such as five spice. If it’s not a fish you’d usually try it’s well worth the effort.

Celeriac isn’t going to win any beauty contests, let’s be honest, but it is a really delicious root vegetable that doesn’t look out of place at a smart dinner party. Put together an elegant Celeriac Remoulade for an easy starter that lends a bit of je ne sais quoi to a do. Alternatively, it’s great in a creamy and comforting dauphinoise. The mix of garlic and thyme with the earthy celeriac is a fantastic combo that goes well with most meats or eaten by itself!

Autumn is the perfect season for pudding as there is so much great fruit on offer. Poach some pears and serve them with amaretti biscuits in some beautiful glasses for a lighter dessert that looks simply stunning. For a sweet treat at breakfast knock up some Apple and Pear Smoothies for a fruit fix on your way to work or curled up on the sofa at the weekend. Finally, don’t just use pears in sweet dishes, Celeriac and Pear Soup might sound like an unusual combination but is sublime with some crusty bread and a glass of wine.

We’ve forgotten about summer already…

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