The leaves have changed colour, the temperature has dropped and its less than two months till Christmas.
It’s busy at Martha’s Table with cake orders trickling in and my first mince pie order placed. I’ve been making spiced apple chutney, plum jam, roasting spice rub and aromatic citrus salt for the purpose of recipe testing and for foodie Christmas gifts.
This time of year, for me is a magical time of year. Mainly because I love fireworks, bonfires, my sisters birthday and cuddling up with a warming soup and bacon sandwich for my tea. This time of year is for planning and organising. I spent the other evening cleaning and sorting out my kitchen cupboards, making a shopping list for the ‘Autumn essentials’. I think a cleverly stocked cupboard is essential for the colder months ahead, as it prepares you for the times when you get back from work and want an easy and tasty meal and don’t want to go to the supermarket.
Here are a few bits for the cupboard –
- Tomato puree
- Grounded cumin
- Brown rice
- Beef or vegetable stock
A few things for the fridge –
- A selection of root vegetable
I know these are probably items you buy regularly, but on a cold evening these items when making a soup or a casserole they leave you feeling full of nutrients and goodness. I feel I’m still maintaining a healthy diet without feeling hungry and the spices and vegetables will help me fight off any winter illnesses!
I’m now putting together Christmas hamper ideas, taking orders for Christmas cakes, puddings and mince pies so if you are starting to plan your festive events and need a helping hand then please get in touch!
Happy leaf kicking and keep warm!