Autumn is a time for eating.

Autumn is  coming, fresh and chilly. It’s time to go into hibernation, but you can’t snooze on an empty stomach. Here’s a weeks’ worth of gluttonous goodness! Get your chops round these vegan, GF beauties! They’re delicious, cheap to make and more moreish than you can possibly imagine ❤

 

The Most Velvety Butternut and Chickpea Curry Ever:

You will need:

1 butternut squash

1 red onion

1 clove garlic

1 tbsp ready grated ginger

1 large can chickpeas (drained)

Handful of cherry tomatoes

2 stock cubes

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinammon

1 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp turmeric

Brown rice to serve

 

This is how we do:

  • Dice butternut squash (in 1 inch pieces approx)
  • Toss squash with olive oil, salt, pepper, nutmeg and cinammon in a baking tin.
  • Roast at gas mark 4 for 25 minutes or until soft
  • Meanwhile, fry off the red onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes and remaining spices.
  • Add stock a bit at a time to form a thick sauce.
  • Add chickpeas.
  • When the squash is cooked add to the sauce.
  • Add water as required and simmer for around 20 minutes or until the squash begins to disintegrate a little. Or, do it to whatever consistency you like it.
  • While it’s simmering away, boil the rice.
  • Serve!

 

Ultimate Comfort Food Honey-roast Veg and Sweet Potato Mash:

(Good with some grilled halloumi, too, if you’re veggie)

You will need:

1 large red onion

1 carrot

4 cloves garlic

1/2 butternut squash/ gourd

Handful cherry tomatoes

2 courgettes

1 red, orange or yellow pepper

1 beetroot

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Salt & Pepper

Balsamic vinegar

Olive oil

Honey

Sweet potatoes

Vegan butter/ spread

 

This is how we do:

  • Chop all veg and place in a large baking tin or pyrex dish.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and toss with the spices.
  • Add a dash of balsamic vinegar.
  • If you’re in a hurry, roast on a medium high heat for 25 minutes, then add the honey for another 5-10 minutes.
  • OR if you’ve got all day/ are in dire need of a cup of tea then roast on a low heat for a couple of hours then turn it up for 10 minutes and add the honey for a delightful glaze.
  • Boil the sweet potatoes for 20 minutes or until tender.
  • Mash up with a little knob of vegan spread.

 

Vegetables Galore Stirfry:

You will need:

Sesame oil

Spring onions

Baby corn

Peppers

Pak choi

Sugar snap peas

Broccoli

Any other veg you fancy – try grating raw carrot on top

Rice noodles

Grated ginger

1 clove garlic

Salt & Pepper

GF soy sauce

Honey

 

This is how we do:

  • Chop the veg to bit size chunks.
  • Heat the oil.
  • Add the spring onions, garlic and ginger and fry up for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the rest of the veggies.
  • Season and add soy sauce and honey.
  • Prepare the noodles whilst the veggies cook.
  • Eat!

 

Scrumdidilumptious Lentil Dahl:

You will need:

Olive oil

1 red onion

1 clove garlic

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp garam masala

1 stock cube

Red lentils

Yellow split peas/ green lentils (optional)

Brown rice, naan bread and mango chutney to serve.

 

This is how we do:

  • Heat the oil and fry the onion with the garlic.
  • Add the spices and soften the onions on a low heat for a few minutes.
  • Add the lentils (I tend to do it by eye and make loads as it freezes well)
  • Add boiling water and simmer.
  • Keep adding water and stirring as the lentils soften.
  • Cook the rice and simmer the dahl until cooked.
  • Devour!

 

Cous-cous Stuffed Peppers:

You will need:

1 pepper per person

Maize cous-cous

Pomegrante seeds

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp harissa paste

Vegan spread

 

This is how we do:

  • Prepare the cous-cous according to the instructions.
  • Add the spices and spread and stir in while the cous cous is absorbing the water.
  • Cut the top off the peppers and de-seed.
  • Fill with the cous-cous.
  • Replace the tops of the peppers and roast for 20 minutes until soft and slightly browned on top.
  • Serve with the pomegrante seeds and any additional veg you fancy.

 

*Not technically food* Comforting Mulled Cider:

You will need:

  • 2 litres of apple cider
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange (quartered)
  • Honey (to taste)
  • Brown sugar (2 tbsp)
  • 2 star anise
  • 4/5 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick

 

This is how we do:

  • Put the cider in a large pan over a low heat.
  • Add the spices, orange pieces and orange juice.
  • Add the sugar and a large squidge of honey.
  • Stir and heat until the flavours have all come together and steam is rising (no need to boil)
  • Adjust the sweetness to taste.
  • Serve on cold nights!

 

Aubergine Dream Pasta:

You will need:

  • 1 aubergine
  • Olive oil
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 carton passata
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 carrot (diced up small)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 cup white wine (optional)
  • GF pasta
  • Vegan cheese (optional but opulent)

 

This is how we do:

  • Dice the aubergine and courgette.
  • Roast for 20-30 minutes.
  • While the veggies are roasting, make the sauce.
  • Fry the onion, carrot and garlic and season.
  • Add the wine gradually and allow the alcohol to evaporate off.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and passata.
  • If you want a smoother sauce you can blitz using a handblender.
  • Cook the pasta with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  • Combine the roasted veg with the sauce and serve!

 

Now, HIBERNATE!

Take care 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Autumn Pick-me-ups!

My favourite walk

  1. ‘Autumn days when the grass is jewelled’: Revisit your childhood with a song, maybe a hymn you used to sing in assembly or a lullaby.
  2. Don’t quote me on that: Find a quote of the day, or search by theme to get inspired. Try BrainyQuote or The Quotations Page.
  3. Death-day Party: Make like Nearly-Headless Nick and celebrate a death. Commemorate a friend, family member or hero via the medium of their favourite food. Look through photos, plant a fruit tree in their honour – get creative.
  4. Become a superhero: Buy a cape – what says autumn better than a cosy, cosy cape. Just don’t do a Madonna.
  5. This little piggy went to market: Go to a farmer’s market and sample some fresh produce.
  6. On the back burner: Make a glorious, rich, full-of-gravy stew. Devour with home-made bread… *drool*
  7. Ahoj!: Practise a skill – pick up a language you did in school, get a refresher in knitting from your nan – those cold winter nights are coming…
  8. Stick or twist: Play cards, learn a new game, bet with chocolate and win.
  9. Remember, remember: Doesn’t have to be 5th November, though. Release your inner pyromaniac and burn stuff.
  10. In disguise: Handmake a costume, or part of a costume for yourself or a mini-human. Get crafty, get covered in glitter – hands on is good for your head.
  11. Walk this way: Go for your favourite walk with your favourite people. Call in a country pub for lunch. Bliss!
  12. You’re forgiven, not forgotten: Write a forgiveness postcard to someone who has upset you, or even to yourself. Let go of something that you’ve been holding onto – you don’t have to send it!
  13. What’s your flavour?: Consume something that screams autumn. Mine is chai latte..
  14. Comfort music: Nostalgia feels good.
  15. Be a viking: Pillage a wardrobe, maybe your mother’s… don’t tell me she doesn’t have some 80s gems in there…Immortalise:
  16. Get a tattoo. Make your mark as the year draws to a close.
  17. Toasty: Have warm feet. Buy new fluffy socks, wear awesome, oversized slippers, get a foot massage. Circulation is everything, people.
  18. Are you sitting comfortably?: Write the story of your scars (not just the visible ones).
  19. Texture: Do a bark rubbing, or make a collage from fallen leaves.
  20. Feng shui: Redecorate in some small way, move a piece of furniture, hang that painting that’s been sitting around for months, clean your curtains…
  21. Jingle bells: Start Christmas shopping, don’t stress.
  22. Systematic airing: Get outside, perambulate, or don’t.
  23. Make way!: Clear out your kitchen of old crockery you never use and take it to the charity shop. Or, smash it up and use for draining when planting plants.
  24. Go all the way: Choose a book series and read it all the way through.
  25. Nest-le: Make a nest with lots of pillows and blankets, bring snacks, animals, wives, husbands, kids and nestle.