Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Seasonal tastes

Cinnamon and Cardamon Buns from the wonderful Falling Cloudberries.

What I want to eat is often very much influenced by the seasons and this applies to both savoury and sweet foods. Baking at this time of year experiences a subtle change in flavours and perhaps colours too. Is it a coincidence that so many of the ingredients I am reaching for at present echo the colours appearing outside? Cinnamon, ginger, golden syrup and so on. Since the children returned to school the teatime treats have included golden flapjacks, rockbuns studded with red cherries and treacle coloured raisins and autumn plum cake topped in crunchy demerara sugar.

There is something about the baking smells filling the kitchen that is so very autumnal too, as I breath in the heady sweet and spicy scents of nutmeg, ginger, cinamon, allspice and clove I feel warmed and exhilarated by the rustling of the leaves falling outside.

Autumn moves in to my crafting life too. The evening's knitting is made all the more pleasurable when there is a crispness in the air, so cosy to curl on the sofa, warmed by the woollen fabric pooling on my lap. I finally pulled out these silk carrier rods to work on, bought at the Festival of Quilts, back in August but now suddenly calling on me to be turned into something beautiful. I like Autumn, I met The Technical Advisor in Autumn and it always seems a good time of year to me, full of colour, perfect for long walks and long evenings, full of crackling promises for the months to come.


Blogger yvette said...

I love Autumn colours too, those buns look delicious.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 11:24:00 am  
Blogger Queen of the froggers said...

Your crafting looks interesting, I don't know what silk carrier rods are. Yummy cakes, mine don't ever look as nice as that!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 11:48:00 am  
Anonymous kim said...

OMG, those rosettes are just lovely! At least that's what "silk carrier rods" look like from here. So beautiful!

I do the same this time of year - Pumpkin and Coconut breads seem to be my old stand-bys.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 12:04:00 pm  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

Oh, if fall could just last for 2 seasons.......it is my absolute favorite!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 2:44:00 pm  
Blogger Charity said...

Fall is my favourite time of year, too! :0)

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 6:55:00 pm  
Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

Oooh I aren't arf peckish now! How lyrically evocative Posh! I do find the autumn and winter a very creative time, warming food and heartening pursuits,and you have enriched that mood! Ta!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 8:58:00 pm  
Blogger Bethany Hissong said...

I'm hungry now... and your project looks beautiful from what you've shown us! I met my husband in October too (funny I had forgotten that, since our wedding was on Labor Day). I love your writing... your words are as beautiful as your art!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 11:36:00 pm  
Blogger Willow said...

How poetically you expressed the autumnal feelings. Hmmm, I met The Professor in September, first dated him in late winter. Our love blossomed in spring and we were married in the summer. Apples are my autumn fruit. I think I'll go make an apple crisp right now!

Thursday, October 04, 2007 12:23:00 am  
Anonymous lucy said...

There's definitely something mysterious about autumn that makes me feel more relaxed, cozy and a bit more in the creative mood. It seems like I live all year waiting for autumn! Enjoy yours!

Thursday, October 04, 2007 12:35:00 am  
Blogger alltangledup said...

The slight chill in the air just makes me want to bake and knit more. Autumn is my favourite season too

Thursday, October 04, 2007 6:47:00 am  
Anonymous a simple yarn said...

Yes, wishing I had a few savory treats to go with the morning coffee as I read....interestingly, your baking description reads like a fascinating foreign language as it's so different from US standard fare. Curiosity peaked, I may have to try out a few of 'em......

Thursday, October 04, 2007 9:51:00 am  
Blogger Flavaknits said...

After the miserable summer, Autumn feels like the arrival of a very good friend! The Falling Cloudberries is on my wish list - those cinnamon pastries look divine . Can't wait to see what you do with the silk carrier rods.

Friday, October 05, 2007 12:03:00 pm  
Anonymous marjorie said...

I understand about seasonal eating, because in the last few weeks I've made some apple pies and apple crisp. Baking bread seems to go with autumn weather too. Cardamom is one of my favourite flavours. It's delicious in sweet bread. Your children must love coming home from school to see what you made them for tea!

Saturday, October 06, 2007 12:53:00 am  
Blogger Lina said...

You made the buns too :) They really are the perfect fall and winter treat, aren't they? When I last baked them, I put some in the freezer. Maybe I'll take them out today.. :)

Saturday, October 06, 2007 7:09:00 am  
Blogger Karen said...

Those buns look and sound really wonderful, and just perfect for the time of year.
What a lovely post!

Monday, October 08, 2007 12:14:00 pm  
Anonymous Robyn said...

Falling Cloudberries - the most beautiful cookbook ever. You've inspired me look it at it again and make something new in honour of Spring!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007 2:30:00 am  
Blogger Krawuggl said...

Like so many commenters before me I also love autumn that much. For me it´s always a time of great promises, when the nature outside is drawing back themselves with a spectaculous finale and the human life is also going inside again. The cozy rooms, the log fire, the smell in the kitchen, the soft wool of my knitting, your words could have been mine, too. The promise of long relaxed weekends in our sitting room, the stapel of books waiting to be read, old movies on TV, rustling in the leaves at a walk, the fresh air in my nose, red cheeks and cold ears, the arrival of the birds in our garden waiting for their nuts. The joy of finding the last blooming rose, the purple colours of heather and dahlias. It´s the best time of the year to make plans and promises to myself, a time where you come back to yourself, to restore and renew. I really really love it, and your silk rods are expressing perfectly the colours and the beauty of it.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007 12:06:00 pm  

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