In celebration of the seasonal bounty of harvest time, this week I am sharing my selection of 4 Delicious Autumnal Fruit Recipes, plus the linky for week 37 of #CookBlogShare!
So how was your summer? Even though I suppose technically it is not quite autumn yet (though it does depend who you ask – see below), it really it does feel like summer is over. Especially since the weather has been rather cold and miserable round here lately.
Mine summer was good, filled with fun days out with the kids and a wonderful, though slightly damp, holiday in the Loire Valley. And of course quite a bit of work!
Just before the summer holidays you may remember me talking about how I was going to get all organised, preparing and scheduling most of my summer content before the school holidays even started, so that I could have a bit of a break over the summer and spend some quality time with the kids…
Well, it sort of worked! I did indeed get about 90% of my posts written and scheduled before the kids broke up. And certainly in the beginning part of the school holidays I was able to be much more chilled and relaxed and I only worked a tiny bit on holiday, just to keep things ticking over…
But, what I had totally failed to take into account was that September’s workload was going to kick in at the end of August, while the kids were still at home with me – eek! (Remind me next year to find some sort of camp for my kids to go on in the last week of August). Needless to say, quite a few late nights have been worked over the last couple of weeks!!
But I am certainly not complaining – it has all been good stuff! I have worked on some really great blog posts and collaborations over the last few weeks. One of my favourites has been my enormous, but super useful collection of 45 Easy Peasy Back To School Dinners. And a massive thank you to all of you who contributed a recipe or two – it has been a super popular post and I hope you have all had plenty of visits as a result!
Then, starting on 1st September, it was #LoveLambWeek – a fabulous, week long celebration of all things lamb, for which I created this delicious and oh so simple Easy Lamb Hotpot as part of my role as a ‘Lambassador’ for the ‘Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun’ campaign.
Also starting on the 1st September and continuing for the whole month is #OrganicSeptember, which has kept me busy on a couple of different projects – firstly a collaboration with Organic UK, creating a delicious Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with wonderful organic ingredients from Yeo Valley and Clearspring. Then a visit to an organic dairy farm with Arla Foods, which I will be telling you all about soon – watch this space! (Wanna see a sneak preview? Check out my Instagram!)
Finally, just to let you know, I am currently running a fab giveaway for #OrganicSeptember and the #FeedYourHappy campaign with not one but TWO fabulous Clearspring Organic Goodie Boxes worth £40 to be won – you can enter the Clearspring giveaway here. But hurry it closes at midnight on 21st September 2017!!
4 Delicious Autumnal Fruit Recipes
Well, depending on who you ask, it is either already Autumn or very nearly! (Apparently, according to extensive google ‘research’, meteorologists count the start of autumn as 1st September, whereas astronomers count it as starting at the autumn equinox – the point at which night and day are of equal length, which this year is 22nd September.) Either way delicious seasonal produce is plentiful at the moment – it will soon be harvest festival time, and this is absolutely one of my favourite times of year for cooking! Partly because after months of eating salad and cold food, I can start to indulge in my love of comfort food, such as stews, curries, tagines etc. And partly because I just love the seasonal produce available at this time of year… pumpkins and squashes are one of my particular favourites, as well as beetroot, sweetcorn, apples, blackberries, plums…I could go on!
Anyway, this time it was the wonderful recipes made using seasonal fruit that caught my eye among the many entries over at last week’s #CookBlogShare linky. So this week I am sharing my roundup of 4 Delicious Autumnal Fruit Recipes!
If you are not a #CookBlogShare regular and are wondering what an earth I am going on about, #CookBlogShare is a place for bloggers to share their recipes. If you are a blogger and have a recipe to share, you can link up your post by following the instructions below. If you are not a blogger, but love food and cooking, do check out the recipes that will be appearing below. If this week is as good as they usually are you will find some awesome recipes – the #CookBlogShare bloggers are very good at what they do!
First up, I had to include this Homemade Blackberry and Pear Jam from Angela at Only Crumbs Remain. I am sure many of you have made a pot or 2 of delicious blackberry jam or jelly after a happy afternoon foraging in the fields (we ended up making 6½ pots of jam with our massive haul!!). But Angela has gone one step further and added lovely seasonal pears to her jam too. And I must say the combination sounds utterly fabulous – I need to test this out and soon. I imagine it would also be a great combination in a crumble. Angela’s jam is also a touch healthier than your average jam, having 25% less sugar than standard recipes. And if you are looking to do something special with your jam, Angela has a fab recipe for Blackberry and Pear Cupcakes, where she hides this jam in the middle – YUM!!
If you are still in need of inspiration for your blackberry haul, then what about these delicious Blackberry Prune Squares from Monika at Everyday Healthy Recipes? They are loosely based on a recipe her mum used to make when she was a child, using a traditional type of plum jam made in Poland, called ‘powidla’. Monika has simplified her mum’s recipe and made it a touch healthier too. I can’t help thinking these would be wonderful popped in a lunchbox or as an afternoon, post-school snack, and not just for the kids! 😉
Pumpkin Cream Cheese English Muffins
Is pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable? I wasn’t quite sure, so naturally I googled it! And it turns out that, from a botanists perspective, a pumpkin is technically a fruit. Which is handy, as it means I could include these Pumpkin Cream Cheese English Muffins from Jennifer at Because Food Is Love in my roundup! Jennifer made these lovely muffins for her son’s breakfast and they went down a storm – she suggests they would also be great for lunch or a snack. She also shares how pumpkin is surprisingly healthy: apparently one cup of pumpkin has 100% of the daily requirement of Vitamin A! It also contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Niacin, Folate and more…and it’s pretty low in calories!
And last, but certainly not least, we have this wonderful Italian Plum and Almond Cake from Jo over at Jo’s Kitchen Larder. Inspired by the challenge in Episode 1 of the current series of The Great British Bake Off to bake a cake containing fresh fruit, Jo has filled her cake with wonderful seasonal plums and topped it off with a delicious amaretti crunch. Add a sprinkle of icing sugar and you have got a perfect cake to go with your afternoon tea or coffee, or serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delicious dessert!
If you are currently watching the new series of The Great British Bake Off on TV in the UK at the moment, you might like to know there is a special Bake Off linky for bloggers who want to bake along with the show each week. The Great Bloggers Bake Off is run by fellow CookBlogSharer Jenny from Mummy Mishaps and you can find all the details over on her site.
#CookBlogShare Linky Week 37
And so we come to this week’s linky. You can link up any foodie post that you have – both old and new posts are welcome. All you need to do is:
- Link up a recipe or foodie post by clicking the blue ‘add your link’ button below and following the instructions (maximum of 4, please).
- Add a link from your post back to this post (so everyone else can find it and link up too!) and / or add the #CookBlogShare badge to your post (you can find the code below).
- Comment on one of the host’s posts and a minimum of 2 other posts linked up here, and generally share the love with a bit of social media action!
If you wish, you can tweet a link to your recipe to me @easypeasyfoodie and also (if you have room on the tweet!) my co-hosts Kirsty @k_phillipson, Jacqui @jacdotbee and Monika @MonikasRecipes, using the #CookBlogShare hashtag and we will retweet them. You can also post your recipe on the Cook Blog Share Facebook Page.
Need some help on Instagram? You and me both…so let’s help each other! Whenever you post to Instagram, use the #CookBlogShare hashtag, then quickly hop over to the #CookBlogShare feed, liking as many as you can and commenting on any that particularly catch your eye. Not a big job at all, but if we all do it, it would make a BIG difference!!
I will comment on all the posts this week and pin them all to the Cook Blog Share Pinterest Board. I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been making!
Just to remind you, by joining in, you are giving the #CookBlogShare hosts permission to use your pictures in a round up and on social media, if your recipe is selected as one of our favourites!