Bring the colours of autumn to dinner


Orange, red, yellow: these are the colours of autumn. While Brisbane is a little too warm for a full autumn leaves display, you can bring some autumnal colour to your dinner time with these comforting recipes.

Want to know what other fresh fruit and vegetables are in season? Check out our blog on the best autumn produce.

 

Easy pumpkin soup

This simple, no fuss pumpkin soup is just what you need to warm your belly on crisp autumn days.

For extra flavour, roast chunks of butternut pumpkin in the oven instead of doing Step 2!

Pair it with some crusty bread from one of the Saturday Fresh Market’s bakery stalls and you have a match made in heaven.

Autumn salad

Not sure how to incorporate radicchio in your meals? This delicious and textured autumnal salad has the perfect crunch!

If you’re not into hazelnuts, you can always substitute walnuts or almonds, and feel free to mix up your salad leaves – rocket and lettuce would work too.

 

Fig sponge pudding

Figs are plentiful in autumn, but it can be tricky to know what to use them in.

Figs go great with lamb and goats cheese, but for a sweet something, why not try this glorious fig sponge pudding!

 

Stewed apple

There are an abundance of apples available in autumn, with new varieties coming into season almost every week.

Grab a heap while they are cheap and then cook and freeze some stewed apple so you can enjoy them all year long!

Ingredients

6 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
¼ – ½ cup caster or light brown soft sugar (depending on the sweetness of the apples)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Optional: pinch of star anise, nutmeg or ginger

Method

STEP 1: Put the apples, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon (plus optional spices) in a small pan with 2 tbsp water. Cover and cook over a medium heat for 5-10 mins, or until the apples are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife.

STEP 2: If you prefer a smoother mixture, continue to cook for a further 5 mins, uncovered, stirring frequently to break down the apples into a compote.

Use as a filling for pie, cake or crumble, or just add cream or ice cream for a simple dessert.

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