So we're just over halfway through the month and I haven't tried many new recipes so far in September. I decided to rectify this by putting together a list of five recipes I want to try out over the next few weeks.
1. Homemade Gingerbread Latte I'm not a coffee drinker but I am bit partial to some of the autumn/winter drinks that weave their way into our coffee shops every day. However, they're expensive and packed full of empty calories, sugar and saturated fat so this year I want to learn to make my own version of my favourites, starting with a gingerbread latte.
2. Smoked Salmon Hash Lunch is the meal I most struggle with, as I'm busy working so don't have a long time to set aside to cook, though I still want something yummy and homemade. I've been looking for some nice lunch time ideas and I'm excited to make Rachael Ray's smoked salmon hash. (Update: I actually made this for lunch today and it was lovely)
3. Banana Bread I loooove banana bread and my best friends makes an amazing loaf, though I've never tried it myself! I think it's about time to give it a go and see what I can rustle up.
4. Prosciutto, Onion, Walnut and Blue Cheese Galette Believe it or not, as they're currently a hot topic in cooking, I've never made a galette! I wanted to try one out and this recipe, featuring prosciutto, onion, walnuts and blue cheese sounds amazing.
5. Beef Stroganoff Another classic recipe I've never tried, I'm dying to cook this in my slow cooker an serve it with some lovely, fluffy rice.
So there you go, five recipes I'm planning on cooking over the next couple of weeks! I'll be back soon with another five recipes that are perfect to cook during autumn, but until then let me know, do you fancy cooking any of these?
As you might have guessed from my last post... I LOVE AUTUMN. As I get older it's quickly becoming my favourite season of the year and I can't wait for the most beautiful season of them all to hit. While we're waiting for autumn to properly arrive, here are the top few things I love about autumn.
1. Hot chocolate.
Proper hot chocolate; thick and creamy with marshmallows on top. Drinking it snuggled up in bed late at night, while watching cartoons, is absolute bliss.
2. Everything looks lovely.
Autumn has a unique way of making grey, dreary days look beautiful. When I drive home from Bath I have to make my way down a huuuuuge, winding hill (Brassknocker Hill, if you fancy Googling it) and has incredible views all over Somerset and Wiltshire. It looks lovely all year round but nothing beats that view when the leaves have started to turn and the woods are the brightest oranges and reds.
3. New fashion and beauty releases.
A slew of new beauty releases are coming out over the next couple of months and the shops have switched bikinis and flip flops for duster coats and boots. Nothing beats browsing online and creating a huuuuge wishlist of all the gorgeous things I hope to buy for the autumn/winter season.
4. Goodbye salads, hello stews.
Well, I'm not going to pretend I spent the summer eating salad but, you know. Autumn is the time for comfort food: I'm thinking hot pots, pies and rich beef stews.
5. TV becomes 1000x more awesome.
So many new shows and old favourites start up in September and October and I can't wait. I didn't watch much TV over the summer, so I'm looking forward to curling up on my sofa and getting into a great show.
I do burn candles all year round but when it's sweltering outside I definitely don't partake as often as I do in the cooler months. As I work from home I'm pretty much burning a candle from when I get up until I go to bed and I have a huge bag of Yankee Candle wax melts to work my way through. I'm burning Cinnamon Stick as we speak and my living room smells incredible.
So, those are a few of the things I love most about the cooler months of September, October and November. How about you? What's on your list?