Party Platters | Autumn

by kim on January 23, 2011

Autumn

Can you smell the rich crispness of the earth as autumn slowly roll its way in, turning the leaves of the trees to beautiful shades of golden browns, ripe reds and vibrant oranges? The days and nights are roughly the same length and the rain starts to splutter from time to time giving us an idea of what winter may have in store for us by washing away all the dust and turning the grass to an emerald green carpet.

The start of the autumn equinox is the 20 March; this is the time when we all seem to reach out for the rich homemade comfort foods that we know will warm our inner souls.

One of those delicious items being Chocolate as we celebrate the wonders of Easter and the rebirth of Christ

You will find the freshest fruits and vegetables in the Cape from the farmers markets. They are of the highest quality! Always try and purchase your fruit and vegetables according to the season as it taste so much better and the cost is a lot cheaper.

March to May is the Harvest season for many of the South African food crops. Did you known that the Elgin Valley produces 60% of South Africa’s apple crop.

One of our favorite South African fruits in season during autumn is the avocado.

Try whizzing it up, then adding some cream to liquidize it together with bit of sugar to sweeten. It makes an unusual and interesting drink. You can also add yoghurt if you prefer that to the cream.

If you happen to like “savoury” drinks such as Tomato Juice, then you might prefer to add salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce to the yoghurt and Avo mixture rather than a sweetener.

Seasonal foods for autumn

Vegetables: artichokes (Jerusalem), asian greens, avocado’s, beans, beetroot, broccoli, brinjal (egg plant), Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, chillies, courgettes, endive, garlic (scarce), ginger, green beans, horseradish, kale, leeks, lettuce, mealies, mushrooms, onion, parsley, peas, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, squash (gem), sweet peppers, sweet potatoes, turnips.

Fruit: Apples like Granny Smith, Royal Gala & Fuji, avocado, bananas, figs, grapes, gooseberries, guava’s, lemons, mangoes, oranges (towards end of autumn), paw paw, peaches, pears, plums, pomegranates, pineapples, quince, spanspek, tomatoes, watermelon, winter melons.

Herbs & edible flowers: basil, bay leaves, coriander, dill, fennel, horseradish, marjoram, mint, oreganum, rocket, rosemary, thyme, sage.

Nuts: almond, brazil, cashews, ground nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia, pecan, walnuts.

Many thanks go to Natural Nutrition for the information on seasonal foods

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Party Girl January 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

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