October has landed and autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, is in full swing, bringing with it the arrival leaves turning deep green to burnt yellow and crimson, pumpkins and of course Halloween.
Blogtober is an event that some bloggers take part in on an annual basis to help ensure that they are writing on their sites frequently and to help them discover a small bit more about one another, by asking a few seasonal themed questions.
When Claire at Stapo's Thrifty Life Hack's invited me to join, I just couldn't say no.
When I think of autumnal scents I'm immediately drawn to the aroma of sweet bakes, heady with pumpkin spice, but, when I sit and contemplate a while, I think of the musty aroma that hangs in the air on long, cold, walks while the leaves crunch underfoot. That is my favourite autumnal scent, for it brings with it a certain melancholy but underpinned by happy memories.
Easy! Apple pie every single time, but not just any apple pie. It has to be baked in the style my Grandmother used, a 'plate pie', remember them? A shallow pie, made with the crumbliest sweet shortcrust pastry I have ever eaten, filled with sweet softened apples and once baked scatted with a little granulated sugar. Serve, with softly whipped double cream, or homemade custard. Either way, it's a delight.
Not so much a tradition, but, the time of year that I get preserving. Jam, sunblush tomatoes, cordial to name but a few.
Not this year. I'll be at work doing the day job. However, this year I've started to do more Halloween themed baking for this website. Stay tuned for a spooky recipe round-up which will be coming to Culinary Travels soon.
Honestly, I feel I should say that I'm looking forward to going for some long walks and upping my running. Sure, there's nothing better than the cool air and leaves crunching is there? But, the truth is, that's not quite right. What I'm most looking forward to is cooking up warming comfort foods, like pies, stews and crumbles.
I'm don't particularly watch that many 'scary movies', preferring a good drama or thriller. My favourite scary movie though has to be The Exorcist. Normally I prefer the books but this was one case where the movie was way better than the book was to read.
Barmbrack, an Irish sweet bread, which is traditional at Halloween. So I suppose, going back to the question of the autumnal tradition, I always bake a few batches of this scrumptious bread.
That's tough. It'd be a toss-up between by autumnal spiced apple cake and the pumpkin spice candles I'm using right now.
It sounds rather corny but my favourite autumnal memories involve long country walks with my family and our dogs, stopping off for lunch in a small rural pub on the way back. I've more of a longing for city living though these days but still enjoy getting to the countryside or seaside for a stroll.
My autumn must-have is I suppose more of my autumn outfits of the day. I love pairing oversized cosy jumpers with ripped skinny jeans and converse or leggings with knee-high boots. That's when I'm not in comfy, cosy hoodies that is.
What are your favourite autumnal moments? Why not leave me a comment with your thoughts?
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