November’s Four Seasons Food Round-Up
December 5, 2013
November was the final Autumnal month of the Four Seasons Food challenge and I think you’ll all agree we’ve had some fabulously warming fodder to see out the season with. Hearty soups a plenty, a delicious host of tasty stews and casseroles, one pot wonder pies, a paella, a tagine and even a one pot pud!.
And seeing as we have to have a winner I asked my foodie big brother Julian to take charge of the onerous task of guest judging FSF this month. He’s one of those annoying foodie folk who not only knows his onions but can turn his hand in the kitchen to absolutely any cuisine, dish or bake to faultless and delicious perfection. And as he’s over from Mallorca for the festive period Jules will handily be my christmas dinner cooking companion, yay! And we’re all hoping he’ll be making another of his giant porky pies this year as they’re truly spectacular, not to mention delicioso.
So on to the entries. My co-host Anneli of Delicieux served us another of her inspiring and inventive off-cut recipes, a fabulously tasty dish of French Style Beef Cheeks & Lentils. I have to confess to sorely missing these gutsy and hearty traditional french dishes and have promised myself to make one soon. And I’m most tempted to source beef cheeks and cook with them for the first time too!.
The next entry came from me with my alternative spicy sunday lunch offering of a Lamb, Butternut & Apricot Tagine. One to greedily tuck into and warm the cockles on a cold weekend.
Camilla of Fab Food 4 All served us a deliciously warming Curried Root Vegetable Soup made with a fabulous blending of spices and a whole barrage of lovely roots. One to definitely try out on my little people (now that they managed to eat my slightly-too-hot tagine!)
A Reluctant Foodie linked up his meat-free version of the Italian slow cooked classic, Pasta e Fagioli. A recipe lovingly handed down from his Italian family and one I think you’ll all agree looks and sounds equally as delicious without the porky additions.
Casa Costello offered a distinctly warming (and tingly!) bowl of Fiery Roasted Red Pepper Soup which I’m so loving the sound of. And I bet the pre-roasting of the peppers, chilli and red onions adds ladlefuls of smoky deliciousness to the flavour.
An intriguing Fish & Bean Casserole Soup was linked up by The Gluten Free Alchemist. Now I’ve had plenty of fish stews and soups in my time but none with beans and veggies or zinged up like this one with Harissa. But I’m so going to make one now, what a pot of wholesome, hearty and warming loveliness it looks!.
Another ‘meal soup’ as my Mum would say, came from myself and my vegan Minestrone Super Soup, super because it’s choca full of lovely veggies, cannellini beans and spaghetti. And my kids LOVED it, which is always super in my book!.
If you want to beat the winter blues then I strongly suggest heading over to Vanesther’s Mum Cheryl’s Paella recipe over at Bangers & Mash. Not only are we treated to glorious sunshiny pics from her late Autumnal holiday to Spain but this Paella recipe is sure to make anyone smile. Incidentally I heard of some friends of friends who were heading to the mountains for Christmas Day last year to cook up a Paella on some peak or other. Fabulous.
As Strong As Soup linked up a traditional Picardy dish of Caghuse. I have to admit to this being a totally new French dish to me, but one I’d love to try. Simple bold flavours and anything left to cook all on it’s own for a few hours gets my attention.
Our one and only One Pot Pudding came from Karen over at Lavender and Lovage and her beautifully titled Duvet Apples & Frosty Mornings! Festive Baked Apples with Mincemeat and Honey. Oh yes it’s definitely weather to hide under the duvet just those extra few minutes (small children permitting) and this has to be the ultimate duvet day warming pud, and sounds no short of delicious with Karen’s homemade Boozy Mincemeat too. Shall definitely be making, once I get my act together and make some mincemeat.
Shabby Chick gave us A Wintry Warming Stew with Blade Steak, Squash & Parsnips. Oh yes please Andrea, and particularly delightful that it was slow cooked on her wood burning oven. I bet the Chez Shabby Chick kitchen smelt pretty delightful that afternoon, while Andrea whiled away the hours with her knitting. Envious. Just a bit. Okay a lot.
Another Bangers and Mash recipe came in pie form with Vanesther’s Chilli Beef Pie with Spicy Potato Wedges, a hearty cold-banishing recipe from the Higgidy Cookbook, and who’d have thought of topping a chilli with smoked paprika wedgies and cheese and turn it into a pie?. Genius. I may have to purchase the Cookbook on the basis of this alone.
Next up Kneadwhine (oh I do LOVE this name!) gave us her virtuous Celeriac Soup recipe. Which sounds delicious and totally the sort of soup I really do need to eat more of, especially if I can buy xenical achieve the weight loss she just has. Congrats!
And last but most certainly not least for our November entries we had another virtuous recipe from Whole Nourishment with her gorgeously fragrant Coconut-Lime Sweet Potato and Chickpea Stew. One very much logged in the memory cells for to make post-christmas.
So we have to have a winner. And I’m very grateful to not be making that decision myself and am handing over the tricky dilemma to my brother Julian.
He chose As Strong as Soup‘s Picardy dish of Caghuse, as it sounds “so delicious but equally so quick and simple. Would be great with Boulangere Potatoes Mmmmm”. The meat-free Pasta e Fagioli came a close second. So well done to As Strong as Soup, your Caghuse shall shortly be featured in the FSF Winner’s Gallery!.