We’re right in the heart of Autumn, and to be honest, this is one of our favourite seasons for many reasons. Sure, the Summer sunshine is nice, but there’s so much to discover with Autumn’s delicious and inspiring produce. And most importantly, you’ll discover what we like to call the AAA’s of cooking – available, affordable and abundant. We’ll show you some easy ways to save using your beloved Thermomix, and you’ll get to explore which fruits and veggies are trending and in season right now.
Tip: you can search seasonal ingredients in Cookidoo by typing them into the search bar.
Let’s take a closer look at quince, which is probably one that we don’t come across very often. It’s one of our favourite autumn fruits, and it really has a “blink or you’ll miss it” season, so make the most of them while they’re around. Quince is inedible when raw, but applying heat magically turns the fruit from yellow to a deep rosy pink, releasing aromas of vanilla, citrus and apple into your kitchen.
If autumn had a signature dish, we’d suggest this Steamed Quince Pudding with spiced syrup from our Recipe Community as the perfect candidate. To serve, drizzle with spiced syrup and dollop with double cream or ice cream for the ultimate treat.
Quince paste was made for Kings and Queens, so go ahead and give yourself the royal treatment next time you’re putting together a cheese platter for home or to take to a gathering. You can make a saving of $5.80 by making your own quince paste! Click here for the Cookidoo recipe. Or try Dani Valent’s free version here.
Apples and Pears
It’s time to up the apples and pears because they’re at their peak, so make sure to grab some before the end of the month! There are too many recipes to count so we’ve chosen a few of our favourites.
The Apple and Ginger Paste is another dollar saver and a winner when it comes to entertaining your guests or your pallet. Click here to watch our video and see how easy it is to make. Find the recipe here.
Compare the “pear”
– these two dishes are a little too hard to pass up. The Pear and Peach Crumble from Simply Delicious truly reflects the title of the cookbook. It’s simple to make and won’t cost you a pretty penny. Or, you could go for this Spiced Pear Jam with Chorizo – the combo is to die for. The best part is, you can choose whatever you’d like to accompany the jam.
Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, pomegranate is another winner, but aside from its health benefits, it can make for an incredibly delicious cookie. These Choc Chunk and Pomegranate Oatmeal Cookies are the real deal and this recipe will create 24 delicious cookies ready for the family to devour. Don’t resort to store bought biscuits that may contain nasty preservatives and additives, they cost a fortune! Instead, make them from scratch.
Here’s a great tip from Dani Valent on how to deseed your pomegranates, click here!
Nothing like a hearty, warm pumpkin soup on a crisp Autumn evening, but there’s just so much more you can create with this classic veggie. Pumpkin Pie Porridge is just as nutritious as it is delicious, and it’ll be that quick fix brekkie you need in the morning before a big day. Tim Robards swears by it!
Or for dinner you could be wining and dining with a Chicken, Bacon, Pumpkin and Spinach Risotto, that’ll warm you right up. Stay in and enjoy whilst watching your favourite TV show.
The cover image of one of our best-selling cookbooks, and for good reason! These Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Sauce from Plant to Plate are an absolute crowd pleaser and the best part is, you don’t need to spend a fortune to make these wrapped pockets of joy.
Or if you’re thinking of making something completely different, try this Cauliflower Fried Rice from our Recipe Community – it’s a flavour rollercoaster!
It’s “fennevitable” that you’ll come across some delicious recipes to cook! It’s great for the heart and for your bone health, and most importantly it makes for a fantastic ingredient in so many dishes. We’ve chosen some of our highlights! Featuring in Vegetarian Kitchen, the Fennel, Date and Nut Bread ticks all of our boxes. You only have to actively cook for 25 minutes, so you’ll have time to spare for more important things! It’s always better to make wholesome food from scratch so you can avoid the store bought stuff.
Dani Valent’s incredible Double Trouble Fennel and Tomato Chutney recipe will go with just about anything – sausages, sandwiches (especially toasties), spinach pies and cheese platters. This is a great one to bottle up or to have straight away!
The “M” in “Yum” is for mushrooms, let’s face it! And if you can’t get enough of them, then why not try the Mushroom-Stuffed Mushrooms. It’s a simple and affordable recipe that all of you fanatics out there will adore!
Or we could take it right back to the basics and make a Beef, Carrot and Mushroom Casserole. Perfect for that sub 10 degree Autumn evening to warm the heart, soul and body!