Although it doesn’t feel like it given how warm it has been recently but we are heading into Autumn. I’ve had a number of great autumnal fruit and vegetables recently so thought I would share a post with my favourite Autumn inspired gluten and dairy free recipes.
Fun fact: There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown around the world. It would take you more than 20 years to try them all if you ate one a day!
For a little sweet treat I used some everyday eating apples to make this delicious gluten and dairy free Toffee Apple Cake.
This cake is based on the favourite bonfire snack – toffee apples.
Fun fact: The farmland in Massachusetts where the original butternut squash is believed to have been developed is today a golf course aptly named, Butternut Farm Golf Club.
I would normally make soup with butternut squash but I wanted to try something different so went with this simple risotto recipe. The sweetness of the butternut squash perfectly compliments the herby sage.
Fun fact: Native Americans once called them “star berries,” because the five points of blueberry blossoms make a star shape.
When I think blueberries it is either one of three traditional recipes: muffins, pancakes or pie. I actually have gluten and dairy free recipes for all of these items on my website but thought I would share my blueberry pie recipe.
Fun fact: A British company crossbred Brussels sprouts and kale into a dainty green vegetable called “kalettes,” which resemble tiny cabbages but taste like nuts. Other names for “kalettes” include “BrusselKale,” “Flower Sprouts” and the utterly mystifying “Lollipops.”
I’ll be honest and say kale is not something that I have cooked a lot with. I tend to use it either in smoothies, juice or make these delicious kale chips. While they are a seasonal pick I think I should try and develop a few more gluten and dairy free kale recipes.
Fun fact: The pear was sacred to two goddesses in Greek mythology – Hera and Aphrodite. It was also sacred to the corresponding Roman goddesses, Juno and Venus, as well as to Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruitfulness.
Chocolate and pear are an award winning combination so I used them together in this lovely cake recipe.
Beautiful whole poached pears suspended in a lovely rich chocolate cake – tastes great hot or cold.
Fun Facts: Did you know that an aubergine contains nicotine? But only a tiny amount, just 0.01%. You would have to eat 9 kilos of aubergines to get the same amount of nicotine as in one cigarette.
A vegetarian take on the traditional lamb moussaka recipe. To make this a more filling dish I have replaced the minced lamb with beautifully spiced red lentils.
A perfect family dinner on an Autumn evening!