Well, my favourite month of the year has come and gone, and the real Autumn is definitely upon us now. Before I usher in October I want to take the time to look back at the goings-on of the past month. Here’s what I was up to over the past four weeks.
September is a great month for cooking, which I tried to show here on Kitchenist. With the new season’s produce at the market and that crisp feeling in the air, it’s a month for healthy vegetables and indulgent treats. What could be better?
With the market throwing up some of its best work, I found myself indulging in my favourite Fall flavours. Some lovely yellow beets led to this Roasted Beet, Walnut and Goat’s Cheese Salad, and the first butternuts of the year convinced me that a Roasted Squash Pasta might not be such a boring thing, after all. I did get slightly experimental with the new season’s corn; Spicy Corn Fritters were worth waiting 14 years for.
With the days getting cooler, I gradually began to crave heartier, soul-warming food. I’ve started making soup routinely on the weekends, and my Potato and Leek one made an appearance here. Also guaranteed to warm you up are Eggs in a Spicy Chickpea Purgatory, and a rich Broccoli & Cheddar Risotto.
I found a bit of time for baking too, though I didn’t reveal all my efforts on the blog. My Lemonade Scones got some attention though, for one rather unusual ingredient. In the end, the Blueberry Swirl Pound Cake was by far the favourite, as much for its pretty design as for its fruity taste and moist texture.
The Kitchenisms kept coming over the past four weeks, and I feel like I found and featured some great products and spaces.
Etsy had some lovely kitchen-centric offerings in September, including porcelain pottery handmade by wapa, and the watercolour paintings of working woman. Since I’m a sucker for all things vintage, my favourite shop featured was Slow Lane Lost & Found, which had some great retro products.
I did three Flickr series last month, including a bright and cheerful ode to colour, and one that celebrates Autumn’s bounty in the kitchen. The one that stole my heart, though, was Armenian Beauty, gathered from the photostream of mfcorwin. Her photos of daily life in Armenia look like they belong in a food and travel magazine.
Over the last month I rounded up my favourite industrial kitchens, coastal kitchens and breakfast nooks. I even managed to find some galley kitchens that I love, which was no mean feat. In terms of featured spaces, I fell particularly hard for a sunny room in Mexico, and for a pared-down, converted pasta factory.
I reviewed two (quite weighty) books at Kitchlit last month, one a longtime kitchen companion and one a brand-new acquisition. Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone received four stars for its recipe quality and reliability, and I think any vegetarian kitchen would benefit from a copy. Vefa’s Kitchen is a comprehensive and beautifully designed guide to Greek cuisine, recently published by Phaidon. Though not quite my cup of tea, it would be perfect for a Mediterranean food lover.