Posted 15th October 2015
My September felt like it lasted all of a week. I embraced The Soil Association’s #OrganicSeptember and welcomed autumn onto our plates so we ate lots of delicious and seasonal produce. On a related note, I loved the organic themed street art in the Bearpit outdoor gallery. It certainly brightened my walk to work each morning. So here’s my round up – last month I ate….
Squash. Squash is a seasonal veg which I get really excited about. I tried acorn squash for the first time (bought from Bear Fruit) A smaller, very-slightly tougher variety which tastes delicious when roasted. I roasted it with butternut squash, carrots, rosemary, garlic and thyme and served it with lemon roast chicken last weekend where it was hailed as the highlight of the meal!
Damson crumble. Made by the other half of Bristol Foodie with damson’s from her father in law’s garden. Was it the quality of damson’s or Becci’s class crumble-making skills? Who knows but it tasted amazing. It was wolfed down by the Bristol Foodie baby (always a good sign) and the BF boyfriends snuck into the kitchen and helped themselves to gargantuan seconds when they *thought* we weren’t looking.
Chicken noodle soup. This is a bit of a surprise dish for me to eat, let alone enjoy enough to write about. As a general rule I find soup a bit overrated (sorry soup lovers). I love the flavours, but always find myself hungry and longing for biscuits a couple of hours later. Not the case this time! This chicken noodle soup, adapted from Lorraine Pascale’s “duvet day” recipe, was delicious. It was filling, comforting and had just the kick of chilli. Yum.
Mexican street food at Wahaca. I’ve wanted to try one of the London branches of Masterchef winner Tomasina Myers’ Wahaca for years. Sadly, the queues outside the restaurants have always put me off when “in town”. So when the Bristol branch of Wahaca opened I made an exception to my “strictly independents” rule and got stuck in – and I’m glad I did.
The decor is very cool, bright and vibrant and laid back. The service was friendly and efficient the food was great. I opted for the street food menu (so I could try as much as possible) and ordered the pea and mint empanadas, cactus and corn tacos and chilli quesadillas.
The empanadas and tacos were amazing, kicks of chilli which made my lips tingle were offset with the fresh herbs. The quesadillas were too hot for my palate (clearly I’m a chilli wuss) but I wouldn’t let that stop me from eating at or recommending Wahaca in the future.
Montezuma’s giant chocolate buttons. So technically, I bought these as an occasional treat for the Bristol Foodie babe. However it turns out they are also an occasional treat for mummy too. Organic vanilla white chocolate buttons – they taste divine. I bought mine from Better Food Company but you can also buy them online. YUM!
Roast Dinner at Bear & Swan. I first tried the Bear & Swan out a Chew Magna a couple of years ago and last month we returned. The roast was just as good as I remember. We had rolled pork with apricot stuffing, crispy roast potatoes, seasonal veg and rich, flavoursome gravy. It’s a bit pricey, but totally worth it.
Mini cherry crumble pies. I bought a load of cherries from Full Basket and as they approached over-ripeness decided I need to get my bake on. I adapted this recipe from BBC Good Food and made some mini treats topped with almonds. Delicious.
Sourdough croissants from Stock Exchange Bakery. Those clever clever bakers at The Stock Exchange never cease to amaze me, and these sourdough croissants were no exception. Washed down with a cup of Extract coffee – delicious.
Home grown herbs. This month we finally finished our garden. Nothing fancy and not much growing room but plenty of room for herbs in pots. We’ve been going to Cleeve Garden Nursery, a family run business which has been going for 35 years!
Our herb selection is fairly small at the moment but is covering the bases – chives, parsley, a bay tree, rosemary, oregano, thyme. Not sure how they will all fare over the winter months but for now they are getting lots of love and being put to lots of use!