The changing leaves this month are amazing when you stop to look at them aren't they? The colours so vibrant and varied. If you follow me on Instagram you will know only too well that I've been a bit OTT with the leaf photos lately. Totally justified I feel. And of course there's the joy of warm woolen jumpers, lighting the log burner and enjoying comfort food such as Higgidy pies and apple crumble.
But it's not just the leaves changing. The ferns are turning golden, crispy and great for impromptu games of hide and seek, like the one we enjoyed this afternoon near Stagbury Mount in the New Forest. I swear he doesn't get this ability to get a cheeky expression caught on camera every single time a camera is out!
Red berries have appeared in force in the forest this week and I even sighted some holly berries earlier in the week. Kitty knows not to eat red berries but it doesn't stop her from taking an interest in large clumps that have fallen from the tree. I love her inquisitive nature and Autumn is the perfect time to nurture it as there are so many changes and new appearances in the woodland around us.
One of the great things about being outdoors at this time of the year is the anticipation of returning back to a snug house (thermostat wars have officially begun) and indulging in some seasonal comfort food. Pies and crumble. Comfort food. Family pleasers.
We all enjoyed steak ragu guest pies from the Higgidy range, snuggled up on our new sofas. Steak & smoked bacon simmered slowly with red wine, chopped tomatoes & carrots, topped with crispy potatoes in pie? I loved it before it had hit my mouth. Delish and perfect comfort food.
Followed by homemade rhubarb and stem ginger crumble, oh my days, think apple crumble but with added warmth and depth. Just too good and worth making whilst some shops are still stocking rhubarb (and makes a refreshing change from blackberries which we all overdosed on here this year).
Did we have a nice Sunday? Oz sums it up best of all...
PIE: Steak ragu pie with crispy potatoes from Higgidy is one in their special Guest Pie ranges so grab them while you can! This month Higgidy are launching the UK’s first Sofa Supper Clubs, a unique dining experience that celebrates the season of warm fires, cosy suppers and soft sofas (which just so happens to be three of my favourite things!) These Higgidy Sofa Supper Clubs will be taking place in London on 30th October at Ice Tank, 5-7 Grape St, and in Brighton on 5th November at Caribou Rooms, 51 Brunswick Street East, Hove. To book a sofa, go to www.higgidy.co.uk/sofasuppers.
CRUMBLE: My rhubarb & stem ginger crumble recipe can be found here.