and purchased our pumpkins. Last year we were so lame, and let too much time slip by, that our pumpkins went un-carved!! Not this year!! We are determined to do something fun with them. I snatched three big ones, and we will have a carving night for sure this year.
With this season, it is time to bring out my purple Le Creuset pot, and make some yummy stews. For years, I would make a stew that was similar to my moms, in how she executed it and ingredients she used. Last year I decided to follow a Jamie Oliver recipe from one of his cookbooks, and I loved how much more simpler it was than the one I made. I love all the ingredients, of butternut squash and parsnips, combined with
lots of fresh sage in this recipe.
It starts out on the stove top, but he really isn't keen on searing the meat, like I have been doing for most of my cooking life. Turns out, that is just fine, and still comes out the same.
The layering of potatoes on top, I stole from one of Jamie's magazine recipes. You par boil them for 5 min., cool them, then cut them up to layer on top of the stew that has been simmering away for a few hours. I put them on at the last 40 min. of cooking.
I, like a lot of fellow bloggers, think this is the very best time to be cooking up magic in the kitchen. I've got lots of ideas swirling for weekend cooking fun and baking....If you aren't too bored of my cooking I'll share them as I make them!
I will be starting on a few little things for the shop that are more gift orientated and I'm excited to start on that project, and will hopefully get more garments in there. Time keeps speeding on by, and I can't quite keep up with all the ideas I have!!
I promise I won't stay away too long this time.