As the days shorten and the weather turns cooler I've rounded up some midweek meals perfect for the cooler days that Autumn brings. Plus you will find the linky for #CookBlogShare week 39.
Welcome to #CookBlogShare the weekly linky for all things foodie, hosted here on Recipes Made Easy the last Tuesday of the month, at Lost in Food on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and with our guests hosts on the remaining Tuesdays.
Its the place where food bloggers can share their latest posts and for you the reader to find new food blogs and recipes to enjoy.
My September in a Nutshell
I like to start my #CookBlogShare hostings sharing a little of what I have been up to both in real life and on my blogs. At the end of last month we were still in summer and as luck would have it we got a bit of an Indian summer to enjoy, but as September draws to a close there is no doubt that autumn has arrived!
During September I shared my time between Suffolk and London. Produce from my fruit trees in Suffolk kept me busy in the kitchen. It was a bit of a mixed year. The dry summer meant the apples on my dessert apple tree were small and not very juicy and generally disappointing. Although the wasps didn't seem to care. Most years we squeeze the apples we can't eat and get several litres of juice but this year zilch!
The cooking apple tree faired a bit better with a massive crop but again rather small apples. I also I have a bit of a problem with brown rot and scab which wasn't helped by the damp spell in August and some strong winds meant a lot of windfall. Nonetheless I managed to juice a fair few and we now have 10 litres of apple juice in the freezer. I prepared and froze a few for crumbles and pies later, and of course did some cooking with them with a few good enough to store.
The plum tree like many others it would seem went into overdrive with a great crop despite a lot falling unripe during some high winds. I found out even the small green ones ripened off the tree sufficiently to use in a compote. With the rest that I couldn't eat fresh I made into jams, chutneys, crumbles and cakes. I couldn't help noticing a lot of plum recipes on the net so I rounded up some of them in a round up post of over 20 perfect plum recipes.
I also got my first every crop of grapes this year. They are Chardonnay grapes for making wine and are a bit pippy but very sweet. Sadly the wasps helped themselves to most of the crop!
With all these lovely goodies I have had plenty of recipe inspiration for both of my blogs but have left me with little time to do some of the behind the scene activities such as completing my ebook for Only Crumbs Remain and updating my homepages, so they get moved back yet again. An increase in email subscribers to Recipes Made Easy has meant that I have had to find time to organise moving my email list to new email service provider sooner rather than later, it's in progress and I will be making that full jump next week.
Midweek Meals for Autumn
Much as I love the summer and all the bounty it brings I also look forward to Autumn. Autumn signals the real start of the baking season and everyone knows I love baking. Its also a time for more substantial dishes to warm both our bodies and our souls.
Salads and simple summer dishes are delicious but then again so is a warming stew or roast and I eagerly anticipate them as summer turns to Autumn. Now is the time to start enjoying such warming and comforting meals again. So this week I'm sharing the dishes linked last week that best mark this move into the cooler months, all of which would make great midweek meals.
You might also like to try this 5 ingredients recipe for Garlic prawns from Go Healthy Ever After they take less than 20 minutes to cook and served with rice are transformed into a hearty meal.
And if you are looking for a vegetarian mid week meal try Courgette Strata from Choclette at Tin and Thyme. Described as a cross between a baked omelette or a type of savoury bread pudding. Courgette strata is a take on an Italian classic and it makes for a quick, easy and satisfying meal.
On the side
If you are after some easy sides to go with your mid week meal why not try
A little something sweet
or perhaps Nutella stuffed cookies from Cooking with my Kids. Plum flapjacks from Jam and clotted cream. My Plum and almond traybake on Only Crumbs Remain. or Gluten free coffee and walnut cupcakes from The Glutenfree Alchemist.
#CookBlogShare 2020 week 39
And now to this week’s linky
Non-bloggers – skip to the bottom of the page and click on the thumbnails that catch your eye to take you to the website where the recipe can be found. Remember they will be added to as the week goes on, so don’t forget to pop back and take a look again later.
Bloggers Linking up this week?
You can link up any foodie posts you have. Both old and new posts are welcome as long as they have not been linked to #CookBlogShare before. All you need to do is:
- Link up a recipe or foodie post by clicking the blue ‘add your link’ button below and following the instructions. You can link up to 4 posts.
- We would love it if you add the #CookBlogShare badge to your post (Code below – for WordPress copy and paste the code below into the text view of your post or a custom html block if using Gutenberg). If you prefer not to add the badge that is ok too BUT please link from your post back to this post (so everyone else can find it )
- Comment on some of the other recipes linked up here (at least 2 for each link added but the more you can the better) and generally share the love with a bit of social media action!
- Plus comment on either this post or one of the posts labelled HOST in the linky.
Just to remind you, by joining in you are giving the #CookBlogShare hosts permission to use your pictures in a roundup and on social media if your recipe is selected as one of our favourites!
Don’t forget to add #CookBlogShare to your Instagram post and check out/comment on what others are posting on the #CookBlogShare feed.
You can also post your recipe on the Cook Blog Share Facebook Page.
I will also pin the recipes to our #CookBlogShare group board and tweet the recipes. If you wish, you can tweet me a link to your recipe @recipecrumbs as well as (if you have room on the tweet!) my co-hosts @lostinf00d using the #CookBlogShare hashtag and we will retweet all that we see.
I will also comment on as many recipes as possible. Even if I do not have the time to comment on your post please rest assured, we really appreciate you taking the time to link your recipes and share others, we love having you as part of our fabulous #CookBlogShare community.
SO, IT’S OVER TO YOU. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU’VE ALL BEEN COOKING!
Next week's #CookBlogShare week 40 will be hosted by Jenny at Apply to Face. See you there!