Today, in the bluster of Autumn and the blowing of leaves, I've been nesting indoors. Candles lit and slippers on, imagining the cooler October days to come and the joy of a roaring fire and logs piled high and puddings and stews and pastries and pies.
With every new season I'm imagining the feasts that we'll be creating a year away. We have to start planning now; creating new seasonal dishes; tweaking old favourites and foraging the hedgerows and the forests for all that Autumn has to offer.
Sometimes friends come knocking - with offers of fruitfall that we gladly accept. Last week was plum week (thankyou friend!), and today - in my slippers and my socks - I've had the best of times. Making crumbles and purees and frangipanes that in turn I'll share with friends. We'll eat round a big table - imagining that this was a wedding feast. How will we serve these dishes? What should we serve them with. Will they make guests smile. Are plum bellinis a thing? (And yes they are, I can confirm!)