“And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves…”
– Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
As December starts autumn slowly fades into winter and even though I escaped it for a while to warmer, tropical place I love the autumn months. I love sunny days with crisp air in September and October, walks in the forests and occasional rain in November. Cozy sweaters and scarfs. In autumn every sunny day counts and heading out to catch some sunshine and fresh air is a must on weekends. We went on a nice walk in the forest in my home town and spend few hours chilling by Koseze Pond in Ljubljana. It is such a lovely place to be and there is a nice walking path. Perfect little escape. And even if you stay in the city center, Ljubljana is so beautiful in autumn. Walk around when the sun is shining and sit down for a hot chocolate when it starts to rain.
“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”
– John Burroughs
I love the warm and cozy feeling you get when you sit down to enjoy a cup of tea, even though you have a cold. Autumn is season of soups, especially pumpkin soups, smell of chestnuts when you walk around the city and hearty breakfasts on weekends. Apples with cinnamon, hot chocolate and chai lattes. Creamy millet porridge takes me back into my childhood when my grandma made this for me. Find the recipes here: Creamy Millet Porridge with Cinnamon Apples and Homemade Chai Latte.
This autumn I made few dishes for the first time and I will definitely do them again, because they are so yummy and easy to make. I don’t know how I never made shepherd’s pie before, it is such a comfy food and easy to make. I also made my first chicken pho and fell in love with the soup as it has such a lovely aroma. Star anise, ginger, cinnamon are not something I am used to in a soup but it was delicious. I added noodles, shredded chicken, spring onions and some mushrooms, just because I had them and I though they would go nice with it. Pumpkin soup is my autumn staple dish, in many variations its on the menu every single week. I like to spice it up with carrots, sweet potatoes or coconut milk. Add a bit of cayenne pepper for that extra heat and warm up.
“Autumn doesn’t always promise that winter will come, but she works hard until every colored leaf has reached its destination.”
– Terri Guillmets
How was your autumn? What did you do? What are you favourite autumn foods?