In the 10 days since summer finally said goodbye I’ve noticed that I have a new focus. And as I thought more about writing this blog I recall that this “new” focus is seasonal with me, repeating every fall. The darker mornings and earlier sunsets have made me more aware of the daylight weather and grateful for some gorgeous days. But I find myself torn between the sense of needing to get outside as much as possible in the fine weather and a strong urge to cook and bake. Maybe you know what I mean? In the fall, the kitchen calls to me more than any other time. Some people get right into pickling and preserving at this time of year. Such a great way to enjoy the bounty of the harvest throughout the winter. Me, I use my freezer lots to keep our own plus locally grown fruits, veggies and herbs for winter cooking. So it will be in the fall that our freezer has stores of home-baked goods (albeit healthy ones… as my family will attest) and one-dish meals that can be a nutritious, homemade lunch or dinner without any prep.
So, as sad as I was to face a day of rain this past Sunday (and have my hiking plans postponed) I loved that I got to spend the time preparing food for the week, for Thanksgiving weekend and for my (grown) kids who will be able to return to school with some home-cooking. I loved using the fresh fruits and vegetables that have been shared from generous harvests. It felt right to know that I was preparing nutritious goodies from the freshest ingredients available – I could envision how my creations would boost our health. And let’s face it the viruses are already intense with the Back-To-School-Cold (see Lorrie’s blog last week). As much as I still wish for a dish fairy, the day was food for my heart and soul (and body too lol).
One of my favourite things to simmer on the stove in fall and winter is bone broth. Bones from a roast of meat or purchased from the butcher, simmered for several hours with (and not limited to) carrot, celery, onion, parsley and other fresh (or frozen) herbs plus a few peppercorns, then strained when cool. But forget the veggies, simmering the bones alone has some awesome health benefits. “Bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline. The collagen in bone broth heals your gut lining and reduces intestinal inflammation.” (Dr. Axe Food in Medicine). Not only is it healthy, it is a delicious way to boost your hydration in the cooler months as it warms your belly. Can you tell I’m a fan? If you want to learn more about bone broth this is a good link:
So, my friends, fill up as we lead up to Thanksgiving Weekend. Feeling grateful for the healthy, bounty of the harvest and the love in my world. Thanks so much for reading.