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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Lusciouslush » Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:29 pm

Sue - your fridge makes mine look positively chaotic!!

Well, the weather is all over the place isn't it - one minute I'm making a definite autumn meal - the next I'm back to summer(ish)


The plums have been an absolute joy this year tho' - got thro' tons of them with The Lushly's picking - thinking of making a plum & almond cake soon...…..

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby strictlysalsaclare » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:30 pm

Mmm, I seem to have started a cheesecake trend on here :thumbsup! All the elements of my one are now made, I just need to put the fruit topping onto the orange filling once it's set :crossed. I'll also be making a raspberry cheesecake once the other one is nearly finished. We have 1 and a half tubs of frozen raspberries to use up before we get our new freezer delivered on Monday next week. I've only had the recipe for about 25 years in one of my Mary Berry books, and I've never made it as that, although I have used it as a basis for other fruits.

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Alexandria » Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:37 pm

Strictly Salsa,

Wow .. I am a rasberry enthusist .. Sounds wonderful ..

Have a lovely weekend .. :wave
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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Rainbow » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:22 am

karadekoolaid wrote:Well we don´t grow pine nuts OR almonds over here, but cashew nuts do exist - in the South East of Venezuela. Hadn´t thought of that option. Thanks Sue!

I've made it with cashew nuts and it was fine. Pine nuts are very expensive here and I'm not that keen on them, but we always have cashews and almonds in the pantry :D

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Lusciouslush » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:46 am

I'm not so keen on pine nuts anymore - I found an unopened packet at the back of the cupboard a few years ago - totally rancid when I opened them - it's put me off ever since.


Should have sensibly kept them in the freezer - do all nuts freeze well?

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Stokey Sue » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:54 am

My kitchen is very warm and I keep raw shelled nuts and sesame seeds in the freezer. I have a little box that contains ground almonds, flakes almonds, raw cashews and two kinds of sesame seeds. Must get some walnuts

They keep perfectly for ages in an airtight wrapping or a plastic box

You have to be careful with pine nuts, if the price is too good to be true then they are sometimes Chinese pines of a different variety which aren’t so nice and may even contain a variety that can be quite unpleasant. I think I had those once

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby strictlysalsaclare » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:54 am

As we need to get our old freezer outside and defrosted before it gets collected by the delivery men who are getting the new one to us, we need to empty the freezer today. Therefore I will probably make either jam or the beginnings of a raspberry lemonade with our frozen berries.

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby strictlysalsaclare » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:17 pm

strictlysalsaclare wrote:Mmm, I seem to have started a cheesecake trend on here :thumbsup! All the elements of my one are now made, I just need to put the fruit topping onto the orange filling once it's set :crossed.


Yay! The cheesecake has set perfectly and is now fully assembled!

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Stokey Sue » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:30 pm

Just went to the posh greengrocer

Fresh cob nuts are in :)

Didn’t buy any, waiting on wet walnuts soon

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Gillthepainter » Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:46 pm

I saw cobnuts at our food festival today.
Quite a small bag for £5. Isn' t that a bit too expensive?

What do you all do with them please?

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Stokey Sue » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:14 pm

Gillthepainter wrote:What do you all do with them please?


Well apart from in salads or patisserie, just munch them

Which is why I didn't buy any, I munch too much!

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Gillthepainter » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:23 am

Thanks Sue.
The only recipe I have for them is a veggie side dish, more like a dumpling. With seeds.
I cannot say I've ever seen anything else.

Waitrose always has them, I'll be interested to see how much they charge when I get some for my snacking.

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Pampy » Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:05 pm

I grow cobnuts and occasionally manage to pick some before the squirrels get their paws on them.
I've made a meringue with finely ground cobnuts which was very tasty - quite chewy though.

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Gillthepainter » Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:38 pm

Pesky squirrels.
That's a good plan. Adding them like you would ground almonds.
I've got loads of recipes that use those.

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby jeral » Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:05 pm

Gillthepainter wrote:Pesky squirrels.
That's a good plan. Adding them like you would ground almonds.

I've never tried grinding a squirrel. Probably best to make sure the lid's firmly on the blender.

I tried a couple of cob nuts when last mentioned on here, scrounged from green grocer as not knowing what to expect. They seemed something of a nonentity to me. Perhaps revisiting them is in order if now in season.

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Stokey Sue » Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:28 pm

They are really just big hazel nuts - and like hazel nuts are IMO best if lightly toasted to bring out the flavour and crunch. Neither has a lot of flavour if underripe but their appearance is just one of the flags that tells you autumn is coming, especially if you can forage for them

I bought s six pack of Cripps Red early apples from Iceland of all unlikely places. Very good and a good price, they had good English apples last year too

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby jeral » Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:41 pm

Ahh, maybe toasting cobnuts is the key.

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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Alexandria » Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:48 pm

Indian Summer ( Early September ) ..

Our climate is still quite warm even though we are having an early grape harvest this year ..

It does not really get very chilly and / or cold here until November ..

Boletus Mushrooms ( Mid October ) .. Still too warm ..

However, we have some lovely Milk Sap Mushrooms called Niscalos in Spanish, a vivid rusty burnt orange medium size wild mushroom also called Rovellos in Catalan .. They grow in the foothills of the Pyrénees of Lleida, north west of both Barcelona and Girona .. :yum

Freshly hunted wild feathered game is coming onto the scene ( quail, partridge, pheasant and guinea fowl ) ..

Have a nice day / evening ..
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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby Alexandria » Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:48 pm

Indian Summer ( Early September ) ..

Our climate is still quite warm even though we are having an early grape harvest this year ..

It does not really get very chilly and / or cold here until November ..

Boletus Mushrooms ( Mid October ) .. Still too warm ..

However, we have some lovely Milk Sap Mushrooms called Niscalos in Spanish, a vivid rusty burnt orange medium size wild mushroom also called Rovellos in Catalan .. They grow in the foothills of the Pyrénees of Lleida, north west of both Barcelona and Girona .. :yum

Freshly hunted wild feathered game is coming onto the scene ( quail, partridge, pheasant and guinea fowl ) ..

Have a nice day / evening ..
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Re: Hello Autumn.........!

Postby karadekoolaid » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:44 am

No such thing as Autumn here. It´s either the rainy season or the dry season.
Mangoes are disappearing, though.

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