Eat Seasonal: October

October 2, 2017
Spicy pumpkin soup

By eating food that is in season you will have more flavour on your plate. Eat Seasonal October lists all the food that is in season in October.

October is here, it is officially Autumn. The leaves on the trees are turning spectacular colours. Reds, golds and browns make a wonderful display. Leaves are starting to litter the ground. Soon we will be swishing though leaves as we walk. The weather is turning colder. Cold, dark and misty mornings are becoming normal.

Colder weather brings the need for comfort food. Think hot warming soups, slow cooked stews and steamed puddings. Warm filling food helps to keep the cold away. It is also perfect for Halloween parties which will end the month.

What is in season in October?

Now is the time to find apples and pears in abundance. If you are out walking keep your eyes open for wild apple and crab apples. These are great for making apple chutneys and jellies. You will also find elderberries in the hedgerows. Perfect for making jam, jellies and even wine. Also look out for sweet chestnuts, a perfect treat when roasted in the oven.

The star of the season has got to be pumpkin. Carve your pumpkin for Halloween and use the insides to make soups or pies. Use carrots, turnips and swedes in tasty stews for a warming Autumn meal.

To help you find out what food is in season this month I have a simple chart that contains this information. You can download the pdf for October seasonal food to print out and stick to your fridge.

Eat Seasonal: October. What food is in season in October

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Seasonal Recipes for October

Chicken and pumpkin seed fajitas

chicken and pumpkin seed fajitias

Chicken and pumpkin seed fajitas are a lovely tasty evening meal. It is a great way to use up left over pumpkin seeds which add a lovely crunch.

Chicken and pumpkin seed fajitas
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Spicy pumpkin soup

Spicy pumpkin soup

What could be nicer than a hot bowl of soup on a warm day? This spicy pumpkin soup is the perfect warmer for Autumn. A subtle blend of turmeric and fennel seeds adds an overtone of spice to warm you up.

Spicy pumpkin soup
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Spicy pumpkin soup

Baileys Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

Baileys pumpkin spice cheesecake

This is actually a little cheat as it doesn’t have pumpkin in it. It uses Baileys pumpkin spice for the flavouring. However who could resist a slice of this on an Autumn day? A lovely flavoured cheesecake is perfect for taking your mind off the weather

Baileys Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
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Butternut squash and ginger soup

butternut squash and ginger soup

Butternut squash and ginger soup is the perfect blend for keeping colds at bay. Ginger adds a subtle tang and helps to boost the immune system. Butternut squash is a lovely creamy flavour which is perfect for a windy Autumn day.

Butternut squash and ginger soup
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Tomato soup

Tomato soup

Tomato soup is one of my favourite soups. I could happily eat it every day. Home made tomato soup has so much more flavour. This tomato soup is really easy to make, well worth it.

Simple Tomato Soup
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Tomato soup

St Stephens Pudding

Saint Stephens Pudding

St. Stephens pudding is a steamed pudding made with apples. Serve with custard for the perfect taste of Autumn. While it does take a little while to make the result is worth it. It is ideal comfort food.

Get the recipe: St Stephen’s pudding

St Stephen’s Pudding
A delicious steamed pudding made with apples and raisins.
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Saint Stephens Pudding

Kale cocktail

Kale cocktail - a white shade of kale

Make kale into a cocktail to spice up an Autumn evening and help your immune system. This cocktail features kale juice, lime juice, apple juice and gin for a blend that will make you feel summer is on the way.

A Whiter Shade of Kale Cocktail
A delicious and tasty cocktail with gin, apple, lime and kale juice.
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Kale cocktail on a bench with a cocktail shaker and some leaves of kale

Cock-a-leekie soup

Cock-a-leekie soup

Cock-a-leekie soup is a traditional soup which is a meal in a bowl. The lovely blend of chicken and leeks works perfectly to warm you up.

Cock-a-leekie soup
Cock-a-leekie soup is a traditional Scottish recipe made with chicken and leeks. It is warm and satisfying, the perfect pick me up on a cold day
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Cock-a-leekie soup

Leek Pudding

Leek pudding

Leek pudding is another traditional recipe. It is a suet pudding which encloses leeks cooked in butter. It is great eaten as a main or as a side dish with a Sunday roast.

Leek Pudding
Leek pudding is a suet pudding with a filling of leeks that comes from North East England. The perfect comfort food for winter
Check out this recipe
Leek pudding on a plate with a pan of white sauce behind

Get the recipe: Leek pudding

Do you have any recipes that you like to make in October? Let me know below.

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4 responses to “Eat Seasonal: October”

  1. We’ve got big into soups over the last couple of weeks – great on a cold evening – and that cheesecake looks divine 🙂

  2. All your soups look delicious, and I’d love a slice of Baileys pumpkin spice cheesecake! Our elderberries are already over, there is hardly anything left. Still plenty of red apples.

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