>> Thursday, September 17, 2009
It's a grey, wet, chilly 17c/62f day. The trees are gently swaying back and forth , the neighbors wind chimes singing and the birds are quite. On the side walks I can see the water droplets falling on the puddles of rain that has been collecting throughout the day. There are also leaves that have fallen off the trees, some green, some golden and some red. I can also see the pointy horse chestnuts that have fallen and spread out on the sidewalks, grass and on the roads. Some still in the protection of their little shells, and others all on their own. Not many people are out today, and the few there are have coats or long sleeves on. Suddenly I come to the realization, Summer has come to an end. Though officially the Autumn equinox , here in the northern hemisphere, doesn't start until the 22nd of this month, 5 more days, a new season is here.
I love autumn, the way the landscape becomes so vibrant with all the beautiful colors of the changing leaves. I love the way my scarves feel wrapped around my neck, so soft and keeping me warm. I love the selection of fresh nuts, and all the fruits and root vegetables that fill the markets.
For me autumn also means warm and comforting foods and a lot of warm drinks. When the weather outside starts getting cooler I start making soup. All kinds of soups, spicy and mild, some with only vegetables, others with meats, others with grains and beans, stews, cremes, puree and veloute, soup galore! Another thing I really enjoy during this time is practicing and learning to bake. The oven warms up the house and fills us with the aromas of the breads and sweets. There's nothing like the warmth on your hands from fresh baked goodies. Tea is an absolute must too, everything from loose leaf, tea bags, the spicy concoctions of Chai Masala(Yogi Tea), and the tangy taste of ginger tea. Don't forget the hot chocolate too, my choice is a hot, frothy and sweet Mexican hot chocolate.
As we welcome a new season what are your favorite things about autumn? What do you look forward to the most? What are your favorite things to cook or bake?