While birds consult their migrations and trees present intensified hues filtered through a lemony light of November sun – almost warm… but not quite. Now is the time to indulge in all things good.
A shrewd move is to befriend any acquaintance owning fruit trees. At this time of year, pears and apples are a treat and our larder testifies to a careful selection of folk with orchards. Include Just William, who on a balmy day in October patrolled his fruit trees in agitated silence. Watching, from a safe distance whilst sipping tea from a vintage mug, I observed flecks of russet, jupiter and pippin beginning to disappear. A voice suddenly boomed from within the boughs, “do you ever move?” yelled William, cupping his hands in an unnecessary attempt to amplify his voice. Considering this a rhetorical question I sank deeper into my chair.
Whilst on the note of apples I would like to congratulate the lucky winner of October’s Apple-day market who took home a luxury hamper by way of our kind benefactors.
Along with fruit, autumn also delivers an abundance of rich game meats complemented by hearty root vegetables. Squash in particular are both satisfying and warming. Consider, soup, risotto, pie, pasta or simply roasted.
Venison with its rich, lean composition has a flavour reminiscent of beef and makes regular appearances at our dinner table. It’s November so I’m duty bound to mention bangers? Also include the deep, rich flavours of game birds, roast partridge and pheasant wrapped in bacon and you have every reason to make a visit to Barnard Castle Farmers’ Market a must for November 1st. Stalls will be awash with the delicious tastes and smells of autumn. We start and 9.30am and finish at 3.00pm