Around this time of year, many of us will find ourselves heading into autumn looking back over our shoulders, once again reluctant to let go of summer for another year.
Foodies, on the other hand, are one group who often seem to buck the seasonal moodiness trend. For fans of vivid, earthy vegetables and richly marbled, smoky-sweet proteins, there’s usually a lot to look forward to in what Keats so memorably called the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’.
With so many cheerful, warming, vaguely festive ingredients coming into peak season from August to December, it’s difficult not to look forward to all those deliciously warming autumn recipes - even if you could do without the weather taking a sharp turn first!
Getting creative in the kitchen is the perfect way to keep off the damp, cold and fog of the shorter day. More than in any other season, even the most timid cook can work absolute wonders with a few simple autumn foods.
See below for a couple of our favourite seasonal classics - easy autumn dinner ideas that look far more complicated on the table than they actually were to prepare...