October is hands down one of my favourite months of the year. The weather is still nice, the fall colours are beautiful and there is that wonderful holiday we call Thanksgiving. It pretty much has it all, don’t you think? October also managed to somehow have a bit of a perfect “balance” for me; there was food, family and friends and just the right amount of fun. Of course there was work in there also, both of the full-time variety and the blogging variety, a few days with a lost voice and oh yeah, there was a pretty huge Canadian election and we have a new Prime Minister and not to mention the Blue Jays made the playoffs. Pretty packed month when you think back on it. I’ve found that it’s so hard to get that balance (something a couple of my other working friends have found as well), and I’m already feeling a little off-kilter about November, but it’s ok, there are still three weeks to go. Let’s take a look back at October.
October 2015 Recipes
October was loaded with simple and flavourful recipes (my favourite kind). In fact, I shared eight new recipes in the month of October. This is a number I strive to meet each month, but it’s pretty hard to develop and test eight recipes per month, but I managed to pull it off for October. There were the Thanksgiving recipes: a creamy and smooth acorn squash soup, turkey that can be made in the slow cooker, my favourite sourdough stuffing and roasted delicata squash. Oh and let’s not forget the piece de resistance that layered pumpkin pecan pie hybrid dessert. But there was more than just Thanksgiving recipes, we also had make-ahead breakfasts, slow cooker beef stews and a satisfying vegetarian stir-fry. Wow, what a food-packed month, this makes me so happy.
One year ago: Last year I had an entire “student style” Thanksgiving feast, plus there’s a budget friendly turkey recipe in there.
Two years ago: One of my all-time favourite soups a creamy, French-Canadian split pea soup. (I’m working on developing a slow cooker version for you).
Three years ago: My love affair with pumpkin isn’t anything new, a recipe for pumpkin-spiced granola is perfect for fall.
Four years ago: This is still a go-to weeknight dinner for me, thyme chicken drumsticks are roasted at a high temperature and have an incredibly crispy and succulent skin.
Five years ago: A dessert perfect for your first Thanksgiving, Chocolate Pecan Pie with a really easy food-processor style crust.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate that I don’t think there is anything apart from this blog that I can say I was doing five years ago that I’m still doing today.
October was glorious. Thanksgiving long weekend was spent up in Fenelon Falls at my Grandmother’s cottage and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. We had such a great time, there’s something so special to be welcomed so warmly, it just makes you feel all full of happiness. I was able to spend mornings out on the dock, reading and sipping coffee. Cozy evenings snuggled up with a cup of tea. There was incredibly yummy food, of the Thanksgiving variety but also my Grandmother makes the most delicious chili and spaghetti sauce. It was only a few days, but it was the perfect getaway and I felt so refreshed after being away.
October was filled with so many other thoughtful moments that made me so happy. There were Blue Jays games (watched from the couch) with my favourite Tandoori wings, my friend surprised me and cooked dinner from my chili recipe way back in the archives. Of course, the weather getting cooler calls for ramen and pho, both which were plentiful in October and I suspect will continue throughout the winter. I’m so lucky to live here in Toronto where there are always a million and one options for any kind of food you could dream of, live music or just a fun night out.
Living Lou around the web
As part of my job, I write a weekly blog post for Chatelaine.com here’s what I wrote about in October, lots of great info:
7 popular healthy seeds and what to do with them (think chia, flax and quinoa)
November Recipe Preview
Lots of great recipes coming your way in November. Stay tuned, I’ve got some cool-weather inspired recipes ready to go (it’s so hard to find time to actually shoot the photos with the lack of sunlight, it’s a struggle).