I recently published the top 100 things to do across Canada this fall, which include things like leaf-peeping, checking out festivals, sleeping at lovely inns, and going spelunking. Still, when you think about it, besides the cool-weather clothes and glorious multi-hued foliage, the best part of autumn is really the food.
Herein, I present the Top 10 food-related reasons to love fall:
10. Fresh nuts from the shell using a nutcracker.
8. Roasted vegetables: I always feel like I get an extra boost of beta-carotene in the fall.
7. Mother Nature’s broad-strokes of gold, crimson and orange, along with the harvest moon, are all vibrant reminders of the earth’s bounty. Try this lamb roast with hearty root vegetables.
6. The aroma of chimney smoke makes city streets smell like the country, which also reminds me where our food grows.
5. Halloween candy! And caramel apples!
4. Summer’s over and winter’s not yet here. Now’s the time to ride the wave of nature’s most soulful season. Sure, there’s pumpkin. But think about larger joints of meat, birds and stuffing, oily fish like sardines and mackerel, and seasonal cakes and pies (pecan, apple and the like). It’s like the holidays, minus the extra fat and humiliating office Christmas party PDAs.
3. I find the colour-burst of trees so breathtaking that I’m almost afraid to drive (I’m easily distracted). So I walk a lot, in the cool temps with a warm fleece under a blue sky. And then I reward myself with a great latte and fresh-baked treat from one of my area coffee shops.
2. Roasted chestnuts.
1. Time to make the switch from G&Ts back to red wine!
And finally, to get you in the mood for all of it, here’s a simple recipe for Kraft Caramel Apples. After all, who needs hot weather and cool lakes when you’ve got caramel apples?
5 apples (any variety will do)
1 package (340 g) Kraft Caramels
2 tbsp water
Chopped peanuts, crushed Oreos, Smarties or chocolate for decorating (optional)
Step 1: Wash and dry apples thoroughly. Insert stick into stem of each.
Step 2: Unwrap caramels and microwave with water in a large glass measure or mixing bowl on high for 3 to 3-1/2 minutes or until sauce is smooth when stirred.
Step 3: Dip apples into hot caramel sauce and turn until coated. Scrape off excess sauce from bottom of apples and decorate.
Step 4: Place on tray lined with waxed paper. Refrigerate until serving time.
For another fun fall dessert recipe, try Witches’ Fingers Cookies.