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Autumn Meats

Autumn food – What to eat this season

What’s in season? Along with the cooler weather and darker days, we welcome a fresh season as with it, comes a new harvest of great seasonal food. Unless we happen to have a surprise heatwave in the near future, after a long summer of alfresco dining we now think about tucking the BBQ safely away and saying ‘Hello’ to Autumn. Until next time, we enjoy the cooler coming months as Autumn means comfort food, and there is nothing better than coming home to a comforting casserole or a steaming stew. The great thing about most comfort food dishes is that they are generally well balanced, with a good helping of vegetables and your choice of carbs, usually potatoes! Enjoy your meat with strong seasonal vegetables such as greens, squashes, aubergine, pumpkin and potatoes.

It’s always best to think seasonal when doing your food shopping and choosing recipes as this ensures you are getting fresh ingredients when they are at their absolute best. It is also better for the environment and cheaper for you!

So what to eat in September? Generally Autumn meat and recipes are richer and more indulgent, and whilst we love all meat, here are some of the best of the Autumn season’s ingredients;

Game

Game meat such as Duck, Goose, Rabbit and Venison, captures the essence of Autumn perfectly. It is rich, comforting and distinctly flavoursome, and although many people can be quite unconvinced about game, it is extremely versatile, healthy, and a great alternative to other meats such as beef, chicken and pork. Game is harvested seasonally, and due to this the animals benefit from a wild, natural diet and free range in their natural habitat, in turn producing healthier and leaner meat. Most game is low in fat but high in fatty acids that the body needs. It is also high in iron, with higher levels of nutrients such as Omega 3 and Selenium.

Lamb

As it was Love Lamb Week last week, we still want to celebrate our love for lamb, as this is one of the best ingredients for all things comfort food. Perfect in stews and curries, as Shepherd’s Pie, chops or shanks served with mountains of mashed potato, or Roast lamb with all the trimmings.

Sausages

Another all time, firm favourite (all year round), but especially when it’s cold, nothing beats a plate of Bangers and Mash, Toad in the hole or a sizzling sausage stew! Sausages are a British comfort food staple!

What is your favourite comfort food?