Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Flavors of Autumn - NaBloPoMo

One can't truly summarize a season with a handful of flavors but somehow these select few below seem to always trigger the warm and fuzzy feelings i get when i think about fall.

Maple is a natural sweetener,  the sap is harvested from maple trees found in places like Vermont, Maine and Canada. It's better than other sugary ingredients cause it's full of good nutrients like Iron, Zinc, and Calcium. You can use it with yummy breakfast or to coat a chicken breast or piece of salmon before popping it in the oven to get a nice glaze/color.

Pumpkin is not one of my favorite flavors on it's own but combined with other ingredients it can be a great hit. My grandma made a jelly type pumpkin candy that they used to store in jars for later use, it kinda reminds me of her. 

Ginger is a great ingredient that can be used fresh, dried or candied. It's used in cooking but it's also used to make hot drinks, gingerbread cookies/crisps, cupcakes or just an aromatic ingredient to add to your morning juice. It also helps with nausea/morning sickness and tummy pains. I love the fresh ginger. I peel and dice it, boil it in water, let it cool down then put it in glass bottles and drink it throughout the week, it's great for blood circulation.

Ah *sigh* cinnamon is something i can use with almost every thing, every day; i flavor my tea with it, i sprinkle it over rice pudding, i use it in salads such as tabboule. You can't go wrong with Cinnamon, it's so versatile that you can use it with just about anything.

Did you know  that the nutmeg tree is evergreen? Nutmeg can be used in savory and sweet dishes. I've used it while making a rice/chick peas/ground beef dish and i've also used it in several cinnamon nutmeg sweets recipes. I like using the whole nutmeg and grinding it freshly when needed. It's a staple in our house. 

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  1. All of my favorites, and you sourced all good photos to get our taste buds going this morning! Happy fall....Sandy

  2. Pretty Photos. I liked your post. Have a good day. Melissa

  3. oh, you just made me want to bake a pie!