It’s been an awesome summer but now we welcome the change of season that Canada brings us. After a summer of vacations, camps, R&R and dining al fresco, it’s time to savour the last of earth’s local offerings. Why not have a harvest dinner to celebrate the bounty of the summer harvest?
If you haven’t already done it, plan for spontaneity, get in the car, Google the closest farmers market, purchase an abundance of fresh produce and cook up your market finds, like the TV show ‘Chopped’. You never know what you’ll come up with! I like to serve a bottle of Moscato this time of year, its sweet flavor and aroma of peaches, oranges and nectarines helps reminisce and cheer out the season.
When I think Autumn, I think homegrown produce, such as zucchini, fresh tomatoes, beets and carrots. The barbeque is my main squeeze when it comes to grilling; fresh veggies topped with slices of Bocconcini and herbs. Fall is also a time to begin anew as I break-up with my grill and create some raw vegetable dishes. Abundant cherry tomatoes sprinkled with flaked sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Grated fresh beets with a mustard vinaigrette and some crumbled Feta. Or, I take advantage of my new bff the ‘spiralizer’ and make a raw zucchini pasta drenched in a basil pesto sauce! Okay, now I’m getting hungry…
Call me romantic, but one of life’s special pleasures is dining al fresco. Whether it be on your balcony, backyard patio or on a patch of grass at a park. Take in the aroma of the crisp Autumn air, mingle with nature, say goodbye to your seasonal friend and foods … until next year.