For me, September is a month of transition, I feel an urge to desperately cling on to the remains of summer, but am also looking forward to Autumn’s harvest which promises to be extra abundant this year – the wild bounty of autumn berries and fruits have been much enhanced by the hot summer and recently every time I have driven up the farm driveway I have been checking the progress of the bountiful elderberries and brambles.
To eek out the remains of summer, we have been enjoying a variety of coleslaws with our meals. Whilst we have mostly reverted to indoor eating, the addition of a fresh crunchy slaw to a meal is a welcome reminder of al fresco dining. I recently found a new recipe for a slaw of aromatic fennel and sweet peppers, dressed with a mustard vinaigrette. Made in advance, the flavours improved over half an hour or so. This is also the time of year to enjoy freshly harvested carrots, so a traditional coleslaw is an even more flavoursome treat right now.
Embracing the coming season, I am relishing the thought that I can very soon preserve some foraged delights in jars and store them for the winter ahead.