Did I blink and miss it?
I’m not giving up yet though. We all know that September can be glorious in Ireland – as long as you bring your cardie!
We certainly are in the midst of a change of seasons though, with it’s most evident feature being the kids going back to school.
New shoes, new uniforms, school lunches, home work (groan) and sports kits occupy our attention. A friend of mine posted on Facebook today about his wife’s battle with sticky-back plastic, which took me back a full 20 years. Was I the only one who always had a crease on the back page of every copy-book? The front cover was fine, but the back told the truth – this child’s Mother was a failure, unable to manage the simplest task. I knew the teachers were judging me..
But enough of my failings… All I can tell you is that while you might not realise it, these are some of the best (and busiest) days of your lives, so try to relax and let the back cover of the home-work notebook be creased if that’s how it goes. You, and your children will survive.
The up-side of cooler weather is that you can start making a few cosy meals and try using up some of everyone’s glut of apples. My Blueberries performed magnificently this year, but are now finished, with a box of them nestled in the freezer, awaiting their moment of glory on Christmas morning (sorry to throw in the ‘C’ word there). But the Blackberries are still coming, and so far we’ve had an Apple and Blackberry Pie (so yum, and hardly any added sugar), and I’m working on this year’s batch of Blackberry Liqueur..
Mr Saturday Night has had his longed-for Cottage Pie – I don’t usually make this in warm weather – so he’s happy for the moment, and tantalised by the hope of more cosy, warming dishes to come..
Like everyone, I have those awful ‘what on earth will I make tonight?’ moments, and I’ve taken to looking up my own website for inspiration. That’s probably a bit boastful isn’t it? Still, I’m always grateful when I find a forgotten gem – next time you’re stuck, just have a quick look and see if you can find something to suit you.
All the dishes that I’ve mentioned here (and many more) are available on www.eatingforireland.com so take 5 minutes to have a look every now and then.
To Mr Sat. Night’s chagrin, there is still no advertising on Eating for Ireland (he can’t believe that someone hasn’t snapped me up by now!! 😉 ) And the only cookies on my site are Ginger biscuits and Shortbread!
So, Summer is not entirely over yet, but certainly Autumn is on it’s way. There’s so much to look forward to in this most glorious of seasons – golden leaves, abundant local produce, beautiful sunny but chilly days – wrap up, get out and make the most of it!
Love from Becks xx