Autumn is officially upon us, and the seasonal berries have swiftly been replaced with local root vegetables and a rainbow of squash and pumpkins. In the shop and yoga studio, we find ourselves longing for warm dishes, hot soups, and a bit more spice!
If you too find yourself craving a bit more warmth and spice in your foods, or if you feel compelled to focus your meals on seasonal produce, we would like to share a few recommendations!
Seasonal local and organic vegetables are our specialty, and we value the hard work of our local farmers. Stock up on potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, squash (such as our beautiful spaghetti squash, once they arrive), pumpkin, and root vegetables in general. Cook your vegetables through for the season to fulfil that craving for warmth and to ease digestion. Consider steamed vegetables, or blending your veg for a lovely soup.
Apples and pears are certainly in season, and at their tastiest! Consider cooking them a bit on the stovetop or under the grill before adding them to your porridge, with a dash of cinnamon. Again, keeping with the theme of warmth, and soothing the belly. ‘Tis the season for apple pies, crisps, and sauces too! Other fruits to utilise in your dishes include avocado, bananas, tomatoes, and citrus fruits.
Rice, oats, and wheat can feel nice and filling during these colder months. Fresh, locally made artisan loaves are delivered to the shops three times per week! If you have a gluten intolerance, know that we carry a wide selection of gluten-free oats, pastas, and artisan bread in the shops, so you can still enjoy these options if you choose. Consider a warm, spiced curry served over rice on a chilly November evening!
Olive oil, ghee, butter, and avocado oil are lovely choices to drizzle and spread over your dishes. We have a variety from which to choose in both shops, so come scope out the selection and choose your favourite.
Whole nuts are a fabulous option in general, but also nut butters such as peanut, almond, and cashew are quite satisfying.
Season your recipes with warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and cardamom.
Lentils and tofu are quite versatile and can be incorporated into dishes in a variety of ways for a hearty meal. If cooking with beans, we suggest soaking them for a lengthy period of time in order to ease digestion. Eggs, fish, and animal meat are also options, and we encourage sourcing locally and mindfully. We receive a weekly organic egg delivery to both shops from our local farmers at Scotston Farm (JS Baird & Sons).
Lastly, tea, hot cocoa, and turmeric milk lattes are comforting beverages to incorporate into the autumn and winter months. Our expansive range of Yogi teas and our variety of drinking chocolate and alternative milks provide you with quite a list of options for morning, midday, and evening!
Cosy up this season, and take time to enjoy good food for your soul. What’s your favourite food/dish to enjoy during the colder months? We’d love to know!