Eat the Seasons : Autumn


Runner Beans

Have you spent the summer nurturing and tending  your runners?  Well now is the time to get harvesting! But remember to send us a picture of your longest runner bean for our giant bean competition.

Looking for the longest bean

Is there a bean long enough for the Giant Bean Competition?

Runner Beans give your plate brilliant colour and taste great! Try them boiled with your roast dinners; stir-fried in oil with garlic, peppers, beansprouts and chicken; or in a warm new potato and mackerel salad.


Popeye knew what he was doing when he indulged in these leafy greens. Spinach is bursting with nutritional value. You can chop it up and stir it round in a frying pan with a drop of olive oil. after a few minutes it will have become much more ‘solid’ and reduced in size…delicious in our tartlets recipe with a little bit of cheese.


Another vegetable that is versatile.  Looks a bit like a cucumber but has a whole taste of its own!

Courgettes are easy for children to chop up and good for their cookery skills.

Wow! this courgette was yellow! It added colour to our tartlets.

We put it in our tartlets but it is also great in stir-fries or mixed with tomatoes, peppers and onions in a ratatouille. Another favourite is in muffins or cakes.  You could even try it raw with carrot, pepper and celery sticks with a tasty dip to dunk it in.


Blackberries are bountiful this year, take a walk and pick your own. If you manage not to eat them all before you get home try mixing them into some plain yoghurt for a delicious pud.

Pick Blackberries fresh from the bush for great taste!

Another way to get great flavour from your berries is to cook them in a delicious crumble. When the days are getting darker and the nights colder there’s nothing better than curling up with a nice hot fruit crumble.


These are a wonderful colour…normally bright orange but did you know carrots were purple originally? For lots of ideas for making carrot soup see Carla Carrot.

Leila and Lucy pulling carrots

Carrots add lots of colour to other dishes or can be used to make a wonderful soup.

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