Sunday, October 11, 2009

leaves and roots

Several blustery days have rustled the trees and stirred the scent of fallen leaves. There is a damp sweetness about that smells like autumn and there nearly was a frost on the ground this morning. Today I'm inspired to sip tea from ceramic mug, click wooden knitting needles through a soft wool, and really not do much else...

Except, perhaps, a little shuffling in the kitchen:
Peeling and slicing and smelling a few earthy root vegetables - a perfectly autumnal task for such days.
Layering them (River Cottage style) in a dish with cream, garlic and chilies to be baked into a gratin.
Then savored with a handful of arugula tossed with lemon juice and olive oil.

Nothing fancy, but everything inspired.


emma wallace said...

Looks perfectly autumnal. I love root veggies and this sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy them! Yum!

Chelsea said...

Hello and thanks, Emma - so glad you stopped by! I love these roots, especially in the fall. This gratin is just the right kind of warm and homey dish for our chilly evenings.