Another post to kick off the weather getting cooler, the leaves changing colour and the wardrobe getting cozier. I am already full Fall mode. The house is beginning to be decorated for Halloween, the hot chocolates are being collected and jackets are being brought out of storage. I do live in Bermuda which as you may know is a tropical island, so technically we do not see all of the Fall changes that other places experience including the leaves beginning to change and then fall off for winter. We do not have the four seasons, but we do have the change in weather even if its a lot more slight than whats experienced more North and we all know how to celebrate Fall the proper way, regardless of being a tropical island. (Or at least I do!)
So today I bring you the tastes of Fall!
What are the tastes of Fall? I believe it is everything warm and comforting, created with many seasonings, delicious aromas and exactly what you would crave after a cold, hard working day. So here is what my day looked like in regards to meals…
Heaping, stovetop oatmeal. Now we can’t just have any old oatmeal, we have to obviously make it more festive to be experiencing the Fall tastes so I added 1 cup of oats to a pot. Then as much cinnamon and nutmeg as I desired. I used almond milk to pour onto the oat mixture until covered and turned the heat on until it began to form a sticky, thick, oatmeal consistency. I then add mashed banana to make it more creamy and a heaping spoonful of peanut butter to melt and make it that much more tasty. On top I added a nut crunch mixture and blueberries. Feel free to add some cherries or a little maple syrup. This was the perfect combination for warming your insides, feeding the cravings and feeling cozy as I was tucked up in some blankets, reading a book while eating mine.
Chunky Vegetarian Chili. I can’t begin to tell you how much I have been craving a large bowl of warm chili ever since the weather turned a little cooler. So here is what I did; a large pot I starting putting in two tins of fire roasted diced tomatoes, 1 cup of quinoa, 1 large tin of red kidney beans and black beans, mixed corn, peas and carrots, heaping handful of spinach, 1 cup of vegetable broth, 1 chopped onion and then for the seasonings; chili powder, cumin and what really gives it the Fall touch, a considerate dash of cinnamon. Turn the heat on, put a lid on top and let this slow cook, stirring occasionally.
Honestly the best thing ever with chopped avocado and some crackers on the side. I look forward to this all week, as I made enough to last me a good while.
Of course, the good old hot chocolate. I have been pulling out all of my hot chocolate brands left over from last year for the time being. Will soon be going out to make this collection grow. Nothing screams Fall and the cooler seasons better than a large, warm mug filled with hot chocolate.
I like my hot chocolate made with almond milk when I am really craving the full, thick taste, and water when I just want that subtle sweetness. Going all out with your mug; put a dollop of whipped cream on top, with cinnamon, nutmeg and whatever else you desire. I am always so gutted knowing Bermuda does not have a Starbucks or classic coffee shop that turns into the best place ever for warm, seasonal drinks. It tends to just stay as the same old classic coffees, nothing like pumpkin spice or white chocolate mocha. Therefore I will be making my own this year, I cannot miss out!
I hope this post has given you the Fall feels and possibly a little bit hungrier for some Fall tastes.
See you soon!