Simple and in Season Winter Recipe Link Up

Welcome to another round of Simple and in Season. Each month I wonder whether it will be the last, but with 45 entries last month, which I had to split into savoury and sweet in the round-ups, I am encouraged to keep going and open up a new round! Thank you to everyone who took part last month.

Next weekend, the clocks will go back in the UK which means that the days will seem even shorter, light will be at a premium and I’m sure we’ll all be eager to make warming winter food!

My apple tree is laden with apples and my neighbour’s tree has pears, so I’ll be busy baking! This week I’ve made the cake that’s featured on the cover of BBC Good Food magazine – a really yummy Spiced Toffee Apple Cake  that I’ll be posting about soon – perfect for Bonfire Night, or really any night!

At this time of the year, you’ll also find lots of squash, beetroots and  winter cabbages. I’ll also be hosting a Crock-Pot giveaway too this month and am looking forward to sharing a few slow-cooked soups and stew recipes too, mmm.

And, if you are preparing food in advance for Christmas, feel free to link-up too – maybe you’re making fruit liqueurs…?

Anyway, as always, I’ll look forward to seeing what’s in season wherever you are around the world – so many of you have been submitting so many really inspirational stories and recipes.

Don’t forget, if you are on Twitter, you can Tweet Me and I will Re-Tweet any links I see – @RenBehan 

Please link-up your recipes here – contact me if you have any issues at all.

A very quick recap on the guidelines –

•All you have to do is come up with a dish using any seasonal produce you like (savoury or sweet) post it on your blog, add a link to this post mentioning Simple and in Season/Fabulicious Food! and then add a link to your post in the box above (via Simply Linked).

•This is the sixth  round and it will run up until Wednesday 30th November 2011. I will pick a winner shortly after (excluding myself obviously) and will include a round-up post including everyone who has entered.

•You can take inspiration from anywhere – adapt a recipe from your favourite cookbook, try something from a magazine, make up your own creation or share a family favourite. The usual rules apply when using someone else’s recipe, please either get permission from the author to post it or adapt it in some way stating how/why you’ve changed it.

•Include any seasonal produce you fancy including fruit, veg, herbs, meat or fish.

•Link as many recipes as you like. You can link posts entered into other blog events or carnivals as long as it involves a seasonal food item (and fits in with their rules).

•The linky-up is open to anyone, anywhere. I’m happy to post prizes abroad and although it will be nice to feature as much British produce as possible, it will be interesting to see what’s in season elsewhere.

•If you have questions or problems, email me or leave me a comment in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

This month the winner will receive a copy of Discover Organic – 70 tasty recipes from Organic lovers including Raymond Blanc, Lorraine Pascale and Jody Scheckter published by Haygarth. Visit to find lots of seasonally-inspired recipes. I’m really enjoying cooking from this book and will be reviewing my copy this week.

Discover Organic cookbook launched by Haygarth’s Why I Love Organic campaign

Happy cooking and eating!

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    1. Thanks so much Nazima, can’t wait to include it x

  1. Hi Ren,
    I have just submitted my recipe for this month. It’s for some little chestnut pasties made with sour cream pastry and served with pickled red cabbage.
    So many entries once again, great to see! xx

    1. Ooh Laura, they sound wonderful, thank you so much! I love pickled cabbage, what an unusual combination. Looking forward to including it in the round up.x

  2. Hi Ren

    This month I am featuring one Pumpkin cooked three ways on my blog, so I am entering Pumpkin Risotto, Pie and Soup into Simple and in Season. It looks like there are lots of other fab recipes entered too, they are all making me so hungry.

    1. Hi Clare, that’s fantastic, thank you so much!

  3. First time visiting your website, looking forward to trying some of these recipes. Here in the United States we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving. The Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes I’ve submitted is a family staple at both of our family’s gatherings.

  4. Some great recipes on here already Ren. I’m gonna have to get creative this time! Not that I’m competitive of course 🙂

    1. Thanks Urvashi, you book it on it’s way. There is a lovely lentil and goat’s cheese stew in there, which I love. I’m sure you will enjoy it too. x

  5. Hi Ren; Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your Simple and in Season link-up, and I’m going to be a regular contributor. I am passionate about seasonality, and growing fruit, veg and herbs in your own garden really brings home to you the knowledge that food in-season is best. Strawberries and Asparagus in December just don’t work for me, but Leeks and Brussels Sprouts? NOW you’re talking sense.

    1. Hi Mark, perfect! Thanks for linking up. I adore the Cavolo Nero recipe and the raddichio and super impressed that it’s home grown! Your blog has introduced me to some really inspiring blogs, wouldn’t have thought of looking at gardening blogs but it all makes sense now! Lots of inspiration. I totally agree, Asparagus out of season is wrong! And I’m with you on the leeks and brussels sprouts! Look forward to keeping up to date with your gardening adventures.

  6. Having been lucky enough to taste that toffee apple cake at the weekend I can confirm that it was utterly gorgeous! I’d like to join in too if I may?! x

    1. Of course, OMG, English Mum is joining in! You are warmly welcomed 🙂 Any seasonal recipes can be linked up, even your meatballs or the sauce as it uses seasonal leeks…x

  7. Looking forward to joining in with this Ren. I wonder how many entries you will have this time after last months bonanza!

    1. Hi Laura, I know, it was a bit mad. I left it open for a week or so longer as I had a bit of a back-log so that pushed the entries up a bit! Thanks for joinging in 🙂

  8. There should be plenty of seasonal produce to bake with, but all I seem to have are apples and more apples – still I guess you can’t have too much of a good thing!

    1. LOL, yes, even the picture this month is apples…there are also other apple-themed things going on too, check out The Pink Whisk. But yes, never enough apples!!

  9. Sounds like a great idea. I’ve just entered my first post but I think there will be more as I love using seasonal produce.

    1. Hello, welcome! Thank you so much for joining in with Simple and in Season! We’re a friendly bunch I hope you’ll find. Popping over to your blog now for a look.

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