Celebrate Apple Day in late October to care for the diversity we are in danger of losing, not just with apples but all the richness and variety of good fresh produce. Join in the celebrations with fruit from the market and make jams and jellies, warm crumbles and pies and try your hand at juices and ciders. It's a novel way to encourage healthy eating and to foster awareness of how special good local food is for all of us.
How can you not love a good pie? Creamy leek and chicken light with golden puff, rich beef and ale with a crisp suet lid, smoky fish under a thick crust of cheesy mash, spinach and feta redolent of herbs wrapped in the crunch of filo - there's a pie for every occasion. Don't stop at savoury - apple and rhubarb inside sweet shortcrust, delicate lemon curd with a cloud of meringue or chocolate biscuits, brownies and custard layered beneath whipped cream - make sweetie pie endings to dinner.
Sweets for my sweet, honey for my honey... Homemade sweets are such a treat - find recipes here for rich chocolate truffles to end your dinner party on a luxury note, piles of pretty pink perfumed turkish delight to add glamour to your morning coffee and decadently rich cream fudge to nibble on any time you need a quick pick-me-up
Halloween is trick-or-treat time and one of the best non-edible uses for a pumpkin! Scare up some spooky treats, top cakes with cobwebs and add spiders to your cookies. Keep sweet with toffee apples and beware - the witches eyes are all about. As the night gets late, share a hearty sausage casserole and steamy bowls of creamy soup from the heart of the pumpkin.