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Are you excited to dive into some autumn adventures with me? The leaves are starting to change, I've dug out my thick socks and much of our region was just under tropical storm watches/warnings from Teddy — so you know it's definitely fall on the East Coast!
I hope you were spared from any storm damage and still have power so you can cook up some of the fall dishes I have for you below.
To kick off our Autumn Living newsletter, I have plenty of fun to get you in the mood for the new season if you're still holding onto summer like I am. Many farms are open with their corn mazes, hayrides and pumpkin patches, Celtic Colours will soon kick off virtually from Cape Breton, learn some tips on how to store all your veggies from the summer's gardening craze, find out what's up with the pumpkin spice obsession and dive into our latest local read.
I hope you enjoy!
Jill, SaltWire Audience Team
What fall activity are you most looking forward to this year? Let me know!
With Teddy out of our region, the weekend is shaping up to be lovely. Get your weekend weather with Cindy's latest forecast.
Four recipes full of fall flavour
Kinda sorta jambalaya with sausage and peppers
Jambalaya is one of those warm comfort foods that I begin to crave as the leaves start to change. This is a one-pot meal that can easily be thrown together on a busy weeknight.
It has loads of flavour from the sausage and spices and plenty of bell peppers to make things pretty, and you can make it as spicy or mild as you like by adjusting the amount of hot sauce.
Baked spaghetti bolognese
Elevate spaghetti night with this recipe for baked spaghetti bolognese. Why take the extra step instead of just serving your bolognese on top of cooked pasta? Well, the crispy edges you get on the noodles and the melted gooey cheese on top, of course!
Lemon and parmesan roasted cauliflower
I don't know what sort of magic happens when you roast cauliflower but I can confirm it's delicious. It's only been in the past few years that I've discovered how amazing (and inexpensive) roasted cauliflower is and I can't wait to try Renee's recipe with lemon and parmesan.
Honey pumpkin crostata
This is not your average pumpkin pie. This is a honey pumpkin crostata. What's the difference, you might be wondering? The melted butter and honey add mega flavour, and it bakes up beautifully in a cast iron skillet. Be sure to serve with plenty of whipped cream sweetened with maple syrup.
Fall family fun
Despite the pandemic, there's a lot of fall fun at local farms:
- The town of Kentville, N.S. is moving ahead with its annual Pumpkin People Festival from Oct. 3 - 30.
- Hanks Farm Market in Sydney, N.S. is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. seven days a week with their corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, market and more.
- Noggins Farm Market in Greenwich, N.S. is open Saturdays to Mondays from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. for families to enjoy their corn maze, apple picking, haunted house and more.
- The Belfast corn maze in P.E.I. opened to visitors on Aug. 8.
- Lester's Farm Market in St. John's, N.L. has opened their Field of Fun, featuring a corn maze, wagon rides, games, straw jump, petting barn and more. The Field of Fun is open daily, weather depending. They recommend checking their Facebook page before you head out.
Celtic Colours comes to you
The start of fall in Cape Breton is marked by the International Celtic Colours Festival, a celebration of music that typically attracts visitors from all over the world to pack small venues across Cape Breton Island for an intimate concert experience. This year's festival features nine nights of incredible performances, all streaming live to your living room ... free of charge! Artists from across Cape Breton and beyond join the Celtic Colours at Home lineup Oct. 9-17. Click here for more info!
Storing your harvest
If you joined in on the gardening craze this summer, you might be wondering what you're going to do with all the fresh produce ready to harvest at once. Here are some tips to preserve your bounty into the colder months.
Pumpkin spice and everything nice
Are you a PSL fanatic? It started with the famous Starbucks latte, and now it seems pumpkin spice flavour has inundated our fall lives with big brands like Kellogg's Special K, Twinkies, KIND granola bars and you can even get pumpkin-flavoured beers from East Coast producers - including Breton Brewing, Nine Locks, Propeller and Upstreet breweries. Where did this obsession come from? Sara Ericsson dives in to get to the bottom of it.
Taylor Widrig, who grew up on the South Shore and attended Lunenburg Academy, wrote her book for young readers, giving them a glimpse into the mythical and more practical lives of modern-day mermaids. The Mermaid Handbook covers everything from mermaid history and folklore, including the story of Minnow, the Mi’kmaw mermaid who swims in the Bay of Fundy, to tips on protecting the ocean and more than 40 healthy and easy-to-make recipes using seaweed. The book’s pages are filled with artwork by Briana Corr Scott, a Nova Scotia painter and illustrator.