Variations of this cozy Autumn dish are always popular in our house. Grab a warm bowl and a spoon and curl up on the sofa for dinner tonight. A warm bowl of orzo is just gorgeous, one of our ultimate comfort foods. Tell us about your variations in the comments, we love to get inspired.
Ingredients (serves 4 or 5)
1/2 a small kuri squash pumpkin, chopped into chunks
3 or 4 portobello mushrooms, halved or quartered
a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
a large knob of butter (we use dairy free Naturli)
1 leek, rinsed and finely chopped
3 sticks of celery, diced
5 cloves of garlic, finely diced
400g orzo pasta
1 liter of vegetable stock
a small handful of fresh herbs eg rosemary and thyme
salt and pepper to taste
your favourite cheese to serve (we stock an amazing vegan blue cheese that you have to try!)
Turn your oven on to 200C. Spread the chopped mushrooms and pumpkin out into a tray and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss the tray to evenly coat the veg in the seasoning. Place in the oven to roast while you prepare the orzo.
In a large, heavy bottomed pan, sauté the leek, celery and garlic with the knob of butter and a little more olive oil. Season the vegetables with a little salt and pepper and cook on a medium-high temperature for 5 minutes or so until they are softened.
Add the orzo, herbs and vegetable stock to the pan and turn down the heat to a gentle simmer. Stir, then add a lid and gently cook until the pasta has absorbed all the stock and is soft. Stir every few minutes to ensure the pasta doesn’t stick. You may also need to add a splash more water. Taste a little pasta every now and then to see if it is done or if it is drying out and needs mor liquid.
After around 20-30 minutes, both the pasta and the roasted vegetables should be ready. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary then serve in warm bowls topped with the roasted vegetables and some cheese.
If you’ve made my autumn flavour kit from the blog and now you are wondering what to do with it, make these pumpkin spiced pancakes. They are fluffy, warmly spiced, sweet and so delicious! Even my pumpkin-hating kids like them! The trick with cooking really thick, soft, fluffy pancakes it to cook them low and slow, otherwise they’ll burn on the outside and be raw in the middle. Patience is key here! The other trick is to make the batter shortly before frying, you want the raising agent to work in the pan, not in the mixing bowl. Enjoy!
Ingredients (makes around 9 pancakes)
150g pumpkin puree (from a roasted pumpkin or butternut squash)
150ml milk (any milk you prefer, I use oat milk)
1 tbsp maple syrup (plus extra for serving)
1 heaped tsp of pumpkin spice mix (plus extra for serving) – check out the blog for our formula
2 tbsp baking powder
butter for frying and serving (we use the vegan naturli butter blocks, they are delicious, made from great ingredients and palm oil free)
In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk to evenly spread the raising agents and spices. Then add the maple syrup, pumpkin purée and milk and mix to just combine. Careful not to over-mix!
Warm a pancake pan over a medium-low heat and melt a tsp of butter. Fry spoons of the batter in small batches. The batter will grow quite a lot so space the pancakes out. I like to cook just 3 at a time.
Fry on low until risen and golden brown underneath then carefully flip and fry the other side. You may wish to turn them a few times to ensure they are evenly cooked and no longer raw in the middle.
Serve warm with a smear of butter, a generous drizzle of maple syrup and a dusting of pumpkin spice mix. Enjoy!
October is here and it’s time to really embrace autumn. One of our most popular autumn crops are our sweet little kuri squash pumpkins. Have you tried one yet? Grown right here on the farm in Galway, they taste like concentrated summer sunshine. Miles away in terms of flavour from watery carving pumpkins, these are bred for flavour. Think butternut squash dialled up to 11.
I like to have a jar of roasted pumpkin puree in the fridge at this time of year to add instant autumn vibes to any dish or drink, sweet or savoury. And speaking of autumn vibes, a little jar of pumpkin spice mix goes a long way to bring a cosy autumn atmosphere to your home. Add to your bakes, dust hot drinks, even simmer into an autumn tagine. These two jars of distilled autumn will be so useful in your kitchen.
To make a jar of pumpkin purée, simple cut your pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and roast, cut side down, until soft. Roast at 200C and check it after 30 minutes. Then scoop out the soft flesh and blend with a stick blender. Spoon into a clean jar and keep in the fridge for 3-5 days or in the freezer for 6 months.
Pumpkin Spice Mix
Our recipe for the perfect pumpkin spice mix that is warming, sweet and so useful is easy. Just mix together:
10 tsp cinnamon
5 tsp ginger
3 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Store in a clean, dry jar and use up within 6 months. Not just useful for sweet dishes and drinks, you can also use this spice blend to make a gorgeous Moroccan style stew with winter veggies, dried apricots and chickpeas. Serve with cous cous.
Lasagne is always a good idea for dinner. I always make two while I’m making one, it’s not much extra work and then there’s one in the freezer for a rainy day. This version is an autumn/winter favourite. Layers of roasted squash and garlic, spinach and pumpkin seed pesto, pasta sheets and plant based béchamel. Delicious!
Ingredients (serves 6)
1 kg squash, cubed
1 bulb of garlic, minus 1 clove
6 sage leaves
olive oil, salt and pepper
Spinach & Pumpkin Seed Pesto Layer:
400g spinach, wilted
150g pumpkin seeds, toasted
1 clove of garlic, saved from the bulb above
the juice of half a lemon
6 tbsp olive oil
10g nutritional yeast
salt and pepper
Plant Based Béchamel Layer:
150g plain flour (gluten free works too)
20g nutritional yeast
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 litre oat milk (get a gluten free one if you are avoiding gluten)
salt and pepper
250g lasagne sheets (we stock regular and gluten free)
extra sage leaves to decorate
Turn the oven on to 200C and cut a kg of winter squash (like kuri or butternut) into cubes, tumble them into a large baking tray. Peel a whole bulb of garlic and add the cloves to the dish, but put one aside for the pesto.
Toss the squash and garlic with 6 torn sage leaves and a generous drizzle of olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper then pop the dish in the oven to bake until soft. Meanwhile prepare the pesto and béchamel.
Put the spinach in a colander and pour over hot water to wilt the leaves. Squeeze the water out of the wilted spinach and put the bright, green lump in a food processor. Add the pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Blend into a rough sauce, taste and season with salt and pepper. Blend again briefly to bring the pesto together. Then make the béchamel.
In a cold pot, whisk the flour, nutritional yeast, mustard, nutmeg, olive oil and oat milk together. Then put the pot on a medium heat and whisk and cook until the sauce thickens and can coat the back of a spoon. Season well with salt and pepper then put to one side and check on the roasting squash and garlic.
When the squash and garlic is cooked though, mash it roughly, leaving some texture. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed, then it is time to assemble the lasagne.
In a deep baking dish, add a 1/2 cm layer of the squash purée. Add a layer of pasta sheets, then a couple of ladles of the béchamel. Spread two or three heaped tbsp of spinach pesto over the béchamel, don’t worry if it mixes in. Then repeat until you’ve used all the ingredients. Squash, pasta, béchamel, pesto… Ensure you finish up with a thick layer of béchamel.
Decorate the top of the lasagne with some fresh sage leaves then pop it into the oven to bake until bubbling. After about 20-30 minutes, the pasta should be cooked through and the top should be golden. Test with a small sharp knife. Then cut and serve with a side salad or steamed greens.
This loaf has everything I love in a cake. Great texture (thanks to the grated parsnips), not too sweet, lovely fruity bursts from the pear slices and it’s deliciously nutty and spiced, perfect with a hot mug of tea on a chilly Autumn afternoon! I hope you enjoy it as much as I am enjoying it right now. You’ll need a food processor to grind your linseeds and hazelnuts, and a grater for the parsnips, but apart from that it’s a pretty straightforward, one bowl cake.
3 tbsp flaxseeds, ground into flour in a small food processor
1 tsp each: ground cinnamon, ginger and cardamom (or use mixed spice?)
a pinch of salt
150ml vegetable oil
250ml oat milk (or any milk you like eg hazelnut)
250g hazelnuts, ground into a rough flour in a food processor
250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
250g parsnips, grated
2 large pears
Pre-heat your oven to 175C and line a large (or two small) loaf tin with baking parchment.
Mix the ground flaxseeds, spices, salt, oil, milk and sugar in a large mixing bowl and let it sit while you grind the hazelnuts and grate the parsnips. This time will allow the flaxseeds to absorb some liquid and turn ‘eggy’.
Tip the ground hazelnuts, flour, baking powder and bicarb into the mixing bowl and fold it into the wet ingredients. Don’t over-mix! Just fold it in until it’s fairly well incorporated.
Then fold in the grated parsnip. You should now have a spoonable, thick batter.
Peel the pears and cut them lengthways into quarters. Cut out the cores then cut the quarters into long slices.
Spoon half the batter into the lined loaf tin. Arrange half the pear slices on top, then spoon over the rest of the batter. Smooth it out and place the other half of the pear slices on top. Sprinkle with a few pinches of sugar if you like, then place the tin in the middle of the oven to bake.
Depending on your oven and the size of your loaf tin, this cake should take roughly 90 minutes to bake. Check it at 40 minutes in, then check on it every 15 minute or so after that. It will still be deliciously moist inside because of the pear slices and parsnip, but not wet. You can test it with a skewer. When it’s done to your liking, allow it to cool in the tin. Then carefully move it to a chopping board and enjoy in thick slices with a hot cuppa!
Overnight oats are so creamy and delicious, they fill you up and feel a bit special. Make these and give your past self a pat on the back in the morning! This autumnal version is probably my favourite. A creamy and sweetly-spiced pumpkin and cashew cream layer topped with an apple, oat, chia and pumpkin seed layer. I eat mine with a dollop of natural yoghurt on top.
Overnight oats last well in the fridge for 3 days. Mix up the ingredients and layer them up in jars or glasses and that’s breakfast sorted for a few mornings. This recipe makes 6 portions. Enjoy! And don’t forget to share your recreations with us in the comments or over on our friendly communityFacebook group.
Ingredients (serves 6)
Pumpkin Cashew Cream:
500g kuri squash pumpkin (or sub with butternut squash or similar)
100g cashew nuts
6 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Apple Overnight Oats:
180g porridge oats
3 tbsp chia seeds
6 tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 apples, grated
500g milk (any milk you prefer)
pinch of salt
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp maple syrup
Yoghurt to serve
Chop the kuri squash into bite sized chunks, no need to peel but do remove the seeds, and roast at 200C until soft. This usually takes around 20 minutes.
Spoon the cooked squash into a blender with the rest of the Pumpkin Cashew Cream ingredients and blend into a smooth, thick cream. Taste and add more maple syrup if you prefer it sweeter.
Mix all the Apple Overnight Oats ingredients in a large bowl.
Divide the pumpkin cream between 6 bowls/glasses/jars. Top with the apple-oat mixture.
Cover the portions and refrigerate overnight (or eat right away). They should stay fresh for 3 days in the fridge.
Serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt. Scoop down to get a bit of both layers in each bite!
Celebrate the season with this warmly spiced, toasty, nutty granola. Our newly harvested kuri squashes are so delicious. Sweet, nutty and buttery, everything you want from a winter squash. Add some to your next order here, we anticipate they’ll be flying out of our packing shed. We also stock organic oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, olive oil, nuts, linseeds and pumpkin seeds in compostables bags…everything you need to make this recipe. Liz x
500g porridge oats
200g pumpkin seeds
200g chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts this time, pecan nuts would be amazing)
400g-ish of kuri squash, chopped and de-seeded (half a medium squash)
250ml maple syrup (or sweetener of choice) – add more if you prefer a sweeter granola
250ml olive oil (or oil of your choice)
1 tsp salt
3 tsp each of ground cinnamon and ginger
1/2 tsp each of ground nutmeg and cloves (optional)
Preheat your oven to 200C and roast the chopped squash until soft (approx 20 minutes). Then turn your oven down to 150C.
Place the roasted squash into a deep bowl or jug with the maple syrup, olive oil, salt and spices. Blend until smooth with a stick blender.
Measure the oats, nuts and seeds into a large mixing bowl then pour over the spiced squash puree and mix well. Taste and add more syrup or spices if you like it sweeter or spicier.
4. Spread the mixture out onto large, lined baking trays and bake until crispy and golden. This can take over an hour depending on your oven. Keep an eye on the trays. Remove them from the oven every 15 minutes and stir the granola so that it gets evenly toasted.
5. Allow the granola to cool completely on the trays before storing in an airtight container. Enjoy with yoghurt or milk for breakfast or serve on smoothie bowl or ice cream… Homemade granola stays fresh for 2 weeks in an airtight container at room temperature.
Gnocchi are easy to make but they do require a bit of time and a fair few steps. So save this recipe for when you have the time to really take your time and enjoy the process. These colourful autumn gnocchi are made with an exciting new harvest on the farm, uchi kuri squash, and our beautiful beetroot.
Serve simply sautéd with butter, garlic, herbs and kale, or make a rich tomato pasta sauce to pop them on. Here’s a 30 second video to show you the process, otherwise, read on below. Liz x
Ingredients (serves approx 8)
a small winter squash like our uchi kuri (or sub with a butternut squash)
8 small beetroots, or 4 large
salt & pepper to taste
4 tbsp olive oil
plain flour (or a gluten free plain flour blend) – amounts vary, see method below
6 cloves of garlic
6 sprigs of rosemary (or sage?)
enough butter (or more olive oil) to sauté
8 leaves of kale (sub with beetroot leaves if you have any fresh)
a few handfuls of hazelnuts (we sell compostable bags of organic hazelnuts here)
Preheat your oven to 200C and get two baking dishes ready.
Chop your squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the squash into chunks and put it into one roasting dish. Scrub the beetroots and chop them into chunks too. Put them into the other dish. No need to peel either of these lovely, organic vegetables.
Season both dishes with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Then get them into the oven to roast until soft. This usually takes around 20-30 minutes, just keep an eye on them.
Allow the roasted veg to cool a little, then blend the squash into a purée. Taste and slightly over-season with salt. It needs to be a little too salty as you will be adding a fair bit of flour next.
Add 4 large serving spoons of plain flour to the food processor and gently pulse the mixture together. Be very careful not to over-mix as this can make the dough tough. I do this in a large food processor with the ‘S’ blade attachment, but you can use a stick blender to purée then just fold in the flour in a large bowl. Add more flour as needed (amounts vary as different vegetables have different water content) until you achieve a soft dough.
Scoop the dough into a bowl, then repeat the process with the beetroot. You will probably find that the beetroot dough needs less flour.
Cut the dough into manageable portions. Generously flour a clean work surface and roll the dough into thick snakes. Cut the snakes into bite size pieces.
Gently roll each bite over a ridged gnocchi board or the back of a fork. Place the gnocchi onto large, floured plates or trays.
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Then drop the squash gnocchi in, in small batches. Boil briefly, just until they start to rise to the surface, then scoop them out with a slotted spoon and place in a tray, ready to sauté. Repeat this process until all the squash gnocchi are boiled, then do the same with the beetroot. Do the beetroot AFTER the squash so that the squash gnocchi don’t get stained pink.
At this point you can space out any gnocchi you won’t be needing right away on a tray and freeze. When they are frozen solid they can be tipped into a box in the freezer to use another day.
Gnocchi can be sautéed, roasted, boiled, baked in a sauce… I think they are best sautéed in butter or olive oil and winter herbs. Get a large frying pan on the hob with a very generous knob of butter, tumble in as many gnocchi as you like and sauté until hot and starting to take on some colour.
Add torn kale leaves, sliced garlic, rosemary and chopped hazelnuts to the pan and cook until the kale has wilted and the nuts are toasty. Season as needed and serve.