Autumn

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Autumn is my favourite season. I love the colours of the leaves and the slight chill in the air although it is still fairly warm during sunny days. It is the time of preparing for school, buying sharp pencils, crispy books and new pens. I also love the fact that I am now able to make stews, soups, casseroles and anything hot. I love bowls of warm soup, especially when it is raining heavily outside and my old house shakes and wobbles in the heavy storms as it has done for over a 100 years. There is something so satisfying about using your own produce as well and the autumn month is packed with goodies such as rhubarb, cauliflower, parsnips, carrots, beets and more. And the blueberries, oh my. I am like a blueberry-vacuum cleaner because I pick for days to freeze for later use.

Many of the recipes you will find here are 'in season' during the autumn months although keep in mind that what we have in season in Iceland may be different to what you are used to in your country. Some of the recipe may not contain ingredients that are 'in season' but may have bribed me to be allowed in the autumn category.


A gorgeous ice cream cake, packed with antioxodants

Blueberry Ice Cream Cake

I often make treats from blueberries in the autumn since the only berries we get in Iceland are blueberries and bilberries (and redcurrants).

Very Icelandic and often made out of leftover porridge and fresh blueberries in

Blueberry Patties

Every mum and granny (and some dads and granddads) know how to make patties made out of leftover porridge or rice pudding. They are called "lummur" in Icelandic.

So delicious and so simple

Blueberry Tea

This is my favourite tea when blueberries are in season although I often make it with frozen blueberries as well.

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Carrot and Banana Loaf

I love the combination of pecan nuts, carrots and bananas.

The perfect Sunday scones

Carrot and Banana Scones

I love scones. They are easy to make, low in fat and are excellent when popped into the toaster. That means I can take them with me to work and enjoy almost fresh scones.

A very healthy juice, packed with vitamins

Carrot and Celery Juice

Carrots and celery are a classic combination in the juice world and no wonder, I think it is amazing.

A lovely juice, and packed with antioxidants and vitamins

Carrot and Fruit Juice

This is more like a smoothie or a thick juice since the pear and nectarine are blended in a food processor or blender. You can also juice the fruits if you prefer a thinner juice.

A very nice and a little different bread. Perfect for all kinds of toppings

Carrot and Sun-dried Tomato Bread

This is one of my favourite "different" breads. It has a nice aroma, colour and texture. I love it toasted with a slice of mild cheese.

My very first cake

Carrot Cake (My Very First Cake)

This is the very, very first cake that I baked. I am ashamed to say that I was 24 years old.

A super healthy carrot cake, packed with protein and fibre

Carrot Cake with Almond and Coconut Frosting

This is quite an unusual cake but I love it, especially since I never, ever eat the frosting you would find on "normal" cakes but this one is creamy and looks very much like the real thing, only a

My husbands gets so ridiculously happy when I make these

Carrot Cake with Quark and Date Frosting

This is one of my husband's favourite cakes. He gets soooo happy when I make it, he almost jumps with joy. This is a low fat carrot cake with a low fat frosting.

Delicious and light carrot fritters

Carrot Fritters

These fritters could be named carrot cakes (as they might be called in some countries). However I can't use the name 'cake' with anything savoury.

An easy and very healthy salad, the perfect side dish for the barbecue

Carrot, Pineapple and Sultana Salad

An easy and very healthy salad, the perfect side dish for the barbecue. I have tasted a similar version of this salad several times in Kenya.

A mild and lovely soup, perfect for autumn

Cauliflower and Potato Soup

Since we don't have a very warm climate in Iceland our only hope for growing something we can eat is potatoes and hardy vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, beets, carrots etc.

A very light and simple soup, perfect for the autumn harvest

Cauliflower Soup

I remember when I was a young girl (ok not THAT long ago), the kids in my neighbourhood used to attend a large garden where each kid had a plot for growing vegetables (we are not able to grow

A healthy and not too sweet drink, one of my favourite juices

Celery, Beet and Carrot Juice

If you are not into healthy eating, this drink probably might be a source of nightmares...it contains everything that "normal" people hate such as celery and beets (just add Brussel sprouts to comp

A hearty and flavourful soup

Chickpea Soup

I love Jamie Oliver's recipes and his whole philosophy on and approach to food, which is "use organic, local ingredients and avoid the junk". This is an adaptation of one of his recipes.

Great noodles with a distinctive taste

Chinese Five Spice Vegetable Noodles

'Five Spice' is a seasoning regularly used in Chinese food. It should be available in most supermarkets (and some health food stores), just ensure it contains only spices, not additives.

A very healthy snack, perfect as a light lunch or starter

Chunky Potato Wedges with Guacamole and Salsa

This is a very healthy snack, perfect as a light lunch or a starter before the barbecue.

A very refreshing and cleansing drink, perfect for detox

Cleansing Citrus Juice

When I was making this drink for the first time it reminded me so much of Kenya. The reason for that is that in Kenya you get green oranges.

Whenever I am felling lethargic or run down, I make this delicious smoothie

Cleansing Iron Rich Smoothie

This smoothie is particularly good for women since it is packed with iron from the beets (beetroots) and folic acid which is important for pregnant women.

A cleansing drink, packed with vitamins

Cleansing Pear, Carrot and Ginger Juice

This is a fantastic juice which I absolutely love and make several times each month.

Lovely buns with pistachios and hazelnuts, rich in protein and fibre

Coconut and Pistachio Rolls (Buns)

This might somehow sound like a strange combination, pistachios, hazelnuts and coconut in a bread but somehow it works and quite well I might add.

The perfect balance between noodles and soup

Coconut and Salmon Noodle Soup

This soup is the perfect one to make if you have a bit of leftover salmon in the freezer or fridge.

One of my favourite breads for toasting

Cornmeal and Mixed-seeds Bread

The texture of this bread is very nice and it is an excellent bread for freezing and toasting. Although the bread includes a fairly long ingredient list, it is quite easy to make.