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 nightmare to prepare although the end result is well worth the effort

Crêpes with Pearl Barley, Mushrooms and Mustard Sauce

I love crêpes...the French pancakes originating from Brittany in France.

A very refreshing smoothie packed with antioxidants

Crowberry and Ginger Smoothie

During my childhood, every autumn my parents picked crowberries and blueberries.

My favourite nut loaf. It is an absolute winner every time

Curry Nut Loaf

This is my favourite nut loaf. It is originally from a book called World Food Cafe in London. The cafe is amazing and so is the book, I definitely recommend both!

A mild and filling soup, perfect for the whole family

Dhal (Lentil Soup) with Pumpkin and Coconut Milk

I actually had to bake this soup in an oven proof baking dishes since the gas on my stove finished, just in the middle of my cooking!

A bowl full of sunshine, vitamins and colour

East African Fruit Salad

In every upmarket hotel/lodge I have stayed in when travelling in East Africa (and they are many) a fresh fruit salad is served at the end of a meal.

East-African soups are full of flavours and often slightly sweet

East African Vegetable Soup with Nuts and Sweet Potatoes

This is a substantial soup and for those who think that soups are "not a meal" (like my dear father), think again because with all these ingredients you can't help but feel satisfied and full.

A very light soup, perfect as a light lunch or meal

Egg-drop Soup with Sweetcorn

This is a very cheap, easy and simple soup to make and is light as well. I really like that combination! I often make this recipe mid week when time is limited.

A very healthy bread, full of fibre and goodness

Farmer's Bread

Ok I admit I actually don't know of any farmers or a farmers' wifes that make this bread.

A healthier version of the classic Icelandic fish patties

Fish Patties

I know that these should be named Fish Cakes rather than Patties...I just can not name anything with fish in it Cake-anything. I refuse to do it!

A very refreshing and delicious drink

Ginger, Carrot and Melon Juice

I prefer to use a Galia melon for this recipe but you can use whichever melon is in season (such as Honey Dew or Cantaloupe). Just make sure it is ripe.

Children absolutely love this bread and it is one of my favourite light snacks

Grilled Bread with Tomato Sauce, Carrots and Cheese

Just before you shake your head in disgust, keep in mind that the tomato sauce I use is NOT the usual, disgusting, red sauce (sometimes called ketchup, filled with additives and sugar) that many people buy and put on everything, especially on children's food.

A perfect side dish with every meal and an excellent snack as well!

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

This must be the shortest recipe on this website. The ingredient's list has one ingredient only...sweet potatoes!

Hadda's Tomato soup, almost as red as her hair!

Hadda's Tomato Soup

Hadda Fjola Reykdal is a friend of mine I met in art school. We studied the beautiful art of printmaking (a technique which I absolutely adore) although she is now a renowned painter.

Delightful Haddock with an Indian twist

Haddock in Coconut and Ginger Sauce

This is haddock with an Indian twist.

This recipe always surprises me as the flavours work well together

Haddock in Coconut Sauce with Basil and Cherry Tomatoes

Basil and tomatoes are not the first ingredients that come to mind when cooking haddock but this combination works really well.

I often make a large batch of these patties and freeze for later use

Hazelnut and Vegetable Patties with Yoghurt Dressing

These patties are lovely, especially since they contain hazelnuts...and I love hazelnuts. You can however use cashew nuts instead or even almonds if you prefer.

This my husband's absolute favourite meal

Helga's Tandoori Chicken

If there is any meal my husband calls his absolute favourite, it's this one. Unfortunately I can't take credit for the recipe since I got it from a former employer of mine in Iceland.

A very African dish, low cost, but satisfying and simple

Irio (Mashed Potatoes with Onion and Peas)

I have had Irio on many occasions when travelling through Kenya. It is originally a dish of the Kikuyu people.

Nothing reminds me more of my travels through East Africa than this salad

Kachumbari (Tomato and Onion Salad) from Africa

This recipe was given to my by my sister in law, Lucy Mwangi who is from Kenya. Wherever I have travelled in East Africa, I have always been served a similar salad.

A very healthy dish, packed with antioxidants, vitamins, protein and calcium

Kenyan Baked Eggplant and Tomatoes

Eggplants and tomatoes are widely used in Kenya and are actually a good combination as you will find in this hearty dinner perfect for a lazy afternoon.

Every time I visit East Africa I always ask for the local Kitheri

Kitheri - Kenyan Vegetable Stew

Just like the Italians have different Bruschetta for every region in Italy, so do the Kenyans have for Kitheri.

Not the ideal soup for your first date but still very nice!!

Lentil and Spinach Soup

If you are thinking of a recipe to serve on your first date, this is definitely not it! Lets just say that you will come under some "pressure" ha ha.

So, so delicious

Lísa's Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you have been using my site you should be familiar with my friend Lísa by now. We are foodie friends and know each other through my website. We share recipes, thoughts on food and much more.

A lovely lobster bisque

Lobster Soup (Bisque)

I am not particularly fond of lobster or shrimp although I might eat it a couple of times a year. My husband however loves both.

A colourful and extremely healthy salad, perfect for lunch

Lunchbox Salad

I often make a large salad as a side dish to a dinner and pack the rest for my lunch the next day.