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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 very magical drink and healthy as well

Magic Drink for Kids

Getting kids to eat their "five a day" can be a bit tricky. As soon as some children hear any mention of veggies (or fruit), they run out the door.

Magical pumpkin pieces in coconut milk, served in an African bowl

Magical Pumpkin in Coconut Sauce

I famously had a very similar side dish once in Nairobi which you can read all about in the The Spinach Dish From the Mystical House in Nairobi's Forest. It is a lovely, slightly sweet side dish with a delicate coconut aftertaste. It is absolutely lovely served with main dishes that include spinach, especially Indian and African food.

A warming soup with a lovely ocean aroma

Mediterranean Seafood Soup

This soup is quite versatile as you can use various types of seafood. I particularly like mussels and salmon or haddock in it.

One of the quickest recipes there is, perfect mid week

Mexican Style Haddock

Now, Mexican and Haddock might not be two words you would expect to see in the same sentence but to be honest this is a perfect match.

A delicious and refreshing tea

Mint Tea

This drink hardly requires introduction since it is widely enjoyed all over the world. I have had mint tea in Japan, in Africa, in the US and of course in Europe.

A smoothie packed with antioxidants and vitamin C

Mixed Berry Smoothie

This smoothie is packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. It is thick and creamy and I love its deep colour which, depending on the berries in season is blue, purple or pink.

A wholesome bread, perfect for lunch with a slice of cheese or healthy jam

Mixed-seeds Bread

I love this bread fresh out of the oven with a slice of cheese and healthy jam (without preservatives or added sugar of course).

This lovely salad has the colours of the Italian flag; red, green and white

Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Salad (Tricolore)

Although my husband doesn't eat cold cheese (only melted...I know...weird) he loves cold mozzarella.

A lovely Indian vegetable soup, packed with vitamins and fibre

Mulligatawny (Indian Vegetable Soup)

This soup is Anglo-Indian i.e. the influence is both from Asia and Europe.

This soup is one of my all time favourites. Simple, packed with flavour and chea

Mushroom Soup

I think I would have to vote this one of my all time favourite soup recipes. It is simple, cheap, easy and that is always a good combination in my view.

Not the easiest soup to make but very much worth the effort

Mussels and Coconut Noodle Soup

This is one of those recipes which has an endless ingredients list.

This is a cheap and flavourful soup. You can use tinned mussels instead of fresh

Mussels and Potato Soup

In Iceland lots of people pick fresh mussels from the coastline. There are several places you can do this and one very popular is in the South-western part of the island.

A sweet and lovely pie

My Sister in Law's Apple Pie

My sister in law gave me this recipe although I am not sure where it is from originally.

A fruity and sweet smoothie

Nectarine and Pear Smoothie

This is a lovely smoothie and not too difficult to make.

You don't need to be married to enjoy the bliss of this healthy cake

Oatmeal and Jam Cake (Wedded Bliss Cake)

This cake is called Hjónabandssæla (Wedded Bliss Cake) in Iceland and is very popular in most households. It is similar to the Austrian Linzertorte.

An excellent detox juice, packed with vitamins

Orange, Carrot and Ginger Juice

This is a lovely juice and one you could easily buy (overpriced, mind you) in a juice bar or a health food store as it is a classic combination.

I make this dish often in the autumn when root vegetables are at their best

Oven Baked Root Vegetables

There is nothing better than preparing this dish with your own vegetables from the garden.

Simple and healthy, always a good combination

Oven Baked Vegetables with Pasta

A very simple and cheap dish, perfect for the mid week headache of "what should I have for dinner?".

My husband's favourite noodles in the whole world

Pad Thai Noodles

This is a very healthy version of Pad Thai noodles and I often use both tofu and vegetables only in this recipe and it still tastes grate.

Fresh and delicious muffins with a spicy twist!

Pear and Ginger Muffins

Pears are a very good source of water-soluble fibre. They contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folic acid and niacin.

A hearty meal which is very easy on the stomach and packed with vitamins

Pearl Barley baked with Spinach, Garlic and Mushrooms

This is a light yet healthy meal, perfect as a light dinner. It is packed with complex carbohydrates, iron, folate and other vitamins and minerals.

A lovely and flavourful combination, perfect with a slice of mild cheese

Pesto, Parmesan and Olive Bread

I tried these bread rolls with an African Zanzibar tomato soup I often make.

A very colourful salad, with deep red beetroots and bright yellow pineapple

Pineapple and Beetroot Salad from Naivasha

I remember vividly when I saw this salad for the first time. I was in Naivasha, Kenya, at a small lodge just by Lake Naivasha.

A very healthy drink, excellent for the digestive system

Pineapple and Blueberry Smoothie

I guess you didn't think of putting pineapples and blueberries together in a drink did you? It is actually a lovely combination and the smoothie is quite easy to make.

Lots of vitamins and fibre and tastes delicious as well!

Pineapple and Carrot Muffins

These muffins are perfect for summer and healthy as well. The pineapples are very good for your stomach, containing bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins.