September has been fabulous weather wise and it amazes me the variety of produce arriving from the garden so late in the year. It is a period where the summer crops do not want to stop growing, and all the autumn crops are ready to eat. A successful trial of late season peas, just as delicate and sweet as the earlier crops, excellent yellow, green and purple fine beans and a huge amount of edible flowers are still in bloom, my favourites being apple marigold with its zesty bitterness and nasturtium for its heat.
Tom has been producing an impressive array of cucurbits this year. The marrows we are harvesting young, as the taste of anything over 1.5 kilos just gets watered down (big marrows are only good for shows!). Crown Prince has a dense and nutty flavour-packed centre, great for roasting or for soup. I would say it is slightly nicer, and a lot prettier, than the Hunter, but this is still a very good eating pumpkin with a pleasant sweetness. Squashes and gourds are cooked small with the skin on if your fingernail pierces the vegetable easily, or if not we peel and bake them to enhance the flavour.
Recent harvests of quince’s, medlars and pears will feature soon, paired with local game and warming ingredients appropriate for the earlier nights. Just like this pumpkin Dauphinoise, great as a garnish to a family roast as the days draw in and the nights get colder.
Crown Prince Pumpkin and Chestnut Dauphinoise
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