While I know that this topic isn't even really relevant given we live on the tropical island of Singapore where the four seasons do not exist (we only have hot, hotter, rain and more rain), there are some things about the Fall (or in very unsexy banking terms - the fourth quarter) that are unique to it and therefore special (to me at least).
Like hosting - it really seems to rev up around this time of year (and through to the end of it), as people start to unwind at work and focus more on spending time with friends and family (over Thanksgiving and all through to Christmas and New Year's).
I'm a big fan of "the holidays" as they call them in the USofA, and after last night's mid-week movie date, I'm even more excited about the season this year. Mainly because the movie started and ended on two different thanksgivings, where they cooked a turkey over a bbq with a popped can of beer stuck up its butt (I really want to try this at home), but also because it all tied up so nicely in the end, and left me with the warm and fuzzies.
[In case you're looking for a feel-good movie to watch, Stuck in Love, starring Greg Kinnear as a love-sick-stalkerish ex-husband, Jennifer Connelly as the "heartless-ex-wife," Lilly Collins as the strikingly beautiful, overwhelmingly talented but angry-at-her-mother-for-leaving-her-father daughter, and Nat Wolff as the awkward, bumbling, peace-making but also love-struck younger brother, is excellent. It's not going to win any awards, but you will feel damn good at the end of it, and love those characters dearly, even if they were portrayed in an overly cliché way]
The movie also got me started on a shortlist of recipes I'd like to try this season, and grand dreams of all the wonderful and warm dinner parties that will happen between now and the year end. Which of course got my clicking around online for all sorts of inspiration for yummy things to roast up (because Fall is the season for roasting just about everything)... Anyway the menu (will hopefully) look something like this
Pasta with Wild Mushroom Sauce
In the middle
Sage- and Garlic-Crusted Pork Tenderloin
On the side
Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Walnuts
And ending with
Pears with Maple Walnuts and Gorgonzola
Looking up recipes while staying in over your lunch break is never really a good idea - because you're destined to be disappointed by whatever sad meal you had to have aldesko , but at least there are recipes in place to motivate me to get some friends together for a small party.
In other season-related news, I love these brilliant handmade booklets by Short Stack. Each little edition focuses on a single ingredient in a small-format cookbook, so there's one on eggs, another on strawberries, it's really quite delightful. I promise if any of you invite me over for a dinner do, I will try my very bestest to get a set for you!
And with that I'm off to start getting some guestlists going for this would-be Fall shindiggery.