Quinces are a fruit that can rarely be eaten raw because it is hard and rough. But boiled or baked they completely transform and become sweet and soft. Baked in a Port wine and spices syrup it’s a dessert that celebrates the delights of autumn.
Today’s suggestion is a little bit different and is a recipe that I particularly enjoyed making. This black bean burger has a soft texture and a very characteristic taste given by the cumin, garlic and purple onion that are used in the mixture. It is delicious and even those who like meat will appreciate its texture and flavor. It doesn’t taste like meat, of course, but it is equally tasty and brings greater diversity and novelty to meals that would otherwise always be the same. The preparation time is very short, that’s why it’s called fast food, and it’s a good suggestion for a quicker yet tasty and nutritious dinner.
There is not a meal that evokes so much the beginning of autumn to me as a chicken roasted in the oven. This roasted guinea fowl is a less-than-usual alternative that you can use to surprise your guests. However, if you have dificulties in finding a guinea fowl feel free to substitute for chicken or even duck. In this case, you may have to adjust the roasting time (see the note at the end of the recipe). I ordered easily the guinea fowl on my usual butcher, just ask yours. This year, I have eaten wonderful green and red grapes, in both cases very sweet and juicy. So, I decided to add grapes to the baking sheet, as well as some pears. I love the combination of sweet and savory and it can’t become more autumnal than this. Most grapes retain their shape, but some will burst and melt into the sauce, which becomes richer and tastier.
To welcome the season that starts today, I suggest you turn on the oven and make some apple muffins, sprinkled with almond streusel. Apples slightly cooked in a syrup of sugar and spices leave the interior moist, while the almond streusel gives a crunchy texture on the outside. Cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla, as well as Brown sugar, bring the warm aroma of spices that bind so well with fall. Enjoy!