Gourds are becoming more of a mainstay at the market and, after much denial on my part, my sweaters are inevitably getting thicker. This past weekend I packed up for the the Big Harvest Potluck where I spent my time spent eating, drinking, laughing, facing my fear of heights, and taking in inspiration from all possible realms. One form of inspiration came in the way of food. At the final conference dinner, I ate a gluten-free focaccia lovingly prepared by the folks from Smith Bites. Perfectly chewy with a light and delicate crumb, it had me at hello. Well, you know what I mean. …
Summer is fading, but fall is sneaking up quite quickly. Did we even have a summer? It didn’t feel like it. That’s okay though. I like fall. Cozy sweaters, warm cups of soup, apple picking, and best of all? Comfort food.
When chillier days hit I like more comforting, hearty dishes. And when I’m craving something sweet and super easy to do, I choose crumbles. Plus, they are great for getting rid of any left over fruit you have kicking around in the fridge….
If I could eat pastry every day, I would–in savoury tarts, double crust pies, and, of course, galettes. I typically request a birthday pie instead of a birthday cake. It’s kind of my thing. So it’s weird that I only let go of my fear of making pastry a few years ago. I’m telling you now,–gently, nudgingly, in a big sister sort of way–just let go. It’s one of those things that people are afraid of, but it’s truly not that hard. Quantum physics is hard. (Cool, but hard!) Breaking up is hard. Making pastry? A breeze in comparison. I promise. Plus, the homemade results are significantly better than anything you can buy in a store….
Vegan cinnamon buns with dark chocolate and figs just sounds like fall, right? The season was on my mind in a heavy way when I was working on this recipe. All those notions of nesting and cranking the oven at every opportunity. The arrival of ripe figs marks the beginning of the end as far as summer’s concerned. There’s the juicy sweetness that speaks to sunny days. But that underlying deep, wine-y note really gets me excited for the cozy months ahead….