I ate a lot this weekend.
Well, I normally eat a lot on the weekends, but this weekend was different… somehow.
I think what separated this weekend from the other 51 was that many meals I chose were seasonal and very fall-like. Nothing like celebrating the season with some good food (and good company!).
The weekend started with an amazing lunch during my tour of the urban gardens in the Bronx.
Roasted chicken, sautéed spinach, rice pilaf studded with beans, peas, and corn, and a barley salad full of butternut squash, red bell pepper, and scallions. Delicious, nutritious, and warm – the perfect warm-up break during a soggy day touring through gardens.
Despite my filling lunch, I cannot be in NYC without getting a pretzel.
No matter what, before I leave, I need to have a pretzel… extra salt, please!
Sunday mornings in my house means one thing – a big breakfast. Waffles or pancakes are on the menu, usually studded with chocolate chips. But, in deference to the season, we decided to dive into the world of pumpkin breakfast items.
These are Smitten Kitchen’s pumpkin waffles. Pumpkin perfection (plus they make the house smell like pumpkin bread)!
I adorned my waffles with the two things that I love to pair with pumpkin – chocolate and almonds.
The best fuel for a morning full of church and a trip to the farmer’s market.
My weekend of chowing down culminated in the farm-fresh salads my family made for lunch. We laid out a bunch of salad ingredients and let everyone create their own.
Mine took a salad niçoise turn… salad greens, tuna, soft-ish boiled eggs, cucumber, and tomatoes. So it’s salad niçoise minus the green beans, olives, capers, and anchovies. Similar? Ehh, maybe not. But it was still a perfect lunch!
It was a great weekend full of fall foods, sweet and savory. Now it’s back to reality… PB&J for lunch, anyone?
Your still in a food coma friend,