What a wonderful season Autumn is. For me it is the finest time of the year. The colours – those gorgeous burnt oranges, yellows, reds and purples that line the roads and cover the farmlands around where I live really do warm the heart.

I am huge lover of rich food and love nothing more than to indulge simple and seasonal food. There’s something about the preparation and cooking of autumnal ingredients that feels almost primal. I also enjoy making my own bread which in itself is a warm and comforting experience.

What better way to feel positive on a chilled Autumn evening than to sit down with a bowl of something hot and a spoon whilst listening to music or watching a good film.

I took a look around the web for some of my favourite recipes as prepared by some of my favourite famous chefs.

5. Sausage, Pumpkin and Sage Casserole


You really have to love any recipe that has minimal preparation time that then just sits in the over for an hour or two. This recipe by TV host Matt Tebbutt looks just the ticket. I guess that if you were vegetarian the sausages could be switched with either a vegetarian sausage or a suitably firm root vegetable.

4. Apple and Blackberry Crumble


The photograph says it all, don’t you think? What better way to unwind than with a bowl of warm and fruity crumble and a spoon. This recipe comes courtesy of the excellent Raymond Blanc and takes just 10 minutes to prepare and 25 minutes to cook. Perfect!

3. Mildly Spiced Chicken Curry


Who doesn’t love a good curry? The beauty of curry is of course that it is so versatile and you can switch out all the meat if you’re not a meat eater.

I just love Nigel Slater’s food and his attitude toward food. For me there may be a bit more than just ‘mild spices’ but first I have to try the recipe and see just what three different types of Cardamon are doing for the flavour.
A perfect Autumn evening’s comfort food if ever there was one.

2. Chilli Con Carne with Popped Kidney Beans


Jamie Oliver is the king of comfort foods. I’ve tried so many of his recipes from his earlier cook books with his Beef and Guinness pie being a regular favourite during the colder months.

What I love about this Chilli recipe is the colours. It just smacks of Autumn. A good pot of this stuff could feed me and the kids for a good few days. Perfect!

1. Poulet Rôti au Vin Rouge


Just look at that! It is everything that an Autumn feast should be. It has all the colour and appeal of a rich painting and contains huge chunks of root vegetables, onions and tomato.

Rachel Khoo has crept onto the British food scene over the last few years and swiped the crown previously held by Nigella with ease. Her food is always so appealing and I can’t wait to try this recipe.

If, like me, you eat with your eyes first and just love the comfort of good home-cooked food on a chilled evening I hope that you’ll find some inspiration in the recipes above.