One of my (many) favourite things about India is the abundance of fruit. Every day, farmers from the villages make the trek from their orchards and fields into the big cities before sunrise and set up their carts in markets and along the sides of roads, promising the very freshest produce. This is a far cry from the American South, where peaches canned in syrup and flavoured gelatin “salads” have been known to pass for fruit, much to my chagrin. Here in Delhi, we buy fresh fruit in smaller quantities daily, rather than going to a grocery store once a week like we do in the US. Usually everything gets eaten, but this morning I realized that there were three bananas in the kitchen that had become a little too ripe, so I decided to make banana bread for my family.
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When other people say fall staples, they mean tights, scarves, and boots. I mean food. I love autumn because there are so many flavours that never really show up in the other seasons. Pumpkin, baked apples, butternut squash. Homemade soups like potato leek, pumpkin, spicy carrot, or butternut squash are all healthy and filling. I also eat a ton of fall-flavoured pastas in sauces made of browned butter with sage and rosemary. My girl Mindy Kaling (I can say this because she once tweeted at me), inspiration to women everywhere and comedy genius extraordinaire, is featured in a Healthy Choice commercial for pumpkin ravioli with sage and apple (which, full disclosure, I haven’t actually tried). Apple cider and lots of chai are key, too— plus you can spike them! My boyfriend and I had spiced vanilla chai and hot apple cider with Meyer’s dark rum last weekend in Athens and they were so, so good.
I love to play around with fall flavours in less traditional ways, too. I saw a recipe for pumpkin cinnamon rolls that looked amazing, and a few weeks ago I made pumpkin spice madeleines from a recipe I kind of threw together from a bunch I found online. You can find it below the cut. I love madeleines because they are scalloped and gorgeous, referenced in a great literary work (Proust’s Rememberance of Things Past), and cakey without needing icing. You could add a quick glaze to these if you really wanted to, but they don’t need it. Enjoy!