Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Rustic Turnip

As the temperatures cool

and the weather changes

so does our cuisine.

I love this time of year for many reasons.

I love The Food of Autumn.

It is delicious

and beautiful.

Spit roasted squab, roast pheasant, and other game birds.

All the different types of squash.

And how about the various root vegetables?

Be sure to try my:

Braised Turnips

Wash, peel, and cut Turnips into wedges.

Saute wedges in Butter.

Season with Salt and Pepper.

As the Butter diminishes add warmed Chicken Stock by the ladle.

Repeat every 5 minutes, or as needed.

When the Turnips are tender, but not too tender,

fold in some Dark Muscovado Sugar from Mauritius,

Lemon juice,

and Hungarian Hot Paprika.

Then serve



(Thanks to Wikimedia Commons for the picture)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Sounds of Autumn

I absolutely love Autumn.

And I thought you might like a list of seasonally

appropriate music.

The first being a beautiful flute piece titled

Soir D'Autumne

by the French composer Phillipe Gaubert.

My friend, the brilliant singer Norma Winstone, turned me on to

A String Around Autumn

by Toru Takemitsu.

Here we have Norwegian guitar great Terje Rypdal and a tune titled

Autumn Breeze.

On the Azimuth recording Depart

Norma and friends perform a tune simply titled


The Bill Evans Trio


When Autumn Comes.

And from this very special recording by

Danilo Perez with Claus Ogerman and Orchestra we find

Another Autumn.

Bird chimes in with

Autumn In New York.

I just discovered this Vasant Rai & Oregon recording yesterday.

It's great! The title,

Autumn Song.

Jazz legends John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman perform

Autumn Serenade.

And who could forget the very beautiful song


by Edgar Winters?