I know it’s still officially summer, but the past few days have felt particularly autumnal. The start of the school year has always made me think “Fall”, even long after I’d finished with school. And the weather, yesterday and today, has enforced that thinking. It’s pretty cool out (6ºC, 43ºF) and a little rainy, but not as rainy as yesterday afternoon – so far. I stopped by the Banff Farmers Market before the rain started yesterday and though much of the produce available still screams summer (and still tastes and smells like it too), a transition is underway. Bags of onions, boxes of peppers, and bunches of broccoli mounded high are telling us to get ready for the season to come. There were still lots of cherries and strawberries but it was the pears and prune plums that caught my eye. I’m thinking pear crisp and plum kuchen.
And if you’re wondering how radishes fit into the autumn bounty, get yourself a couple of bunches, wash and trim them, cut larger ones in half and put into a bowl with about 2 lbs. of carrots, cut into chunks, and some peeled pearl onions. Toss the veggies with some olive oil and freshly ground pepper then spread them out on a cookie sheet and roast in a 375ºF oven for 20-30 minutes, turning once. When the carrots are tender, remove from oven to serving dish and toss with chopped fresh dill and salt to taste. Bitter radishes? Not this way.
A trip to our farmers’ market isn’t complete without a stop at the Black Forest Bakery stall for a loaf of bread.
Yes, you’re reading that right. Bacon Bread. Made with double smoked European bacon baked right in. To get the real bacony flavour of this bread, toast it. It was perfect with White Chicken Chili for dinner.
I finally finished knitting and seaming my Brigid Jacket, known as Ruby Brigid or just plain Ruby to me. Happily, it’s been cool enough to wear it already and I am totally in love with it. Totally.
The buttons proved a bit of a challenge in more ways than one. It didn’t take long to find buttons to suit the colour and style of the sweater but I was a bit disappointed to find that the buttons I liked were, in fact, 3 sizes of the same button, displayed one atop the other (when space is an issue, shopkeepers must do what they can). The largest of the 3 was the perfect size but it was so plain, sitting there all alone on Ruby’s buttonband. It looked so much more fulfilled when I put the other 2 buttons back on it. Obviously there was no choice but to buy the buttons as a set – times 4. Yes, that tripled the price. Yes, they were a nightmare to sew together (none of the holes lined up properly – don’t look too closely!). And yes, they are totally perfect. No, I couldn’t have done it any other way. What do you think?