Albert Camus once said that, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower" and as I've been wandering around Llanishen village this month I can certainly appreciate his meaning. Yes, the wind is nippier and the weather is shall we say... 'typically British'? But there is an elegant beauty in the silent, but colourful tumbling of the Autumn leaves as they flutter past our customers sitting by our windows.
This time of year never fails to remind me of our family trip to Boston & New England in the height of America's 'Fall'. Where the Vermont was a riot of russet and pumpkin patches were almost as common as the homely bowls of clam chowder with culfs of sour dough bread available at every stop.
So I decided to try and capture a bit of that Autumnal glory and scatter it about in Selah, to herald the change of season. Take about 1,000 artificial leaves, a good glue gun and with a generous dollop of patience this is the result!
This change of season is also reflected in our menu this month. With the arrival of the pumpkin harvest, we've been experimenting with sensational squashes and recreating some of the dishes we had in Vermont...
A final thought before I head out to restock on pumpkins for this week's menu. Whilst others baulk at the Americanism, we love the 'yank' word for Autumn, its such a sensible word to described the passing of a season heralded by cascading leaves. For those logophilles among you, our modern word 'Autumn' comes from the ancient Etruscan root autu- (and has within it connotations of the passing of the year), which was pilfered by the Romans to become the Latin word Autumnus. NOW... onward to the pumkpin patch!
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