Recipes and Menus for October

Saucy Dressings aims to complete this post – four weeks’ menus and recipes, plus a few spare by the end of 2020.

Every year an additional week’s menu, with the links to the individual recipes, is added.

For food in season in October, follow this link.

For music to listen to while cooking in October, follow this link.

You might also be interested in these posts – mostly concerned with Hallow’een:


Week’s menu for October No 1

autumn and winter in the Vallais
the end of October and beginning of November – when autumn and winter coexist in the Vallais

“Some weather’s coming; you can taste on the sides of your tongue a quince tang in the air.”

-Anne Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

This month I’m in Spain, so instead of a starter for the dinner party there’ll be some suggestions for tapas… and this month’s cocktail will be ‘Spain in a Glass’.

Saturday lunch:

OR

OR

FOLLOWED BY

OR

Sunday evening:

and/or

  • hot kissed cucumber – 60 second wonder
  • warm bread

Monday evening chicken:

OR

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening meat:

Thursday evening dinner party:

Thank God it’s Friday drink:

WITH

Friday evening fish:

OR


Week’s menu for October No2

Food for a week in October
The anniversary of Agincourt

This month is the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, and we’re lucky enough to have The Old Foodie aka Janet Clarkson, specialist food history blogger as our guru for the month, giving a background to this battle. In the meantime here (also read in the video clip below) is the rousing Shakespeare speech to inspire you.

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers:
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhood cheap while any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day

-Shakespeare, Henry V

Saturday lunch:

  • soft herring roes found when visiting The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

OR

OR

OR

FOLLOWED BY

Sunday supper:

OR

Monday evening meat:

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

  • molasses chicken with a winter cabbage salad

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

Friday evening fish:

OR

followed by


Week’s menu for October No3

recipes and menus for october

“A springful of larks in a rolling
Cloud and the roadside bushes brimming with whistling
Blackbirds and the sun of October
Summery
On the hill’s shoulder,
Here were fond climates and sweet singers suddenly
Come in the morning where I wandered and listened
To the rain wringing
Wind blow cold
In the wood faraway under me.”

-From Poem in October by Dylan Thomas

Saturday lunch:

OR

OR

FOLLOWED BY

  • chocolate, peanut butter and caramel cheesecake

OR

  • chocolate-strewn cashew cookies

Sunday evening pasta:

  • chorizo and vegetable lasagne

or

Monday evening poultry:

  • chicken, sherry, marcona almonds
  • ragu of red vegetables

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening meat:

Thursday evening dinner party:

  • Starter: kipper pâté and a visit to a smokery
  • Main course: early autumn slow cooked lamb with peanut and mint pesto, mashed potatoes and broccoli, or cabbage, vermouth and banana shallot melee
  • Pudding: ultimate maple and brandy soufflé

Thank God it’s Friday drink:

Friday evening fish:

  • moules marinière

Followed, or preceded by:


Week’s menu for October No4

recipes for october
…and this month we have Hallow’een

“Mid-autumn follows, and the kitchen will fill with pumpkins, celeriac, walnuts and quinces from the trees and fields. The leaves will begin to fall slowly, but a day or two of strong wind will finish the job, exposing the trees’ skeletal winter profile”

-Stephen Harris, The Daily Telegraph, September 2019

Saturday lunch:

  • Renaissance ham and grapes

OR

OR

OR

  • Warming winter carrot, ginger and turmeric soup

AND

Sunday supper:

  • Fresh and dry mushroom with pomegranate molasses sauce for pasta

Monday evening meat:

Tuesday evening:

  • night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

  • Chicken with plums

OR

WITH

  • Knock-out cauliflower

AND

Thursday evening dinner party:

  • with drinks: paprika courgettes curled around mascarpone
  • starter: Matej-inspired melon with ricotta and cornbread
  • main course: slow cooked lamb with peanut and mint pesto, mashed potatoes and broccoli
  • pudding:  sweetness and light, carrot halwa

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

  • Blavod black vodka with blood-red cranberry juice

….. and to nibble at with it:

  • seducer’s deep fried mussels

Friday evening fish:

  • baked turbot with truffled potatoes, and red-speckled broad beans with vanilla and chives; or mango and lambs lettuce salad

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