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Autumn comfort foods: A culinary hug for your taste buds

My homemade mac and cheese

Ah, autumn – the season of falling leaves, cosy jumpers, and an insatiable craving for comfort food. While some might argue that the best way to enjoy Autumn is with a pie and a pint at the footy, true connoisseurs know that the real magic happens in the home kitchen.


So, grab your stretchy pants and prepare to indulge in the ultimate lineup of seasonal foods that will warm your soul faster than you can say "sweater weather."


First up, we have the holy grail of comfort food: Macaroni and cheese (my own humble version, pictured above). Is there anything more satisfying than a crunchy, gooey, cheesy concoction that wraps you in a warm embrace with every bite? I think not.


Let's not forget about baked potatoes – because who needs a bowl when you can have a fluffy spud stuffed with all the fixings? I like to top mine with Mexican beans, guacamole, sour cream and jalapeños. Yum!


Next on the menu is shepherd’s pie, a hearty dish that's like a hug from your grandad in food form. And for those who, like me, crave a taste of England, Cornish-style pasties are the perfect handheld delight to transport you across the pond.


In fact, my late grandfather, a former chef in the British Royal Airforce, gave me his recipes for shepherd's pie and Cornish pasties before he passed—every time I make them, I think of him.


My late grandfather (far left)

If I'm feeling fancy, I'll ask my husband to make his famous slow-roast beef brisket, with a side of roast carrots, potatoes and broccoli, and fluffy Yorkshire puddings. This is great for a special occasion and always elevates our autumnal feasting to new heights.


Of course, homemade bread is a must-have in cooler months. Not only does it taste heavenly, it will fill your home with the irresistible aroma of freshly-baked goodness.


My homemade bread

But wait, there's more! Why not start your mornings off right this Autumn with a steaming bowl of porridge? For extra taste, I like to add some cinnamon or honey.


This Autumn, I'll be mastering the homemade apple pie and custard. Or, perhaps an apple strudel. Watch this space for updates on how I go!


Lastly, let's not forget about the warming beverages – mulled wine will warm your bones, along with any kind of tea (because let's face it, tea is a year-round necessity).


So, as the leaves change and the temperatures drop, embrace the season with open arms and a fork in hand. Because when it comes to autumn comfort foods, there's no such thing as too much indulgence!


"Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons." - Jim Bishop, Journalist and Author

Enjoy and stay cosy!


x Victoria



About Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall is an English-born, Australian-based author and illustrator. She is the creator of three picture books for children, Penny Prickles at Coogee Beach, Eggy Peggy Has Lost Her Leggy and The Fairy Beasts. When she's not busy writing and drawing, you'll find Victoria in her kitchen, experimenting with new recipes and dreaming up culinary delights to share with her loved ones. For more of Victoria’s creative updates, follow Victoria on Instagram or check out her bio here.

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