Its not quite Christmas yet. There is still a month left, hopefully, of golden leaves and glossy if not glaring pumpkins with seeds in their bellies for roasting, or a candle to light their smirk. Still fields of other squashes and gourds, shaped with their long necks or impossible to peel rivets...
So don't peel them.
Roast them skin on – some will turn tender enough to eat, like Aunt Thelma : a white acorn of clean sweet taste; some you can spoon from their hardened crusts. Still too, some tomatoes, sheltered by their own now wilted leaf cloak. All the roots pulled from the cold earth. And from some innovative farms : delicate salad greens grown in tunnels to keep them from frost bite. No, this is not yet the season of excusable cookies + lacing your coffee with Baileys for breakfast. Not quite time for stollen + gingerbread + all other glutony traditions while caroling or knitting gifts. It is the season of wither and deciding whether or not you can still be grateful for the growing season here.
Tis the season where many of us revert to big box tomatoes + raspberries because heaven forbid we go a handful of months without them.
We challenge you to go a handful of months without them.
Because then when the season comes to have them again, you will appreciate their full fruity tang. Their softness in the summer sun's warm hands. Their smell before you even taste them.
If we had Christmas every day we would not appreciate it. There are kinda funny movies to prove this in theme..
If we had summer everyday we would not appreciate it's abundance.
And how can we learn to appreciate this colder season if not to cuddle up with its offerings. Eat a bowl of roasted potatoes tossed while still hot in a bit of creme fraiche + mustard and call it lunch. Put a soup on. Roast carrots halved lengthwise, pile em up, fry an egg to top + shave raw aged gouda or a thick cut of Upper Bench Brie for a benny that needs no hollandaise. Not willing to let go of the raw crunch of cold salads? Try shaving kholrabi + celery root paper thin and tossing with lemon juice + olive oil + salt. And if you are a tomatos all year kinda person, then take what is left in these next few days cook them to store as sauce.
Just as there are seasonal holidays + vegetables, so we are seasonal animals. We relate to the cold by eating what can be sustained through it. We relate to the stored roots, cabining ourselves in our homes + turning the oven on. We relate to the earth and so we come to respect it. We respect it and so we may see many more seasons to come.
You'll see a lot more roots on the menu at OBT, come chat about how to keep yourself excitedly well fed + especially grateful this season.