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

FOLLOWED BY

OR

  • Susi’s Omi’s Butter Cookies

 

Sunday evening:

 

Monday evening chicken:

OR

  • duck à l’orange with a negroni sauce
  • quick cabbage with juniper, gin and peppercorns
  • pommes Anna

 

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

 

Wednesday evening meat:

 

Thursday evening dinner party:

 

Thank God it’s Friday drink:

 

Friday evening fish:

OR

 


Week’s menu for October No 2

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

  • Magic Martini Mushrooms on Sweet Toasted Bread

OR

  • Straightforward Broccoli Soup with Nutty Rye Bread Croutons

OR

  • Pink Cauliflower, Red Onion, Burgundy Cranberries, Blush-coloured salt

FOLLOWED BY

  • simply perfect Portuguese chocolate cake

 

Sunday supper:

OR

  • Autumn sausage and apple plait with a tomato and yoghurt sauce

 

Monday evening meat:

 

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

 

Wednesday evening poultry:

  • molasses chicken with a winter cabbage salad

 

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

  • pudding: sophisticated and sultry peanut butter brunettes, with vanilla ice cream…and even…chocolate sauce

 

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

 

Friday evening fish:

OR

  • gilded cod with a tamarind sauce
  • mash

followed by

  • a yoghurty salad of white onions and black onion seeds

 


Week’s menu for October No 3

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:

  • luxurious leftover salad with marinated anchovies

OR

OR

  • Black on toast – cavolo nero and black pudding

FOLLOWED BY

  • chocolate, peanut butter and caramel cheesecake

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

 


Week’s menu for October No 4

 

recipes for october

…and this month we have Hallow’een

Saturday lunch:

  • Renaissance ham and grapes

OR

  • Rich, to-kill-for, scallops with apple and blood pudding

OR

AND

 

Sunday supper:

  • Fresh and dry mushroom with pomegranate molasses sauce for pasta

Monday evening meat:

  • venison sausage and rosemary red sauce
  • shiitake and watercress salad

Tuesday evening:

  • night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

  • Chicken with plums

OR

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