Saturday, September 28, 2013

Orange
















Orange is everywhere right now - in our foods, in the artwork coming home from school, in the garden and on the trees. Fall is setting in quickly around here; leaves are changing and it's dark when we wake up in the morning. It's much cooler too; the daytime temperatures have been mild and pleasant, but the nights are downright cold. When we woke up this morning, it was 43 degrees outside. That's our coldest morning yet this fall. I haven't turned on the furnace yet but it won't be long now. I think this weekend will see the inaugural donning of my new house slippers.

It will be another month or more before we feel ready to have a fire but I'm looking forward to it. I haven't been outside yet this morning but I'm willing to bet there will be a whiff of pinon (pine) smoke in the air on a morning like this one. Pinon smoke is one of the best things about fall and winter here, I think. Around my neighborhood, you can smell it every day in the colder seasons. To me, it smells like Christmas. It's one of my favorite smells where I live, right up there with roasting chile, and rosemary or lavender after a rain.

The final four photos above were taken during a single soup-making process. I made Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup, from the BBC's GoodFood website, which I recently saw on Penny's blog, L is For Love. I love soups like this, and I bookmarked her link to the recipe right away. We liked it very much. I did make slight adjustments, in that I added sauteed onion and garlic and used ground cumin instead of seeds because that's what I hand on hand. We had our soup with a little dollop of crème fraîche on each serving, with crusty bread on the side. It was tasty and hearty, and the color was gorgeous. It made a comforting dinner on a cool, dark evening, one of the first of many to come. 

30 comments:

  1. Oh yes that soup looks good, like the kids colourful autumn drawings x

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  2. That soup looks so yummy, I love the color, your house must have smelled fantastic.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  3. Hi Jennifer,

    Yes! Orange is everywhere right now, it is definitely the ''couleur du jour''!

    Loved your observation about the pinion smoke as it reminded me of the year my parents moved us to a tiny little town called Pembroke, in northern Ontario, Canada, when I was 13 years old. The minute the first leaf fell to the ground every autumn, those fireplaces were lit up and that distinct scent of smoked wood floated in the crisp and cool air, across the quiet streets, as the townspeople slowly started their day, braving the still dark morning.

    Thanks for taking me back to some sweet moments of my childhood AND for the vocabulary lesson; didn't know that that aroma had its own name!

    Poppy

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  4. Love the orange! Your soup looks yummy - I made a lentil-tomato soup with a dollop of creme fraiche today, great minds think alike! Chrissie x

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  5. Your soup looks delicious........there are some good recipes on the BBC Food Site.........love your group of pictures to herald in the Autumn.

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  6. An orange as ,, an orange. And as orange as Amber.a truly beautiful colour.

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  7. And here I thought I was the only one that went orange crazy this time of year! I see it everywhere too! So, it was fun for me to see YOUR oranges. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  8. Orange just lifts my mood does it you Jennifer? This is a lovely cheery post.
    P.S. just read your post about roadrunners and I have to confess I didnt think there were such things!!

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  9. Lovely post and yes, it seems that orange is everywhere. Your soup looks lovely, I really like the BBC good good website, there are some great recipes and ideas on there.
    Marianne x

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  10. Beautiful pictures, of course, but the one of your child's drawing, so studiously covered in heavy crayon just melts my heart - the same way, I imagine, the warming taste of your excellent soup did for you!

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  11. Your weather sounds a lot like ours here in northern IL right now. Our days have been sunny and warm - in fact, today I'm in shorts! - but the nights are quite chilly with temps in the 40's. That lentil soup recipe looks and sounds delicious. I pinned it so I can make it soon!

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  12. Love all the orange , even wearing an orange sweatshirt today :)

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  13. You are right, it won't be too long until we need heating. Beautiful photos, so much orange everywhere, and much more to come in the next couple of months I think. The soup sounds delicious. I make something similar with lentils, vegetables, coconut, ginger and nutmeg. Now I've thought about it, I think I need to make it again soon! Hope you and the other bears have a lovely weekend Jennifer.

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  14. I love all your orange, Jennifer, and it has really cheered me this morning, thank you!
    Your soup looks so delicious and has certainly given me a bit of impetus regarding kitchen activities for later today!
    Joy x

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  15. Love all the orange and it certainly warms the soul. That soul looks wonderful and I'm into soup mode too ironically it was orange too. I too love the smell of the fires burning around our little village in the winter and my association is always Christmas, my favourite time of the year. Xoxo

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  16. That soup looks and sounds wonderful. Love all your orange pictures. xx

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  17. I love lentil soup, yum! Our weather has been a lot cooler at night, but our days are still warm. I love fall, it's my favorite time of the year :)

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  18. Lovely orangey post! everything looks so vibrant and lovely! The soup looks yummy x

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  19. How lovely to see all that orange on such a murky day here in St Ives. I like the sound of that soup and I shall look it up too!! I did smile at your inagural slipper coment!! I have yet to buy mine - I think I shall buy slipper socks though, a a compromise.

    Leanne xx

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  20. I love your photos - the orange colours perfectly capture fall! I know what you mean about smelling the wood smoke. There is something so homey and comforting about it. Thanks for the link to the soup recipe. I am going to try it next week. :-)

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  21. It is amazing isn't how when you start looking at something how it appears all over the place. Hope that you enjoyed the soup, it looks really good.

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  22. Hi Jennifer
    I am so glad you liked the soup, it's one of those simple recipes that you can adjust to whatever you have in your cupboard. I absolutely love orange in all shades as well as the yellows and browns of this season. We get very excited if we smell wood burning, it's a definite winter smell, it's a pity our fire places are too old and don't work anymore. I love the thought of smelling pine wood burning and warming ones hands and toes over the burning log. Have a fabulous week ahead xox Penny

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  23. It is chilly and rainy here today and your orange post is helping warm me up. I am going to try to make some sweet potato soup :) Thanks for another good post, Jennifer.
    Gracie xx

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  24. Beautiful oranges friends! I have orange all throughout my home as well...one of my favorite colors for sure! Thank you so much for sharing the soup recipes! I will be bookmarking those as well!!! Such stunning photos!!!

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  25. Ahh Autumn, I love it! And I love your orange post. I've been mia over the weekend. We have been enjoying the beautiful autumn sun, along with it's cool breeze. What lovely photos Jennifer. And yum, your soup looks delicious. :)

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  26. Such a happy colour, i like the sound of your soup.

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  27. Love this orange post it is such a bright and cheerful colour. I made lentil soup at the weekend too, and tried a similar recipe that had carrot in it too, we though it was delicious.
    Sarah x

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  28. I was just thinking while I looked at your photos how orange is everywhere here right now too. I always start thinking about carrot cake in the autumn, I've no idea why! Your photos are so full of detail and depth of colour, and I loved how the orange was muted and pale in some, and bright and vivid in others. x

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  29. I love all the orange around us right now. I love your pretty orange candle, and I imagine it smells like autumn. The children's artwork is wonderful... the colorful leaves are so fun! And your soup looks delicious. I think I am liking the dark, cool evenings and cool mornings this year. They yield a special kind of coziness that you just don't get in the spring/summer months.

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  30. I had to smile when I saw your orange post as i'd just done one too! Great minds think alike:) So very apt for autumn. What a lovely post:)

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