It’s autumn in South Africa. The days are getting shorter and each morning is a little darker. And, although the weather is generally warm, we can already feel the slight chill in the air as we head towards winter. People are already thinking about bringing out some of their winter woolies and talking about having warmer, heartier, evening meals.
When planning your meals, be sure to include the fruits and vegetables of the season. The benefits of using seasonal fruits and vegetables are:
- Produce is fresher and tastes better because it has not been artificially chilled or ripened. Instead, it has been allowed to ripen naturally in the sun, is picked immediately when ready and then quickly displayed on sale in our stores.
- Produce is always cheaper when it is plentiful and easily obtainable.
- Eating seasonal produce also gives our body its nutrients which are appropriate for that season. It’s why we crave certain foods during certain seasons like hearty stews and soups in winter.
Here is a list of our Autumn Fruits and Vegetables:
Artichokes, aubergines (eggplant), baby marrows, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, butter beans, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, courgettes (zucchini), cucumber, mushrooms, onion, parsley, peas, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, sweet peppers, squash, turnips.
Some of the Benefits of Cooking with LPG Gas (Liquid Petroleum Gas) are:
- Heating of the pan is evenly distributed as the flames on a gas cooktop are central.
- Less heat is wasted as the heat dies immediately when switched off whereas electricity takes longer to cool down.
- Operating costs are cheaper as gas is cheaper than, and cooks faster than, electricity.
- Gas is more eco friendly as it’s clean power and so creates fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
- You are not impacted by load shedding or power cuts.
Here are some great recipe suggestions for cooking with gas and using our wonderful autumn produce.
Autumn Vegetable Recipes
Using Aubergines (Eggplants) which are: great sources of vitamins B1 and B6, potassium, dietary fibre, copper, magnesium and manganese, and antioxidants, especially nasunin which is found in the skin and gives this vegetable its purple colour.
This is an easy to make, delicious, baked, Italian dish made with layers of aubergines, tomato sauce and cheeses.
Follow this link: (https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/aubergine_parmigiana_57566)
Using Pumpkins which are: classed as a superfood, full of iron, zinc, vitamin C, beta carotene and fibre. They contain the substances, lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help in preventing the formation of cataracts and reducing the risk of macular degeneration. Their flowers are edible too.
This is a tasty vegetarian dish which can be used a whole meal on its own, or served as a side dish.
Follow this link: (https://steamykitchen.com/23757-roasted-pumpkin-recipe.html)
Autumn Fruit Recipes
Using Plums which are: a great source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre; and known to contain characteristics that may help in reducing the risk of several chronic diseases, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
Plum and Cinnamon Tart
This is a tea-time, crowd-pleasing flavoursome tart.
Follow the link: (https://www.lecreuset.co.za/recipes/plum-cinnamon-tart/)
Using Figs which are: a great source of calcium, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, iron, natural sugars, fibre and the antioxidant vitamins A and K which enhance health and wellness.
Roasted Figs Wrapped in Parma Ham with Blue Cheese and Rocket
This is a quick, easy but rich meal which is ideal as a starter for two.
Follow the link: (https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/roasted_figs_wrapped_in_44423)
Try out these recipes! Have fun at home in the kitchen this autumn! Have fun creating your own mouth watering meals using autumn season fruits and vegetables! But be safe! Adhere to all gas safety tips and use your gas appliances wisely!
Don’t run out of LPG Gas! Exchange your gas bottles or have them refilled. Or you can order online (https://simsgas.co.za/index.php/shopping-cart.html)and we will deliver!
For more information on LPG, follow this link:https://www.simsgas.co.za/