It's been a shock to the system, in that about a week and a half ago I was sweating in a sundress, and right now I'm rugged up in ugg boots and a scarf indoors. Autumn is good like that, sunny one minute, utterly freezing the next. Lucky for me, I romanticise the Winter ahead by dreaming of coats like this one, and of less lolling in the sun and more of cranking up my gym routine, and by completely embracing Autumn produce.
Even though it means saying goodbye to the luscious stonefruit of Summer, Autumn provides some absolute pearlers in the fruit and vegetable department. Weather like this makes me want to spend days on end in the kitchen; making stocks and soups, and slow cooking, and baking. It also sees me completely overdosing on feijoas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (nearly). Also great and abundant at this time of year, apart from these little green beauties, are figs, pears, and brussels sprouts.
Feijoas are like some magical amazing fruit. They're fragrant, and tangy, and in the top half of the North Island at least, nearly everyone knows someone with a tree. During their short season, the fruit falls to the ground once ripe, and I get very excited by friends who enthusiastically tell me to 'grab a bag and come over!'