November the month of mists and chills, as days end early and endless nights begin
November’s sky is chill and drear,Sir Walter Scott
November’s leaf is red and sear.
Notable Dates in November
Mid September to November (TBC) – Matlock Bath Illuminations
4th November – New Moon
5th November – Bonfire Night
5th November – The tar barrels of Ottery St. Mary
TBA November – Longleat Festival of Light
6th November – Bridgewater Carnival
19th November – Micro Full Moon
30th November – St Andrew’s Day
November seasonal Foods
What is seasonal in November.
Greens and leaves: Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Kale, Lamb’s lettuce, Lettuce, Pak choi, Radicchio, Salsify, Swiss chard.
Roots and other veg: Beetroot, Celeriac, Celery, Globe artichoke, Jerusalem artichoke, Leek, Onion, Parsnip, Peas, Pumpkin, Quince, Runner bean, Spring onion, Swede, Sweet potato, Turnip.
Meat: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Grouse, Goose, Guinea fowl, Lamb, Pork, Venison.
Fruit: Chestnut, Cranberry, Pear.
Seafood: Crab, Mussels, Oyster.
Exotics: Banana, Clementine, Date, Pomegranate.
Getting ready for winter
For more inspiration see the Nature Blog
On the Farm
Grass deteriorates in quality and will stop growing soon.
House cows. Feed livestock. Male calves castrated before the onset of frost.
Ploughing and continued late drilling of wheat and barley.
Things to do in November
In the November garden
What to plant and sow
Out and about
Also see the Out and about Blogs
Days and nights draw even.
Recipe of the month.
Vegi Toad in the hole
I love toad in the hole. I do like sausages and Yorkshire pudding. IT is nice to have a vegetarian option: vegi sausages can work but can often run dry or tough – or have an unsatisfactory texture. This seems to work better for a Vegetarian option.
180g plain flour
3 large free-range eggs
280ml whole milk
2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
300g baby heritage carrots
2 red onions
1 red chilli
1 tsp paprika
4 tbsp Vegetable (Canola) oil
Deep 30cm x 20cm roasting tin
Mixing bowl (for the batter)
Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.
Peels and cut onions into wedges.
Finely slice chilies (seeds for more heat)
I think this goes very well with some carrots, (roast spuds if you are making them, or a bit of mash – potato or root), and lots of greens: depending on how the season is and your taste, Sprouts, Winter cabbage, Kale, Calibrase or if lucky sprouting broccoli.
For more inspiration see the Food Blogs
Activities, things to see and do in November
With lengthening days arise more opportunities to get out and about. To see what is happening in nature and the countryside. There is also a lot more to see as they year really starts to get going.
Thinking about getting out and about, then perhaps Buy OS Landranger maps direct from Ordnance Survey to discover new places or see the latest handheld GPS devices with bundled mapping from Ordnance Survey.