Taking an informal survey at the office it seems that fall is the favourite time of year (summer was out voted 2 Sprouts to 1 Sprout). Fall in Toronto is lovely. The leaves show off taking a long extended bow before the blustery show of winter takes center stage. We Torontonians find ourselves slowing down, paying silent homage to these leaves as they turn every shade of colour between a resplendent red to a golden yellow. The buzz of summer has calmed, cardigans are carried, donned and carried again as the fall sun adjusts its temperature sometimes forgetting that a sweaty brow is the purview of summer.
Fall in Toronto also signals harvest meals. The last time to throw open the windows, set the table inside or out and invite all one's friends to break bread before winter forces us into a hibernation. This year 1 Sprout kindly invited her fellow sprouts, co-workers and friends to celebrate harvest at her home. Bathed in a golden afternoon light we ate, chatted, laughed and ate some more enjoying a cornuopia of dishes accompanied by a bold Reisling and warm Chai. And as the autumn sun crept home our group of merry makers slowly disbanded but not before one more toast was made: eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow it may snow!
Here are some photos from our fall feast:
Hors d'oeuvres - mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese, creamy hummus and corriander grilled shrimp
raita sprinkled with chili powder and coriander, peach salad and fresh baked naan
tiramisu topped in hand shaved chocolate, a fantastic flan and strawberries & blueberries
the flan accompanied by chai served in delicate teacups