Roast Butternut Squash with Feta and Harissa Creme Fraîche

Phew, what a few weeks! It’s been so busy that I kind of missed out on enjoying my favourite season of the year: autumn. Isn’t autumn great?! Suddenly the leaves turn golden, pumpkins appear on people’s doorsteps, farmer’s markets sell an abundance of colourful apples and it’s nice to start wearing the first wooly jumpers and big scarves. Yes, autumn’s my kinda season!

But this autumn’s been a bit strange. At the end of October, when I was in Luxembourg for the royal wedding, the sun was shining and it was 25 degrees. The previous week I was in New York, where I was trying to keep warm – and that only a couple of days after sweating generously in 30 degrees heat in Washington DC. Yes, I think I’m suffering from seasonal jetlag.

So, now that I’m finally in one place with consistent seasonal temperatures, I’m taking the time to reconnect with my kitchen and with autumn produce. One of my absolute favourite autumnal vegetables of all time are pumpkins – and butternut squash in particular. Their sweetish tender flesh is perfect for roasting or in risottos, blended in soups or grated in cakes.

Today, I’m introducing you to one of my favourite autumn butternut squash dishes. It’s so incredibly simple to put together. Just chuck all the ingredients on a baking tray, drizzle some olive oil over it and then bake for about 25 minutes et voilà, a super lovely warming autumn dinner.

November 10, 2012