Do darker nights and chilly mornings have you craving some real comfort food? We’re very lucky in Scotland to have some beautiful seasonal produce from fruit and veg to meat and seafood.
Autumn is a fantastic season for foodies, so why not work some yummy autumnal food and drink into your wedding day?
1. APPLE CRUMBLE
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A belly-warming, sticky sweet bowl of apple crumble brings back fond childhood memories, especially when generously topped with a river of custard! You might want to refine things a little for your wedding day, so why not have the crumbles served in cute mason jars with spoons tied on?
If you have a treasured family recipe for crumble, ask your caterer if they can recreate that for your wedding day dessert for a really special touch.
Scottish beetroot season is in full swing, and the earthy taste of this jewel-toned veg just screams autumn.
Beetroot and chocolate might sound like a crazy combo but it’s actually delicious. Why not be bold and add a layer to your wedding cake?
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A mug of apple cider keeps the chill of autumn air at bay, so replace beer with this at your drinks reception.
If you don’t want to serve it warm then try an apple cider Bellini: apple cider, orange liqueur, maple syrup and prosecco finished with a spring of rosemary to finish. Delicious.
Veer away from the usual choice of chicken and opt for duck.
Serve with braised red cabbage or plum chutney or, if you’re worried about having it as a main option, choose it as a starter.
5. HOT TODDY
I love the idea of a hot toddy bar for your guests to enjoy. Does it get any more Scottish than that?
Set up a table with premium whisky, hot water flask, cinnamon sticks and lemon slices; your very own hot toddy station! This will go down a storm with the dads, we promise you!
6. JAM + CHUTNEY
It’s your last chance to use soft fruits in jams and chutneys before they retire for the winter!
Serve a chutney, pickle or relish with cheese for an alternative reception buffet. Add crackers, grapes and port too!
November and December are the months where you’ll find the best quality monkfish in Scotland, so take advantage of that and serve it as an alternative to salmon as a fish course.
Monkfish works beautifully well with robust flavours that pair with its meaty, succulent flesh. Serve as a canape wrapped in smokey pancetta.
8. POACHED PEAR
Pears are in season just now so expect to find the most delicious, juiciest varieties in the months of November and December.
Serve poached the traditional way with red wine and spices, or add them sliced to stilton and walnut salads for a starter. Delicious.
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With an abundance of root veg around in Scotland at this time of year, a soup starter at your autumnal wedding breakfast is a no-brainer!
Pair butternut squash, carrot or parsnip with cumin and subtle curry flavours for a kick of heat.
10. WOOD-FIRED PIZZA
Everyone loves pizza. That’s just a fact. Your guests would be thrilled with an authentic wood-fired pizza from a van like Pizza Via.
Customise your toppings to make them seasonal, and include artichoke, wild mushrooms and pulled ham hock. We can taste it now!