Relax with a spicy blend of earthiness…and celebrate the arrival of high autumn.
I’m currently bundled up in the living room, with no evening plans except to be and stay cozy. And from my stove top is emanating a spicy blend of earthiness, giving me the knowing that it’s fall.
Call me the Queen of Simmer Pots, please. When autumn rolls around, I become almost crazed with ideas on what I can possibly mix together to create interesting new scents. I have a few favorites, such as my Moroccon Amber Pot, and will definitely be adding this one to the list.
Typically, when buying simmer pot ingredients, one (like me) may buy them in bulk. So instead of letting them sit on your shelf til’ the end of time, I suggest making a batch of dry mix. Combine all of the ingredients (minus oil) in a bowl. Dish out a few scoops and put them in separate small linen pouches. They’ll come in handy when you need to gift friends or family in the current and upcoming season. Or, store a big batch for yourself, pre-made, to create a short cut for the next time you’d like a simmer pot, prep-free.
Harvest Spice Simmer Pot
What You Need:
Dried bean pods
Dried orange slices *I baked mine with fresh ginger!
Wild rose hips
To start, fill a pot halfway with water. Add a couple (I added 4) drops of pepperberry oil. If you’ve never smelled this oil blend before, you’ve been missing out. This complex blend screams autumn, with traditional black pepper notes mixing into allspice, wildberries, oak, and a tiny hint of vanilla. Add the rest of the dry blend, adding as little or as much of certain ingredients that you like. Keep your stove on the warm/low setting, and let the pot simmer throughout the days and night.
This simmer pot conjures up a vision of harvest. The spiciness of the cloves, cinnamon, oil and coriander is perfectly bold, but settled with the sweet warmth of orange, rose hips and cockscombs. I love cooking with rosemary during these months, and was pleasantly surprised when I included it. It brought the pot full circle, keeping it tonal, fresh and earthy.
I challenge you to give the simmer pot a try this weekend — you won’t regret it. What scents do you love for fall? Any simmer pot ideas that I need to try out? Let us know in the comments!