Serves 8 with the Sunday Roast 

A fantastic seasonal recipe combining caramelised squash and chunky mushrooms 


  • 1kg (2lb 4oz) pumpkin or squash  
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic syrup (Filippo Berio is my favourite) 
  • 8 sprigs thyme 
  • 700g (1lb 9oz) chestnut mushrooms 
  • Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 2000C/4000F/Gas 6. 
  1. Cut the pumpkin (peeled if you wish) into wedges, about 3cm (1¼in) thick at the thickest part and remove the seeds. 
  1. Put the wedges in a roasting-tin in which they can lie in a single layer with space around them. Drizzle on 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the balsamic, season and add two-thirds of the thyme, tearing it with your hands. 
  1. Clean the mushrooms with kitchen paper and slice in half. Put these into another roasting-tin in a single layer and add the rest of the oil, balsamic and thyme. Season. Toss everything around. Make sure there is space around the mushrooms, so they don’t sweat. 
  1. Roast the pumpkin for about 45 minutes, or until tender and a little caramelised.  
  1. Roast the mushrooms for about 35 minutes, until dark and roasted and any juices have evaporated. When ready, gently toss them together and serve immediately in a warm dish. 

In season this month 

Fruits, Nuts & Fungi 
Apples, blackberries, chestnuts, elderberries, figs, grapes, pears, quince, tomatoes, walnuts. Lots of lovely mushrooms; chanterelles, chestnuts, horse mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, parasol mushrooms, puffballs, giant shaggy ink caps and summer truffles 

Vegetables & Herbs 
Beetroot, borlotti beans, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chard, courgettes, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins & squash, rocket, salsify, scorzonera, spinach, turnips 

Meat & Game 
Duck, wild goose, grouse, guinea fowl, hare, mallard, partridge, pheasant, rabbit, venison, wood pigeon 

Fish & Shellfish 
Cod, crab, eels, lobster, mackerel, mussels, oysters, prawns, scallops, sea bass, sprats, squid, brown and rainbow trout 

Going out of season 
Aubergine, beetroot, butternut squash, chicory, cobnut, damsons, elderberries, fennel, fig, globe artichoke, lamb, mackerel, pear, plums, radish, raspberry, rocket, sweetcorn, watercress