There are certain moments which mark the transitions within slow changes. Today is one of those marking moments where we label the shift within a gradual change. Yes, I’m talking about today being the first day of fall! Each day in September has been a slow fade from the hazy heat of summer, to the crisp, breezy feel of fall.
To celebrate slipping into a new season, I’ve made a list of classic movie adaptations perfect for enjoying this fall season. The only thing better than cuddling up for a good story, is doing so with food! So check out these fall foods paired with the classics!
Jane Austen’s quirky novel about a matchmaking heiress was readapted into a film this spring. The movie itself is a visual feast of color. The scenes at Hartfield show Emma as an elite hostess, plying her guests with beautiful spreads of food and tea. While many of these foods are not precisely the type of fall snacks you may think of in the orange and brown hue, pastel colors have a place in fall as well.
A visual delight sure to put you in the mood to hang out with a handsome, clever, and rich protagonist.
If you are like Harriet Smith, you are very fond of Walnuts. So much so that young Mr. Martin might travel three miles round in a day to fetch you some…
Maybe some leftover wedding cake? But nothing too rich, or Mr. Woodhouse will earnestly try to prevent you from eating it because he believes what is unfit for him is unfit for anyone.
Now to appease Mr. Woodhouse, you may enjoy a nice baked apple. In fact, this snack is a nice autumnal treat that isn’t too rich.
“I have so often heard Mr. Woodhouse recommend a baked apple. I believe it is the only way that Mr. Woodhouse thinks the fruit thoroughly wholesome.”
–Emma, Jane Austen
The ultimate fall movie marathon is not complete without a Harry Potter movie or two … or eight. What a fun time to capitalize on all those explicit descriptions of the Hogwarts feasts and foods on the Honeydukes Express trolley.
- Pumpkin pasties
These baked pastries originating form Cornwall, England come with many different fillings, but in keeping with the fall theme, pumpkin is a sublime filling! Also, this is the type of pasty that Harry eats in the first book.
- Jelly beans
Whether you get Bertie Botts‘ every flavor bean, or just some regular Jelly Bellies, these candies are a great way to stay in the Harry Potter theme.
- Pumpkin Juice
Back to the pumpkin patch! The Wizarding World is known to enjoy some pumpkin juice. You can try out this recipe if you’d like to make it at home!
Basically, the goal of fall snacks for a Harry Potter watch party or reading experience is to recreate the trolley where Harry and his friends get snacks on their inaugural travel to Hogwarts.
“What she did have were Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum, Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Licorice Wands, and a number of other strange things Harry had never seen in his life.”
– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
Oh, how classic is this novel? Not only is the plot so engaging, but Louisa May Alcott’s characters feel like family to every reader of her novel. The rich description and authenticity in the relationships makes for a winning combination. Picking up the book or watching one of the movie adaptations feels like going home for the holidays. With such a glowing, homey feeling already accompanying this story, this story deserves a truly cozy atmospheric setting.
- Muffs a.k.a. apple turnovers
Capture the aroma of fall into a little pastry, and let it fill your house. Personally, I am absolutely in love with the new 2020 adaptation of the movie, and I would whole-heartedly recommend watching the movie while breaking into a steaming ‘muff’ to warm you from the inside out.
(If you would like to make these apple turnovers gluten free, check out this recipe for a gluten free pastry.)
Wow, another two recipes which just scream autumn. The deep amber color is as visually appealing as the spicy, sweet smells and the lovely taste. These are included in the Little Women repertoire, because apparently Jo March, who is known for having few domestic skills, has an aptitude for making fall sweets.
“Don’t try too many messes, Jo, for you can’t make anything but gingerbread and molasses candy fit to eat. I wash my hands of the dinner party, and since you have asked Laurie on your own responsibility, you may just take care of him.”
– Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
I hope this blog has put you into the spirit to enjoy some wonderful autumnal snacks with amazing books. What are some other books that make you think of fall or just make you feel downright cozy inside? Share in the comments!