Hairy Biker Si King - Great Autumnal food

PUBLISHED: 20:57 15 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:05 20 February 2013

Hairy Biker Si King - Great Autumnal food

Hairy Biker Si King - Great Autumnal food

The Hairy Biker looks forward to some great Autumnal food – and hopes he'll have a chance to eat some of it

I love this time of year, when the leaves are falling and theres that musk in the air of damp vegetation and I always look forward to eating traditional Autumnal dishes. The food reflects the season weve had bright greens and vivacious colours all through the summer (or what summer we had!) and now theres so many wonderful flavour combinations which have a mustiness to them.

Everyones minds start to turn towards the casserole pot and slow roasts and the root veg thats coming into season and the mussels that come into season at this time of year if theres an R in the month and you like mussels, youre laughing.

I love roasted vegetables, parsnips and carrots and roast onions oh, and baked onions, man I love baked onions.


Theres nothing like pork and apple and theres a brilliant dish of pork stuffed with apricots and herb butter that is a really epic dish.

And then later in Autumn, one of my favourite dishes is one my mam used to make, a flat rib broth with barley and pulses, all thick and hearty, the smell is absolutely fantastic. I remember my mam telling me that its a dish you only eat in late Autumn because by then the cow has put plenty of fat on and thats what helps make the dish so good.

And although I have just lost all that weight Im not going to deny myself. I love my food and Ill never compromise that, so I can eat what I want, just not every day I need to balance what I eat. There is no way I am ever going back to being 19 stone again.

My attitudes towards food have changed completely and I am looking to lose a little bit more, but Im pretty healthy now and Im not going to worry if I stay at the weight I am now. So although its one of my favourite times of the year and theres all this wonderful food coming into season and all these brilliant flavours, my opportunities to eat are going to be pretty limited!

We start our tour this month and that could help keep the weight down because theres very little time to eat! Once we finish at one place well be back to the hotel, sleep, breakfast, then travel to the next location and there is never any logical approach to geography when tours are put together, we could be travelling from Carlisle to Lowestoft, so well grab a light lunch from the services and then thats us. Dave tends to eat before we go on stage, and I sometimes do, I sometimes dont.

Our schedule recently has been manic, weve been all over the place filming for the new series of Best of British and spending time locked away doing voiceovers, then it was straight into rehearsals for the tour and then were off all over the country.

Si and Daves tour begins in Barrow on September 30th and runs until next April, with dates in Newcastle in November and Sunderland in February for tickets and more information, log on to hairybikers.com

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