Want to know what’s in season in October? Looking for October recipe ideas? Use creamy, nutty butternut squash, chewy figs and dark green kale from your local greengrocer to make these seasonal dishes and bakes. We’ve included plenty of tips for how to shop for particular varieties, prepping guides and useful ideas for using leftovers.


After, check out our best September recipes, November recipes and December recipes.


From the allium family, so related to onions and garlic, shallots are prized for their mellow sweetness. When buying look for taut skin – they should be firm and not have any green shoots sprouting from the ends.

Pot-roast red curry pheasant

This impressive pot-roast needs just five minutes prep time. The oven does all the work, infusing the caramelised meat with aromatic Thai red curry flavours.

A Pot-roast red curry pheasant i a cast iron pot next to a bowl of broccoli


Quinces look like a hybrid of an apple and a pear but are quite different. They are much firmer and heavier, and are bitter and astringent before cooking but turn pink when cooked, with a floral flavour.

Quince pudding

Quinces are bitter when raw but turn pink when cooked, with a floral taste – they give this autumnal steamed pudding lovely flavour and are great paired with mixed spice, cinnamon and ginger.

A steamed quince pudding on a black plate on a green linen table cloth

Butternut squash

A butternut squash is a long, fleshy gourd with creamy, nutty orange flesh. One of the most common types of winter squash, it’s extremely versatile and works well across many cuisines. With sweet, orange flesh and taut yellow skin, try it roasted in wedges in a warm salad or blended into soups and risottos. Look for unblemished skin when buying. See more of our butternut squash recipes here.

Butternut squash mac and cheese

Add cubes of roasted butternut squash to creamy macaroni cheese for an autumnal twist on this comforting, crowd-pleasing pasta bake.

A white baking dish filled with baked macaroni and a golden cheese topping

Roasted butternut squash wedges with sage pesto

Roast squash in garlic and chilli then top with a herby homemade pesto for a vibrant autumnal side dish.

Roasted butternut squash wedges with pesto on a baking tray


The fruit of the ficus tree, figs are soft, chewy and filled with small, edible seeds. Before the days of refined sugar, figs were often dried and used as sweeteners in cakes and bakes. Discover more fig recipes here.

Baked figs with amaretto

Jammy figs are roasted with amaretto for a nutty sweetness. Serve with creamy mascarpone and crumbled amaretti biscuits for an elegant autumnal dessert.

White plates topped with mascarpone and halves purple figs

Guinea fowl

A wild game bird, guinea fowl are originally from Africa but are found throughout the UK. They have a flavour similar to that of chicken or pheasant, with a slightly darker, gamier meat. Check out more of our guinea fowl recipes here.

Roast guinea fowl in white wine sauce

Roast guinea fowl sits in a rich and creamy chicken stock sauce with shallots and lardons. Serve with mashed potatoes and greens for an alternative Sunday roast.

A black baking dish filled with a roast bird on a bed of creamy sauce


Kale is a type of cabbage from the brassica family. With dark green, frilly leaves, it’s extremely nutrient-rich. You can either buy it on the stalk or chopped and in bags. It has tough and fibrous central stems that need to be removed, or very finely chopped if using – with firm green leaves. However it’s best to remove and discard the tough, woody stalk before cooking the leaves. Find more kale recipes here.

Kale salad with tadka dressing

Firm, rich kale leaves are tossed with sliced avocado and slicked in a dressing of honey, vinegar, garlic and chilli. Topped with crisp, golden croutons made from punchy garlic and coriander naan breads, this is a hearty salad with buckets of flavour and texture.

A green plate filled with kale, chopped avocado and golden croutons

Cajun chicken supreme

A chicken supreme is a skin-on chicken breast that has the top of the shoulder bone left in. This helps keep the breast moist. If you can’t get hold of them, then skin-on chicken breasts will work just as well.

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One-pan fish stew

Pair juicy prawns with white fish, creamy butter beans, feta and earthy kale in a flavoursome tomato sauce. This easy one-pot dinner is ready in just 40 minutes.

One-pan Fish Stew in a White Bowl on a Blue Wooden Board

Roast vegetable salad with kale pesto

Toss vibrant roasted veg with grains and a nutty kale pesto dressing for an easy vegetarian side dish.

A grey background with a white platter, topped with roasted vegetables, grains and a green dressing

More seasonal recipes

Prawns: Garlic and cumin butter prawns

Make the most of juicy king prawns by slathering in this buttery garlicky sauce – a light, punchy dinner idea ready in 20 minutes.

Garlic prawns with paprika and sherry butter

Cod: Fish and chips

Cooking soft, seasonal cod in lager creates a super crisp, light batter with a deep flavour. Serve our beer-battered cod with chips and peas.

Beer battered cod, chips and peas on a plate dinner plate

Blackberries: Croissant bread and butter pudding

Take your pudding to the next level with buttery croissants, blackberry jam and fresh blackberries.


Sweetcorn: Mini sweetcorn tacos with feta avo crema and quick pickled onions

Pack in heaps of colour and flavour to your vegetarian entertaining with these vibrant tacos.

Sweetcorn Tacos with Avocado Cream and Quick Pickled Onions

Onions: French onion soup

This deep beefy French onion soup is rich with caramelised onions and topped with bubbling cheese melts, perfect for a comforting winter warmer.

Two bowls of French onion soup, topped with cheese toastie


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