Yumcious: Stews with autumn flavours.Picture: Nathan Adams
The seasons are changing, and no one is more excited than TV chef Jenny Morris about the changes that happen in the kitchen. From cauliflowers to spices, Morris has it all at the ready as autumn settles in and winter fast approaches.

The Food Network chef describes herself as a “seasonal animal” and says she’s very in tune with the changes.

Yumcious has established itself in the Cape Quarter as a trendy bistro which offers flavourful food and a very popular buffet.

The homely feel extends to the menu which is a huge bonus when you’re looking for a spot to crash and have lunch or even grab a takeaway for a dinner.

The salad bar is bursting with seasonal vegetables, but the standard ingredients are pumpkin and cauliflower.

The addition of cauliflower in many of their salads is a nifty way to sneak the veg into dishes in which you wouldn’t expect to find it.

VEG DELIGHT: Salads with autumn flavours. Picture: Nathan Adams

Morris admits that as the cold weather sets in, the hot food offering will increase and they’ll serve fewer salads. Already, bobotie, butter chicken and meatballs in a sesame sauce are being served at the bistro.

Morris reminds me that chillies shouldn’t just feature in curries every winter. “Chillies are a great source of vitamin C,” she says. It’s these kinds of nuggets of foodie wisdom you get from the meals at Yumcious. If you’re looking for seasonal inspiration, they have it all.

Dessert. Picture: Nathan Adams

Dessert was a lovely cappuccino and a slice of carrot cake. It was arguably the best carrot cake I’ve ever had. Moist and light, the mousse-like icing and the texture of the cake is the perfect end to a meal that has all the right ingredients and flavours to happily welcome autumn and prepare your palate for winter.

Yumcious is at Level Zero, Cape Quarter Square, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town. Hours: Mon-Sat, 8am to 4pm. Phone: 021 418 8000