Food in season: December

It’s Chriiiiiiissstmaaassss. Roy Wood, Wizzard And so our year of seasonal food must come to an end. But not, may I add, without talking about its final month. Now, Christmas being Christmas, December’s ingredients have something of a festive feeling to them: turkey, goose, brussels sprouts, clementines and cranberries all feature. However, I would like…

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Food in season: November

November is the month of my Mum’s birthday. This has always given us an good excuse for particularly excellent food, and with my parents’ wine shop usually giving its annual winter wine tasting, it’s also a pretty good opportunity for some lovely wine. Unfortunately the wine tasting won’t be happening this year due to COVID,…

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Food in season: October

The chill has set in and its time for darkness and spooks and pumpkins. Ever wonder why, out of all the vegetables, people carve pumpkins for halloween? It’s pretty simple really – they’re in season and readily available, which was important back in the day when food wasn’t so easily shipped across borders. Parsnips and…

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Food in season: September

Back to school we go. A sense of newness always arrives in September at the beginning of Autumn, and the ingredients in season are just the same. We see the beginnings of dark leafy greens like kale and leeks, the colder water fish and shellfish return, including pollock and razor clams, and autumnal favourites move…

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Food in season: August

And so the seasons begin to think about changing again. It’s difficult to imagine with the constant reel of summer BBQs and days spent by the lake (depending on your corona situation of course), but the food never lies and with sweetcorn, damsons and elderberries coming into season things are starting to get, dare I…

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Free downloadable seasonal fruit and veg guide

I go on a fair amount about seasonal food. Every month I let you know what will be in season and that’s because it’s the way I plan what I eat, how I shop and ultimately what ends up on my plate. Eating food that’s in season means that ingredients taste better, that there’s less…

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Food in season: July

It’s the month of summer holidays and food inspiration from afar. Whilst travels may be somewhat more local this year, there’s no harm adding some fresh chillies to your marinades, whacking some of the good stuff on the BBQ and pretending you’re sunning yourself somewhere a little more exotic than your garden, balcony or local…

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Food in season: June

Ah, those heady days of summer are upon us. The question on everyone’s lips: will it be a washout or will we see the sun? Only time will tell. We can see the beginnings of mediterranean veg coming in with aubergine, courgettes and fennel, perfect to be roasted up or made into ratatouille. It’s also…

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Food in season: May

We’re officially onto warmer weather, and I have one main exclamation for you: Asparagus. It started last month, but now you should be able to find it readily. In Germany they go mad for it, with restaurants offering separate Spargelkarten (Asparagus Menus) full of soups and salads, steamed or grilled, with brown butter, hollandaise and…

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Food in season: April

Spring! I told you it would come. Now, let’s face it, with COVID-19 knocking on everyone’s doors this month hasn’t come quite as expected. Most of us are staying in, quite a few of us are going a bit mad and some are trying to ignore an irresistible air of panic that seems to be…

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