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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Cultured butter: an experiment

Butter is central to so much cooking, from the classical to super modern, whether gluttonous or health foods. It adds richness and flavour, emulsifies sauces and is even responsible for the flaky layers in puff pastry. We’re reasonably accustomed to seeing salted and unsalted varieties and can find a vast array from the raw, unpasteurised…

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Chicken and spring veg traybake with spring onions, asparagus and peas

May is probably my favourite month. There’s a feeling of anticipation in the air as the weather starts to turn warmer. There are the first days of the year where you can sit sipping a beer in the park, prematurely wearing sandals and shorts and trying to cover goose pimpled legs with the bed sheet…

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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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Food in season: March

March eh? I know it may not feel like it, but spring is here! Or it’s about to be. We have watercress and spring onions, the first spring lamb and clams to name a few. And who knows, we’ve had rogue heatwaves at the beginning of April before… Vegetables Brussels sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Celeriac Chicory…

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Food in season: February

Welcome to the second installation of Food in season… where month by month I give you a run down of the food that’s well, in season. February always seems like a pretty uninspiring month. It’s grey, it’s still cold and it’s not showing signs of getting much better. The endless drizzle, the non-stop gloom. But…

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