Cook Locally with Early Spring Seasonal British Foods

  • 01 of 03

    Why Follow the Seasons?

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    Seasonal British Peas and Beans. British Peas and Beans

    For an easy way to eat healthily and make it easy is to follow the seasons. By planning your food around what is available through the year, you will also, most likely be eating locally - certainly, with seasonal British food, you will be choosing foods from at least the British Isles, if not your local area.

    Choosing to cook and eat this way means your food will be fresher thereby taste better, be more nutritious plus these foods are less likely to have been tampered with is often found with...MORE foods flown in from far-flung shores. And, even better, they will be cheaper to buy.

    In a northern European country and Britain is, the seasons are distinct and clearly very different, which is why throughout the year the body requires different foods from the comfort foods of winter to brighter, lighter summer feasts. Nature has worked it out beautifully, perfectly. It is that simple,

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  • 02 of 03

    Early Spring Foods

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    Fresh Yorkshire Rhubarb. Elaine Lemm

    Early Spring is one of the most difficult times of year in the food calendar both to define and know what is available as, the weather can be glorious one day, snowing the next.  So, even though winter feels like it may be on the way out, it is not the time to forget the stews and casseroles just yet. Winter (if you don't look at the weather) is considered to be on its way out from about mid-February.

    One of the stars of the show at this time of year is Forced Rhubarb. These great little...MORE stems put in the appearance sometime in January if the weather conditions have been kind.and reach the height of their seasonality in February and will start to disappear in March, so make the most of them.  Their bright pink and red colours brighten up the dreariest of days and tables.

    This vegetable - yes it is one and not a fruit - as well as being delicious is also incredibly versatile and can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes.  Their bright pink and red colours brighten up the dreariest of days and tables. This vegetable, yes it is one and not a fruit, as well as being delicious is also incredibly versatile and can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes. 

    Other foods in season include:

    ApplesBeetrootBrussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Kale, Leeks, Onions. Parsnips, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Tenderstem, Swede.

    Fish at is best around this time of year is Salmon, Mussels, Cod,

    Meats include Beef, Spring Lamb, Pork and all kinds of Poultry including duck, turkey and chicken.

     

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  • 03 of 03

    Favourite Recipes for Early Spring

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    Lamb Cobbler. British Carrots

    Favourite Recipes for Early Spring:

    Foods are just beginning to lighten a little in the late winter and early spring, so recipes will still be on the comfort food side, so expect soups,  pies, crumbles, stews and roasted vegetables. Salads are still a little way off. 

    The Classic and the Best Roasted Rhubarb Crumble Recipe

    Sweet Roasted Beetroot Recipe

    Lamb, Redcurrant and Rosemary Cobbler Recipe

    Apple and Lancashire Cheese Pie

    Venison Wellington