Tag Archives: season

What’s in season? November

19 Nov

 

Hand dived scallops

Hand dived scallops

We’re really into Winter mode now the clocks have gone back. The weather seems to have deteriorated too. All the more reason to cook hearty soups and stews and glory in the fruits still available. I was surprised to see blueberries on sale this last weekend, but they really were Scottish! The other delight was to see a pack of Scottish chilis from Scotherbs – these have proved to be delicious.

 

Fruit and Vegetables

Fennel; beetroot; Broccoli, Dirty carrots; butternut squash; Leeks, Onions, Spinach; Swiss chard, Parsnips, russet apples (and many more types), Wild Mushrooms, pears, ceps (last few). And from further afield, truffles, some amazing large juicy pineapples and cranberries

Meat and Fish

Crab, Scallops, plaice (very reasonably priced), Lobster,  Squid, Mallard, Chicken,  Beef, Pork , Turbot

Recipe

Spiced berries

This is a really quick dessert. It can be made from any combination of berries you might have in the freezer or indeed a packet of frozen fruit is fine. It’s also worth freezing a bag of cranberries if you spot some.

Equal quantities of blackberries, redcurrants, cranberries, raspberries and blueberries – you’ll need about 100 grams per person.

1 stick of cinnamon (about 4 cm long)

4 cloves

4 green cardamoms (lightly squashed)

100 grams of sugar (brown or white) – you might need more depending on the fruit you used.

Method

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and cook slowly until the juices run. If you are using cranberries, make sure they have softened, these usually take longest to cook. Remove the spices and add more sugar if very tart.

What’s in season – July

28 Jul

It’s always great to know what’s in season when your planning what to cook or what to eat in restaurants. How many times have you seen the phrase we focus on seasonal local food and you get parma ham and chocolate cheesecake on the menu?

This list is not exhaustive, it’ll just give you an idea of what to look for, and to avoid oddities such as asparagus from Peru when it was in season here (guess which big supermarket that was). No apologies for including some fruit from Europe such as apricots. You can even get Scottish cherries from Edinburgh’s farmers’ market currently!

Home grown yellow tomatoes

Home grown yellow tomatoes

Fruit and Vegetables

Apricots,artichokes, beetroot (look for the yellow ones), beans (broad, french and runners), chard, courgettes, cherries, fennel, gooseberries, nectarines, peaches, peas, mange out, peppers, red and black currants, sweetcorn, tomatoes (many different varieties at the markets).

Meat and Fish

Brill, organic or free range chicken, pork, halibut, lamb, langoustines, pilchards, plaice, queenie (small) scallops, wild salmon.