Savouring the seasons
Economical recipes for seasonal eating
With ever-growing concerns over the cost of living, the idea behind this collection of recipes is to help us all to eat healthily, economically and seasonally with an awareness of how our eating habits impact the environment.
Home-made soups are easy to make and capitalise on what is seasonally available, so every month we have a soup of the month.
We include meat and fish and vegetarian suggestions but we are selecting cuts of meat and types of fish that are inexpensive and perhaps underused but definitely delicious!
All recipes are for 4 people (adults) unless otherwise stated.
This is traditionally the month in which we would celebrate and thank God for the harvest.
A month in which lots of fresh vegetables and fruit are available:
plenty of new potatoes, lots of British tomatoes, courgettes and squash, garlic, shallots, onions, greenhouse-grown aubergine and peppers, runner beans and other beans, young carrots and turnips, spinach and chard, cauliflower, sweetcorn, plums, blackberries, apples and early pears, autumn raspberries and cobnuts (hazelnuts).
By October, it’s beginning to feel more autumnal. This is the month for foraging for mushrooms. If you can tell an edible mushroom from a toadstool, then great – free food! However, the consequences of getting it wrong can be serious, so make sure you know what’s what! As a rule, it’s safer to buy them. As well as mushrooms, our seasonal veg now includes big potatoes, pumpkins, cauliflower and sprouts, leeks, beetroot, carrots and parsnips, turnips and swede, cabbage and kale. October is also a great month for British apples and pears, and quince.
The days are shortening; it’s getting wetter and windier. We need some good British comfort food: root veg (potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, swede and beetroot, celeriac); leeks, celery and the brassicas (Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, cauliflower); pumpkins. It’s a good time for cooking and eating apples, pears and cranberries and chestnuts too.
Christmas is coming – looking for alternatives to turkey? And what’s in season?
Plenty of root veg and brassicas (cabbage-related). So, carrots, parsnips, swede, celeriac, turnips, beetroot, green cabbage and red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, celery, leeks, onions and garlic, pumpkins. Apples, pears and cooking apples, rhubarb, cranberries, chestnuts, walnuts are available for delicious desserts.
With Christmas over, there is still a great range of winter veg available but locally grown fruit is harder to find, so bring out your store cupboard bottled or frozen fruit. Carrots, parsnips, swede, celeriac, turnips, beetroot, green cabbage and red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, celery, leeks, onions and garlic, pumpkins. Apples and cooking apples, rhubarb and cranberries should be available. Shops may sell off nuts in their shells – chestnuts, walnuts, hazelnuts. Buy your Seville oranges for marmalade making (!) and other European citrus fruits
The first signs of Spring may be visible in the garden. Seasonal veg now includes purple sprouting broccoli as well as winter cabbage, red cabbage, kale, sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, turnips, swede, parsnips, celery and celeriac, perpetual spinach, onions, garlic, leeks and potatoes. British apples and cooking apples can still be bought.