The changing seasons in the UK mean that we have an ever-changing line-up of produce to get excited about. We all have our favourite season or seasons for various reasons and often events are linked to the food that's around. Nothing's nicer than a fresh punnet of berries on a hot summer's day or cosying up with a hot bowl of vegetable curry on a winter's evening.
By eating seasonally not only does it give great variety in what we eat throughout the year, but also supports local growers and has huge effects on the environmental impact our consumption has on the planet.
Summer is here!
So the long days of summer are here... and its the best time of year for locally-grown produce. The fields and trees are full of fantastic produce and by embracing seasonal eating, I feel inspired to create new delicious, nourishing meals. It really is our favourite time of year for hearty goodness!
We love all mushrooms but wild ones are our favourite. Bursting in antioxidants and giving our immune system a much needed hand at this time of year. Such a versatile vegetable that can bring so much flavour and texture to cooking, we are currently loving using them in pies with Chestnuts
With so many wonderful varieties to enjoy, the humble apple rich in all the good stuff is the most used fruit in our kitchen. We use its sweet goodness as a natural sugar to add flavour our dishes sweet and savoury.
Summer sample menu
Tofu Tikka Wrap
Beetroot & Chickpea Burger served in a Wholemeal Bun with crunchy Seasonal Salad on the side
Cashew Curry served with Brown Rice and home made Chutney
Squash and chickpea Tagine served with Chargrilled Broccoli Salad and Brown Rice
Tempeh Caesar Salad
Spiced Apple Cake
We love Kale all year round if we are being honest, but at this time of year this vitamin rich hero food is unmissable. Simply massaged with a roast garlic, olive oil and lemon dressing, its the best!