I’ve always fancied following the seasons when it comes to cooking, but I can never remember to which seasons different foods belong. Having a terrible memory, I thought it might be a good idea to find a handy guide to which I could refer and save my poor seive-like brain from having to retain yet more information!
Imagine my happiness on discovering THIS little guide from none other than the lovely Jamie Oliver*! It’s by no means a fully comprehensive list, but it’s a great starting point. At least now I know that this month I can safely bet on aubergine, beetroot, blackberry, broccoli, brussels, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chestnut, crab, cranberry, duck, fig, garlic, guinea fowl, Jerusalem artichoke, leek, oyster, parsnip, pear, peas, potato, pumpkin, radish and salmon all tasting their very best this month. Not that I actually like everything on that list, but it’s good to know those I do like will taste good when I put them on my plate!
I know Jamie Oliver gets a lot of schtick from folks for being overenthusiastic and talking like his tongue is ten times too big for his mouth, but I like the guy. You have to respect a man who single-handedly took on the British school dinners system and won by being sensible and trying to educate the kids, their parents and all those involved in the country’s schools about good food, as well as getting shot of the dreaded Turkey Twizzlers! I also love that he champions British grub and that his recipes are (usually) full of things normal people have in their kitchens (as opposed to the likes of Delia Smith who assumes we all buy our food from gourmet specialist shops) that produce delicious and hearty meals (in direct opposition to those who make fiddly-faffy, tiny potions of exquisitely presented restaurant cordon bleu type fare).
Ideally, one of these days I’ll grow my own veg and be able to pick it from my own garden and then, wash it, prepare it and serve it all within a few hours from earth to plate. At present, this isn’t really possible, as round here if you plant anything in your garden, the local Uncouth Youth rip it all out. I did win a Windowgrow from Greenhouse Sensation earlier this year, but as yet it hasn’t been used. I hope to rectify that situation next year – I just have to find a place to put it! Perhaps it’ll fit on the kitchen windowsill. I have a fancy to grow some carrots in it…
In the meantime, I intend to double-check my list of seasons before I so my food shopping!