I’m most delighted to be guest hosting March’s Simple and in Season event, a bloggie challenge dear to my heart that promotes seasonal produce, of which I’ve now entered many a time. Thanking you very kindly Ren (of the fabulous Fabulicious Food) for entrusting me with your baby and allowing me to host this month. In fact this will also be my first ever hosting of a bloggie challenge, so wish me luck!
So what’s in Season in March? On the veggie front it’s definitely the time of year for the Brassicas to shine: Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Spring Greens, Kale, Turnips and Swede are all pretty abundant. There’s also plenty of Carrots and Parsnips, Beetroot, Leeks, Celery, Jerusalem Artichokes, Lambs Lettuce, Mushrooms, Spinach, Pumpkin and Potatoes. As for the fruit, it’s a little thinner on the ground at this time of the year, but there’s still plenty of lovely Rhubarb plus Apples and Pears stored from the Autumn. On the meat and fish front, it’s a good time for Venison, Cockles, Cod, Crab, John Dory, Salmon, Sea Bass and Sea Trout.
Obviously what’s in season would vary considerably as to where exactly in the world you’re blogging from! Please feel free to blog your local seasonal goodies, wherever you are.
In my own garden in SW France I’m currently munching my way through Savoy Cabbages, Calabrese, Romanesco Cauliflowers, Brussels Sprouts and very soon, fingers crossed, LOTS of lovely Purple Sprouting Broccoli (one of my favourite veggies ever!). We also still have a few Carrots and Parsnips in the ground, scattered Lettuces, Celery & Rocket and my dye hard Mr Wonder Veg Swiss Chard. And yesterday my husband took very delighted delivery (as I’m currently in the UK with the littlies lavishing in the world of central heating) of half a local muntjac deer kindly given to us by the local hunters. And I mean half, I’ve seen the gory photos!
In need of a little more seasonal inspiration? Then Ren has kindly compiled a list of her favourite websites dedicated to seasonality:
What’s in Season (a great website with an A-Z picture guide of what’s in season in Britain)
Eat the Seasons (tells you what’s good this week, e.g jersey royal new potatoes, asparagus etc)
Well Seasoned (more about what’s in season in the UK including seasonality charts)
Sustainable Table – seasonal produce further afield
Here’s a few guidelines for entering Simple and in Season:
1) All you have to do is come up with a dish using any seasonal produce you like (savoury or sweet) and post it on your blog, LINK TO THIS PAGE and to Ren’s Simple and in Season page and email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the name of your dish and the URL link. I’ll add your link to this blog as soon as it’s received.
2) Feel free to use the Simple and in Season badge in your post (it’s at the top and bottom of this blog).
3) March’s round starts today, 1st March 2013, and ends on 31st March 2013. I’ll be doing a Round-Up shortly after showcasing all your seasonal goodies.
4) You can take inspiration from anywhere – adapt a recipe from your favourite cookbook, try something from a magazine, make up your own creation or share a family favourite. The usual rules apply when using someone else’s recipe, please either get permission from the author to post it or adapt it in some way stating how/why you’ve changed it.
5) Include any seasonal produce you fancy including fruit, veg, herbs, meat or fish.
6) Link as many recipes as you like. You can link posts entered into other blog events or carnivals as long as it involves a seasonal food item (and fits in with their rules).
7) The linky-up is open to anyone, anywhere.
8) If you’re on Twitter, tweet to myself @ChezFoti and @RenBehan using the hashtag #SimpleandinSeason and we’ll re-tweet all that we see
If you have questions or problems, email me or leave me a comment in the comment box at the bottom of the post.
So looking forward to all your entries, and thanks again for letting me host Ren!
1) In Praise of Nettles – Nettles & Beans
2) Crispy Beer-Soaked Sweet Potato Fries
3) Beetroot & Carrot Pancakes with Herby Mascarpone
4) Roasted Roots and an Easy Roasted Roots Pizza
5) Vegan Watercress, Rocket, Spinach & Almond Pesto
6) Thyme Courgettes with Leeks and Feta
7) Shepherds Pie using Leftover Roast Lamb
8) ‘Almost Spring’ Lamb Hotpot
9) Spanish Stylie Baked Chicken, Rice & Seasonal Veggies
11) A Wintery Roasted Roots & Gruyere Pie
12) Beetroot Soup
13) Parsnip & Bacon Gratin with Leeks, Hazelnuts & Blue Cheese
March 1st, 2013 at 11:33 am
Your veggies are still doing so well! I love the romanesco caulis, they’re beautiful. How exciting it’s officially Spring now and we can look forward to a new season of edible goodies. Your brassicas will go wonderfully with the venison too – I love how all the seasonal foodie goodies work well together. http://www.foragefinefoods.co.uk has a great recipe for venison haunch, I’m keen to try it with my pancetta.
March 4th, 2013 at 8:57 pm
Ah thanks for the venison recipe tip, I’ll certainly be looking for a few newbies to try out with our wondrous haul!
March 1st, 2013 at 2:55 pm
Eating seasonally is a big part of our culinary ethos, so this is a great idea. I’m away from home a lot this month, but hope to find time to make a seasonal submission. Beautiful veg, incidentally, I also adore purple sprouting broccoli though mine has been badly damaged by the wind but limps on!
March 4th, 2013 at 9:00 pm
Have you any purple sprouting recipe favourites? I’m very keen to get adventurous when mine finally comes good!
March 1st, 2013 at 5:00 pm
Loved your photos. It’s incredible to see lovely green veggies growing outside at this time of year – everything in our plot is brown and tired-looking 😦
March 4th, 2013 at 9:01 pm
Thank you! My brassicas are certainly shining at the minute,
though the rest of the plot’s looking rather sad and forlorn.
March 4th, 2013 at 7:00 pm
It is lovely to see the garden coming to life and it is time to get seed sowing again. I love this time of year for the purple sprouting broccoli and your Romanesco cauli looks impressive!
March 4th, 2013 at 9:06 pm
Thanks Laura! My first ever Romanescos and I’m pretty happy with them, and they taste pretty good too :). I really must try them out in your roast cauli recipe from last year.
March 5th, 2013 at 12:36 am
I love that pic of the broccoli. really like the angle.
March 9th, 2013 at 9:23 am
March 12th, 2013 at 11:34 pm
Just realised my beetroot and carrot pancakes fit the Simple and in Season theme – entering them now!
March 13th, 2013 at 9:56 am
Thanks for the entry, they most definitely do fit the bill – looking seasonally scrumptious!
March 18th, 2013 at 12:29 pm
Hi Louisa, I’ve emailed my entry across! Ren xx
March 18th, 2013 at 12:55 pm
Thanks Ren, I so love a hotpot!
March 18th, 2013 at 8:37 pm
Your veg look so wonderful! Our cavolo nero is still hanging in, and the sorrel is pushing through nicely, as is the rhubarb, but all else is still very much under wraps. I look forward not only to new seasons’ growth but also to seeing what everyone has to offer for this month’s Simple and In Season.