Domestic goddess rating: 50% (freezer day) Five-a-day: 3/5 Food miles: about 40
On the menu: Toast, jam ‘n’ juice (breakfast); peanut butter sandwich (lunch – it’s back-to-work Monday); defrosted chicken casserole, potatoes and savoy cabbage (supper)
Yet more evidence that people around the world are waking up to seasonal eating… I came across a fabby idea on a blog today that positively encourages people to get seasonal.
The blog responsible is Andrea’s Recipes, run by an American mum with some great ideas for food. I often find that US sites have very “American” recipes on them – things that don’t necessarily translate across the big pond. Nothing bad, just unavailable in Europe! But this one’s fine - the latest is a whole lot of bread recipes which one day I’ll get around to trying. I kinda fancy those crunchy apple & cinnamon muffins, too…
But I digress. The bit I’m talking about is called Grow Your Own, and the idea is that each month everyone sends in recipes they’ve made including at least one ingredient they’ve grown for themselves. Which of course means seasonal….
What a great way of getting ordinary “home cooks” thinking about what’s in season now and what to do with it. As well as providing some inspiration for those of us less… well… inspired. There are entries from all around the world, too, so it’s kind of interesting to see what’s in season where (as well as when!) For instance… just learned from January’s contest winners that courgettes (that’s zucchini to the Yanks) is in season in Australia (obvious when you think about it upside-down) and in Brazil they’re eating cilantro (yeah, I didn’t know either – it’s like coriander). And as for malunggay… it’s in season in the Philippines, apparently, and you eat the leaves.
Endlessly interesting… and makes me long for summer again. Sigh…