• In season now: May

    New this month: Asparagus! The food of gods... and carrots are back.

    Still in season from last month: cauliflower, chard, green cabbage, salad leaves, main-crop potatoes (from store), salad leaves, sea kale, spring greens, rhubarb

    Goodbye till next year to: Purple sprouting broccoli (sniff, sniff), leeks, stored parsnips, forced rhubarb

  • What I’m doing here

    This all started when I picked the first strawberries from my new allotment.

    I'd never been so enraptured or so excited by food. It was a shock to find that anything could taste so good.

    So what - I'd never had strawberries before?

    No - all the strawberries I'd had were shop-bought, like as not flown in from intensive growers in Spain or Chile, and eaten in winter when strawberries should be a distant summer memory.

    It revolutionised my thinking about the fresh food we eat every day. I started to wonder if you got the same amazing taste from all types of food grown and eaten in season. And then I decided to do something about it.

    The Year of Eating Seasonally is my little experiment to find out what it's really like not to have it all. The only fruit and veg I and my family are going to eat in 2008 will be what's growing in the ground at the time (or, in winter, what I can get out of store).

    I want to find out if the hungry gap is really as hungry as everyone says it is: whether you're really eating nothing but cabbage all winter; and whether you miss strawberries in December.

    Along the way I hope I'll save a few tons of carbon being released into the atmosphere on my behalf, as I won't be requiring those French beans flown from Chile, thanks very much. And I hope I'll be rediscovering what food can really taste like.

    If you have any comments, please feel free to post them anywhere you like - or you can email me at sallywhite@hotmail.com.

Pink food!

Domestic goddess rating: 80% – cheated with cheese-on-toast for lunch, but made up for it with yummy leek pie this evening Five-a-day: 4/5 thanks to super-veggie evening meal Food miles: about 80

On the menu: cheese and home-made pickle on toast (lunch); leek pie, potatoes and savoy cabbage (supper)

It came as a bit of a surprise to realise my braised red cabbage was actually child-friendly. The Princesses were amazed when I took off the lid and they saw…

“PINK FOOD!!”

Yes, it all went down pretty well. Good start, I’d say.

By the way, I heard on the news this morning the National Farmers Union reckons the amount of food the UK produces has gone down by 15% again in 2007 (read a bit more here). This is kind of what all this is about, really – our ability to feed ourselves with food we grow ourselves. I wonder whether the world’s gone mad, sometimes – we have a lovely country here, rich and fertile, lots of agricultural land… yet we can’t put food on our own plates. How nuts is that?

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