• 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.

The seasonal eating bore

Domestic goddess rating: 20% (weekends off cooking) Five-a-day: 3/5 Food miles: about 40

On the menu: Cereal & juice (breakfast); pasta & pesto (lunch on the go – it’s too sunny to stay inside today); ummm… will update this a bit later, too early to say! (supper)

That’s it, it’s official. I am now a seasonal eating bore.

We had a couple of friends over last night for supper (hi guys!) and had a brilliant time. Only marred slightly by my half-hour rant about the joys of eating seasonally. My poor friends had to sit and listen to me haranguing them about sprout tops and food miles and health benefits and “fresh” food not being fresh by the time it’s reached supermarket shelves and free-range chicken and how wonderful it is to look forward to french beans and … and… and…

What’s happened to me? I used to be such a normal person. Now I’ve gone all evangelical. It made me realise how much this whole idea has grabbed me. Like all new converts, I’m all too eager to try to convert everyone else as well – either I’ll end up with lots of friends who eat cabbage all winter, or I’ll end up with no friends at all….!

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2 Responses

  1. […] us with stories about the joys of seasonal food and the importance of free range chicken, although she prefers to believe she was a […]

  2. What are you talking about?! We had a wonderful – and educational – time.

    And it’s so refreshing to see someone passionate about something other than sport 🙂

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