• 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.

Going green

Domestic goddess rating: 100% (hit the jackpot this evening) Five-a-day: 5/5 Food miles: about 40

On the menu: Toast, jam ‘n’ juice (breakfast); hmmm… must have eaten something but can’t remember for the life of me what (lunch); beans ‘n’ greens spectacular, with potatoes (supper)

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Generally speaking I avoid taking pics of food as I’m no photographer – but I couldn’t resist this evening as tonight’s supper just looked so pretty.

This is beans ‘n’ greens, something I cooked up from all sorts of different recipe inspirations. It was really, really tasty – and I don’t say that lightly. I loved it, the kids loved it (and even asked when I was going to cook it again), and the camera loved it. Who could ask for more than that. Definitely an instant family favourite, I think!

Incidentally, my foodie hero, Tim Lang, turns out to be everyone else’s too. He was given a lifetime achievement award by the Observer Food Magazine last year, and their journalist Jay Rayner comments, “Tim Lang has a remarkable track for predicting where the food debate is going to go next. We ignore him at our peril.”

Since he’s suggesting that we start feeding ourselves as a nation again, in order to defend ourselves against the food price crisis that I notice everyone’s banging on about today, I think we’d better sit up and listen.

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