Eating Seasonally || January’s harvest.

09.01

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One of my goals for 2014 is to cook more responsibly, and more seasonally. Towards the end of last year I made some changes to my shopping habits, and began making an effort to purchase only free range meat. I’d been feeling worried for a while about my role as a consumer of non-free range meat, and found that with a little planning, the switch to free-range (and organic, where possible) meat wasn’t nearly as costly as I had previously thought it would be.

This year, I’m going to be turning my attention towards fruit and vegetables. I’d like to learn more about the cycle of the seasons, and the fruits and vegetables that come to life at different points throughout the year. Jason has dreams of building us a mini herb and salad patch in our postcard-sized garden this year, so we’re hoping that we might even have chance to grow our own produce before the year is out!

At the beginning of each month of this year I’ll be highlighting a few of the fresh ingredients that are at their best during the weeks ahead, along with a few carefully selected recipes that I believe would really make them sing. Then, over the course of the month, I’ll share one or two recipes of my own that showcase the ingredients at their best, and my favourite ways of eating them.

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At their very best in January are leafy greens (like kale, savoy cabbage, cavolo nero, & other brassicas) pomegranates, seville oranges, cauliflower, and swede. I’ll have my first seasonal recipe along next week, but until then, here’s a little collection of some wonderful ways to make the best of this month’s in-season produce. Enjoy!

Dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds || Sweet potato ravioli with kale pesto || Savoy cabbage, tallegio and potato bake || Cauliflower feta fritters with pomegranate || Seville orange curd & other recipes, from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall || Parmesan broth with kale and white beans || Jamie’s carrot and swede mash (plus buttery greens and roast shoulder of lamb) || Gluten free satsuma and pomegranate cake
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  • http://intoruth.blogspot.com Ruth Johnston

    Good for you for eating more responsibly! Would be interested in hearing out you found a cost-effective way to eat free-range/ethically sourced meat, always seemed like a tricky one.

    I think I’m going to enjoy this series a lot, I must say that I got a pomegranate for the first time in ages the other day and it might have been the best one I’ve ever had, shopping in season is definitely the way to go!

  • Brookies

    Photographs are gorgeous. Can’t wait for the food…..

  • http://paperbagblog.wordpress.com Christina

    Beautiful photographs! Every year I say I’m going to eat seasonally, but it rarely happens!

  • http://www.amyliz.co.uk Amy

    This is a wonderful idea – and one quite close to my heart! I’m trying to buy more locally produced foods, which means eating what’s in season more often than not. That sweet potato ravioli recipe is going on my list – and I look forward to seeing what else you come up with :)

  • http://www.alittlelusciousness.com Rosie

    Great post – I think it is so important to eat what we in season. It means variety throughout the year and the best quality produce at the best price.

    I run pop up restaurants and they use as much seasonal produce as possible. Sometimes I have to look to Europe to source continental seasonal ingredients, but come summer, everything I serve at my pop ups will be British, and seasonal.

    It would be wonderful if you ever wanted to come along to one!

    Details on my site – http://www.alittlelusciousness.com

    Rosie xx

  • http://www.thepeppermintpencil.com Anya

    Such a wonderful idea. I’ve wanted to be able to achieve eating seasonally for a while now. It is very hard sometimes, but when you have something in season you can’t beat the taste! I really admire you for going free range too, I don’t think enough people realise quite how important it is, plus how unnecessary it is to eat meat everyday.

    Looking forward to following this series of posts.
    X

  • http://www.littleappletree.co.uk Angela

    What a lovely idea, Rosie! I try to eat seasonally, but it doesn’t always work out that way–sometimes you just need raspberries in January. You might like to look at Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries for inspiration.

  • http://mahsak.blogspot.co.uk Mahsa K

    This was such an interesting read, i’ve never really thought about eating in season, but i’d definitely love to give it a try now.
    Mahsa xx

  • http://www.everywordhandwritten.co.uk Rosie W

    Really good idea Rosie :)

  • Rachel

    Beans are a good thing to grow, as they grow upwards therefore take less space!

  • http://Www.bakecraftexplore.blogspot.co.uk Heather UNDERHILL

    We get all our fruit and veg in boxes from an organic company. Each week you get a different selection in your box with only in season produce and also a few recipes too! I dont buy fruit or veg from anywhere else now!
    Heather x

  • http://www.thebirdsong.co.uk Sophie Brewster

    I grew my own carrots and strawberries and they were amazing – sweeter than anything I’d bought in the supermarkets. :)

  • http://www.beccalouisa.com Becca Louisa

    I have literally had the most rubbish day at work… and it’s not over yet. Just having a quick tea break and thought “I’m going to read Rosie’s blog – that’s sure to make me feel happier and put a smile on my face!” Guess what? It did!! Love the photography! xx

  • http://the-cup-and-saucer.blogspot.com Alice

    This sounds like a great idea. Cooking seasonally means you can get a massive amount of variety into your diet SO easily. Have you thought about getting a veg box? Lots of seasonal produce, and most of them (at least, Riverford/ Abel & Cole) include recipes for the more unusual ingredients too! xx

  • http://www.cleverlittlebuttons.co.uk Cass

    OMG that all looks delicious!!!! great post!!

    http://www.cleverlittlebuttons.co.uk

  • http://cocoandmingo.com Jessica (Coco/Mingo)

    Ah! This post makes me want to eat more kale and pomegranates! Your photographs just make those colors pop! I love eating seasonal fruits and veggies!

  • http://aroseinthecity0.blogspot.com Sarah

    This totally makes me want pomegranate!

    Sarah
    aroseinthecity0.blogspot.com

  • TWbyHD

    The photos are fantastic they make me crave pomegranates! :) ❇♥ Blog written by two friends: http://teenagewastelandbyhd.blogspot.com/ ♥❇

  • http://dinoprincesschar.blogspot.com/ char

    This is a great idea. I hope to join in a little better when I’ve got the allotment up and running properly for the year.

  • http://mycreativephotography.co.uk/ Michelle

    Great photos! Eating with the season is so much better. The food just tastes better then, you explore foods you might have ignored if you just ate the same ol’ thing the whole time. Looking forward to seeing the recipes you share. I am also hoping to find a seasonal foods calendar for Italy but haven’t been too successful. Imagine not that different from England but a few differences. Loving this and looking forward to seeing the rest.

  • http://sevenlivesandmore.blogspot.com/ Melodie

    Hi Rosie! I think it’s a fantastic idea to do this new serie I really can’t wait to read them every month!
    :)
    Many parisian kisses dear!

  • http://mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

    Love pomegranates! Looking forward to seeing what you cook up!

  • http://yeesdear.blogspot.com Diana

    ohhh i’ve been looking for yummy stuff like this! Thanks!
    -Diana

  • http://ladyfaceblog.blogspot.com becca

    These photos are SO gorgeous! I can’t wait to see more of these posts!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

  • http://www.missenchanting.co.uk/ Katie Albury

    This is such a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to more recipes!

    Katie x
    http://www.missenchanting.co.uk/

  • http://www.sallytangle.blogspot.com sally

    Hi di hi lovely lady, i LOVE this new little mini series!!! We have been on board with free range and organic meat for a bit and also milk, which is SO much tastier than regular, you notice it alot if you are a regular cereal/porridge muncher like me :)

    Fruit and veg are hit and miss for us, i try to but organic but dont always. Again i really do think you can taste the difference. I have been trying to make more of an effort to get our fruit and veg from our local farmers market instead. They tend to only really have whats in season and they are also really happy to advise you on whats in and whats not. Plus it is SO much cheaper than M&S or waitrose which is always a bonus.

    Now i am off to have a goosey gander at that gluten free clementine cake…

  • http://www.lovinglifeinwellies.wordpress.com Chelsea

    Those pink (I’ll call them things) because I don’t know if they’re fruit or veg – are the pomegranates?

    Really love this post -I’m the same this year, I’m getting back into my fruit and veggies too, although vegetarian, I don’t eat nearly enough of them.

    Will be following this post theme eagerly!
    C

  • http://www.thelibrarian.co.uk Georgina

    This is a brilliant idea for a blog series, certainly might help keep my healthy eating on track, I look forward to giving some of your recipes a go :) xx

    http://www.thelibrarian.co.uk

  • http://nightlandia.blogspot.com Ash

    Kale is so yummy! I love that a lot of recipes include it now :) A postcard sized garden is definitely big enough to grow a heap in- perhaps you could grow something that will run up the wall to save space? Like runner beans or tomatoes?

    Ash

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