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Monday, 18 February 2019
February, time to celebrate five seasonal foods
It's hard to believe we are more than half way through February. I wonder have you been celebrating the best of seasonal produce by filling your meals with all the fruit and vegetables February has to offer. Hardy celeriac, a low carb favourite and turnips are both versatile and plentiful, making vegetarian cooking easy. Crisp chicory comes in delicate yellow or bold red varieties and is perfect for adding crisp crunch to winter salads. For sweeter treats, beautiful blood oranges and tropical passion fruit add vibrant colour to any grey winter days.
Bold blood oranges brighten up your kitchen brilliantly during their short winter season. Blood oranges range from a delicate blush pink to deep red, adding intense colour to classic citrus dishes. They are at their sweetest in January and February, when warm Mediterranean days followed by cold nights cause the brightest coloured fruit.
Orange, Mozzarella and Rocket (Arugula) Salad - see details here
Moroccan Orange & Cardamom Cake - see details here
Don't be put off by its appearance – there's beauty beneath celeriac's imperfect skin. A variety of celery cultivated for its edible roots, celeriac has a tough, knobbly outer layer that hides creamy white flesh underneath. Once peeled it will discolour quickly, so submerge in a bowl of water with a squeeze of lemon to keep it fresh.
Also known as endive, chicory has crisp, tightly packed leaves and a delicate, slightly bitter flavour. A forced crop, grown in darkness so it grows quickly in search of light, chicory has white leaves with pale yellow or red tips.
Chicken with baked chicory in a sage and Dijon mustard sauce - see details here
Parma ham, walnut and Roquefort salad with chicory - see details here
Passion fruit bring the sunshine to grey February days. These South American tropical fruits have a tough, inedible skin that is brown or purple in colour. Passion fruit skin shrivels as the fruit ripens, so for the sweetest flesh choose wrinkly fruit, or leave to ripen on a windowsill at home. Grilled prawns with passion fruit dressing - see details here Passion fruit jellies - see details here
Hearty turnips are a classic British winter veg that are in plentiful supply at this time of year. Winter turnips have a peppery flavour that is perfect in warming casseroles, stews and easy one-pot dishes. Mustard Chicken with winter vegetables, including turnips - see details here
Turkey Soup, using a mix of vegetables, turnips if liked - see details here
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