Shopping with the seasons is a great way to save money and eat healthily and naturally; changing your menus to suit the produce available at different times during the year. We’re fortunate enough to live in the Garden of England, where tons of beautiful home-grown produce is available throughout the year. But no matter where you live, shopping seasonally is a great idea, and it’s a wonderful way to find some amazing local producers in your area.
Throughout December and January there are some gorgeous things on offer here in the UK, from parsnips to pomegranate and cranberries, chestnuts and cabbage. Here we’ve compiled a list of some of the best seasonal winter produce to help boost your menu inspiration during the colder months.
Vibrant little clementines are a wonderfully festive addition to any fruit bowl during the winter months. They make the perfect addition to mulled wine and a host of other festive cocktails and beverages, as well as being perfect in a selection of desserts. Try clementine cake, a classic crêpes suzette or a clementine and chestnut torte for an elegant Christmas dessert.
In December the majestic turkey takes its place front and centre at many a dining table across the world. Aside from the perfect roast turkey, try experimenting with turkey mince – great in a stir fry with some chilli and Thai basil. Or, use leftovers to make tasty turkey enchiladas or a fresh turkey salad with some baby new potatoes.
Don’t be scared of sprouts! There are some delicious things you can do with sprouts to make sure that everyone enjoys this seasonal vegetable this winter. Make a gratin with sprouts, bacon, cream and cheese, or roast them with herbs, caramelised onions or toasted almonds for a unique take.
This popular game bird is a great addition to your dinner table during the wintery months. Go for a traditional roasted pheasant with sherry glazed parsnips, serve on a salad of pomegranate and pancetta, or give a tasty coq-au-vin a new twist with the addition of pheasant.
Wintery food isn’t all root veg and roast dinners; seasonal seafood is a great way to create a light, tasty meal even when it’s cooler. Clams are easy to cook and super tasty, as well as being very versatile. How about having a mediterranean feast on Christmas Eve with spicy clams served over spaghetti or ribbons of tagliatelle, or throw some in a delicious paella.
Take a look at some of the winter produce we have in our hampers!