Romantic Italian Meatballs

Recipe of the Week

Seasonal Produce: there isn’t really one this week!

Cards on the table, I haven’t picked a specific seasonal ingredient this week. Instead I’ve opted for another warming meal to get us through what’s been a fairly bleak February. Having just had Valentines Day this recipe seems appropriate and makes me think of The Lady & The Tramp. Although I’m not sure this one is for sharing! Continue reading

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Orecchiette with kale, pea and walnut pesto

Recipe of the Week

Seasonal Produce: Kale

Disclaimer – this is only the second time that I’ve ever made pasta, so I don’t profess to be a pasta professional! This type of pasta is however very easy to make once you get the hang of it, and there’s something quite relaxing about sitting down to make the little ear-shaped pasta.

The pesto tastes incredibly light and vibrant, and will also go fantastically well with some fresh fish or roasted vegetables. This recipe will leave you with plenty left over to either use over the next few days or to squirrel away in the freezer for a rainy day.

Orecchiette originates from the sunny southern province of Puglia, Italy, and it’s name means ‘little ears’ in Italian. The cup-shaped pasta is perfect to catch chunky sauces as well, so don’t just limit yourself to this recipe!

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IN SEASON: FEBRUARY

Cards on the table, I said to myself that I would write a blog at the start of every month looking at what is currently in season in the South West. It’s now 9th February 2018, and to date, no such promise has been fulfilled.

I always make sure that my Recipe of the Week is cooked using seasonal produce, and struggle to find a list of what’s seasonal in the South West and where are the best places to go.

So, starting as I now mean to go on, it’s February – the shortest month of the year. Interestingly February is the only month that can pass with no full moon -with the exception of about 4 times in a century and 2018 being one of those exceptions! Hopefully you managed to see the beautiful full moon we had last week.

In Old English, February had two names – Solmonath which stood for ‘mud month’ and Kale-monath which stood for kale/cabbage month. And yes, you’ve guessed it – kale and cabbage are high on our list of seasonal produce for this month.

It’s been pretty damn nippy this February and there was even snow falling on Tuesday night. As a result, I’m sticking to stews and casseroles this month. In terms of produce, look out for vegetables such as squashcabbagekale and purple sprouting broccoli.

Ones to make the most of before they go are leeks, cauliflower, cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke and the beloved forced rhubarb.

In terms of other produce, game continues to be on the menu for about another month. If you prefer something lighter then fish such as salmon and cod are readily available. Mussel season is still with us – ending in March – so you’ve got about a month to perfect your mussel cooking recipes!

Others that we haven’t mentioned but which are still in season are; Brussels sprouts, parsnips, turnips, blood oranges and clementines.

HAPPY COOKING! x

Stir-fried Beef with Black Beans, Pak Choi and Bamboo Shoots

Recipe of the Week

Seasonal Produce: Pak Choi

This is a fantastic quick & easy supper choice taken from Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey. The lemongrass really brings this dish to life.

The secret to this dish is making sure you buy some good quality beef as it really will make or break it. It may seem like a lot of ingredients but don’t let that put you off – it really is very quick and easy to do! Continue reading

Superfood Pasta Al Forno

Recipe of the Week

Seasonal Produce: Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Cavolo Nero

 

I’d consider this a real comfort food for those dreary winter nights, but unlike a lot of creamy pasta dishes, it’s crammed full of vegetables which makes it a slightly healthier option.

What’s really nice about this recipe is that the meat isn’t the main focus of the meal. This recipe would do equally as well without the sausages – so if you’re a vegetarian, or embracing meat-free Mondays, then simply remove the sausages – and hey presto, the perfect friend for a cold night in curled up on the sofa.
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