2019’s introduction to Spring in the UK has been gifted with the odd grace of sunshine, the occasional threat of snow and gusty winds (standard). None the less, the shift to Spring is beginning and with that a new batch of seasonal cooking ensues. Reason on for our pick of Spring Recipes!
What is seasonal cooking and why should we take note? Shopping in season means to buy produce that naturally grows during this period in your corner of the world without artifice, not only reducing the carbon footprint of importing goods from abroad, but giving you fresher produce whilst supporting your local economy. This way of eating has health benefits too – the fresher the produce you are consuming, the more vitamins and minerals that food will contain to be absorbed into your body.
Foods in the season of Spring will vary slightly depending on where you reside due to differences in climate, but will mostly look like:
Asparagus, Cauliflower, Peas, Radishes, Lettuce, Spinach, Spring Greens, Spring Onion, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Rhubarb (check out the BBC Good Food Seasonality Table for more, or research more online).
It’s not always possible to do all of your shopping in season, especially for your region, so it is not about striving for perfection here – it’s about doing the best you can with what you have.
Below are some links to seasonal recipes from around the world, perfect for coming into Spring. Enjoy!
This flavoursome dish from Love and Lemons leaves no waste, incorporating the often tossed broccoli stems into this Asian inspired treat. Tofu isn’t everyone’s protein of choice, so swap out as preferred and enjoy the beautiful flavour combinations of this meal.
Pinch of Yum describe this as ‘An herby, fresh vegan power salad featuring cauliflower, apples, shallots, roasted spiced chickpeas, and a quick grainy mustard dressing’. Need we say any more?
Pasta is a staple in so many homes, but it can sometimes be difficult to break out of the normal pasta dish rut. This delightfully fresh linguini dish features some of Spring’s best offerings, making a worthy addition to weekday meals.
This hearty salad gives the sometimes unloved cauliflower a new lease of life, combined with a rich ginger and peanut sauce and the exotic flavouring of mango. Perfect for those who find themselves tired of salad and want an exciting alternative to lunch or dinner.
You can’t have a list of recipes without featuring a sweet treat, and this delicious tart by Amelia Freer (nutritionist to Sam Smith and more) ticks all of those boxes. The balance of sweet from the custard and that spring tartness from the rhubarb is a perfect combination that you will not regret trying.
Do you have any favourite recipes for Spring? Let us know in the comments!