April Foodie Round-up – Fabulous Spring ingredients

food round-upOK.  It still doesn’t seem all that Spring like does it?   Despite all the teasing, it surely can’t be far off can it? But whether it chooses to show its face shortly or not, there are plenty of fabulous Spring ingredients around at the moment, so we can just pretend it’s all sunshine and bouncing lambs instead…

Starting off with the humble Cauli, it’s not just great baked in a cheese sauce, it  handles spices incredibly well too, as Taste Space shows us with a mean Cauliflower Dal with Panch Phoran.

Celeriac, that very knobbly and noble of vegetables, is also at its prime right now.  It makes a wonderful soup as Gannet and Parrot demonstrate with their lovely Celeriac and Apple Version.

If you like Fish then this time of year must be your favourite.  There’s so much that’s good right now, including Cod.  I will always miss vinegar drenched cod & chips, even if it’s not that good for your waistline.  If you’re looking for something a little lighter, how about this great Healthy Cod with Thyme and Porcini from PebbleSoup?

The Pescetonian has a virtuous recipe too – a Honey Soy Salmon with Carrot Ginger Brown Rice, and I had to include this gorgeous looking Courgette Topped Sea Bass from the lovely Leeks and Limoni.  I also think  MamaCooks Rarebit for Fish would go with just about anything.  And whilst I am sure the seasonal charts are referring to the fresh stuff when it comes to Mackerel I am a big fan of the smoked variety, and I really like the sound of RenBehan’s Smoked Mackerel Omelette (Ren’s blog is a mecca of all things seasonal by the way, and well worth a browse!).

Over at Emily’s Recipes and Reviews there’s a Crab and Mascarpone Ravioli that’s both beautiful and delicate.  Another seasonal crustacean you can’t miss the boat with (!) is Lobster.  Take a look at Food I Fancy and their great guide to Steamed Lobster with Garlic Butter.

Mint primarily gets made into Mojitos in our house, but I will be making these Pea, Mint and Ricotta Parcels from Utterly Scrummy next time we have a surplus…

There’s a great rib sticker over on Slow Cooker Queen, a Lamb and Sweet Potato Casserole with Dumplings – making the most of a great seasonal ingredient and saving you time.  Perfect!

Fab Food For All makes great use of seasonal Leeks with a hearty looking Turkey Bacon and Leek Pie.  Perhaps you could serve it with some fabulous Jersey Royals?    Talking of tubers, FishFingers For Tea intrigued me with their Potato Pizza post.   Something else you can do with those seasonally limited New Potatoes perhaps?

Sweet Juicy Peppers are good for the table right now too, and I loved this recipe for Sweet Bell Pepper Poppers with Butter Chicken and Cannellini Rice from the very talented Anyonita Nibbles.

Giving it a promotion from its usual side dish status, Kitchen Delights gives Purple Sprouting Broccoli pride of place in this Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Cheddar Tart, but hurry, the stuff grown in the UK is not around for much longer…

There’s lots of lovely green leafy veg about as well… The fabulously named Amuse Your Bouche offers a hug in a bowl with her Cheesy Spinach and Garlic Rice, and  Skinny Cakes and Other Bakes dishes up a great sounding Spring Greens with Garlic Pine Nuts – Vitamin D without the sunlight!

Something from my own kitchen now (and covering the seasonal Spring Onions category) – Pad Thai is a dish that’s great whatever’s going on weather wise.

Elizabeths Kitchen makes the best of a herb that’s in season, with a Walnut and Rosemary Pesto.  Add it to pasta or fish and Bob’s your Uncle!

Time for the sweet stuff now.   I wish I could bake like Rachel from Dolly Bakes, she gives another seasonal ingredient a good run for its money with the beautiful looking Rhubarb Ripple Bundt Cake.

Not seasonal at all but because it happens to be one of my favourite cakes (and I will be seeking this out in the Black Forest next weekend) – here’s the most beautiful Black Forest Gateau I think I have ever seen, from the quite brilliant English can Cook.

And finally, because it wouldn’t be a Foodie Round Up without a decent Brownie recipe, here’s a great Glazed Lemon version from Melksham Mum!

In the hope that it might encourage the sun to come out (and because we can hopefully start to think about them soon), next month’s round-up will focus on holiday food.  What are your favourite gastronomic discoveries from your travels?  The linky is back from its short vacation too, so add away people, add away!

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About Emma Raphael

Emma Raphael left the UK for Copenhagen in 2009, with her ever-patient husband and two small children.
Having enjoyed a couple of years in Scandinavia, Emma and her family found they enjoyed Expat life so much that they now reside in Munich – where the pace of life is relaxed, her language skills are small, and the mountains and bier halls are very large. Being one half of a self-proclaimed foodie couple, Emma enjoys the new produce and restaurants in each new country she resides in, and has made it her mission to convince people that English food no longer deserves the bad rap it once had. She can be found in the kitchen when she’s feeling homesick, trying to recreate comfort food from home. She also has huge passions for travel, photography, art, wine, gardening (although according to her Bavarian neighbours, she’s not much good at that!) and her family (of course)!


  1. 09 April 2013 / 16:09

    Thank you for including one of my recipes.

    • 15 April 2013 / 09:00

      You are very welcome! šŸ™‚

  2. 10 April 2013 / 00:53

    Thank you for highlighting my dal. šŸ™‚ I linked up a Colombian-inspired bean dish… I really hope this brings hot weather a bit closer. šŸ™‚

    • 15 April 2013 / 09:01

      Thank you Janet… Do you know, I think it might be working (touch wood!) šŸ™‚

  3. 10 April 2013 / 20:07

    What a lovely round up and thanks for including my brownies! šŸ™‚

    • 15 April 2013 / 09:01

      Thank you MM… Thanks for thinking up such a great recipe! šŸ™‚

  4. 11 April 2013 / 12:03

    Thanks for the mention! Lovely round up with plenty of great ideas šŸ™‚

    • 15 April 2013 / 09:02

      Thanks Elizabeth!

  5. 11 April 2013 / 14:26

    Excellent round up! So many yummy sounding recipes; can’t wait to have a look at them! Thanks for featuring me!

    • 13 April 2013 / 17:17

      I am so chuffed to be mentioned that I am thinking a dedicating a recipe to this round up.

      • 15 April 2013 / 09:30

        That would be brilliant, thank you! šŸ™‚

    • 15 April 2013 / 09:30

      You’re welcome Anyonita! šŸ™‚

  6. 12 April 2013 / 17:13

    Thank you so much for the mention! It’s a lovely round up, and it’s introduced me to some great new blogs – thank you!

    • 15 April 2013 / 09:35

      Thank you Katherine! šŸ™‚

  7. 17 April 2013 / 06:03

    Thanks for the linky suggestion, it gave me the idea to have a go making Gyros!

  8. 22 April 2013 / 19:13

    That sounds (and looks brilliant!) šŸ™‚